Maria Arrua ('13 M.M. violin) has been invited to participate in Project Inclusion for the summer 2014 season of the Grant Park Orchestra (Chicago, IL).
Project Inclusion is a partnership with the Chicago Sinfonietta that aims to increase diversity among orchestra ensembles and guide young musicians toward successful professional careers in music. Outstanding young career professionals are hand-selected to rehearse and perform with the Grant Park Orchestra and receive one-on-one mentoring from seasoned orchestra musicians. Project Inclusion fellows also perform at community concerts in neighborhoods around the city and take part in workshops and demonstrations for Classical Campers.
Maria is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and associate concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the University's Sinfonia da Camera. Maria is married to fellow Penn State alum Matthew Sheppard, who is also a doctoral student at the University of Illinois.