A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.M., Piano) and The Juilliard School (M.M., D.M.A., Piano), Maria Thompson Corley has performed in venues like the Liszt Academy. Her solo and collaborative recordings are released by Naxos, Albany, MSR Classical, and others. Excerpts from her albums have been featured in films and television soundtracks, as well as on radio and digital platforms, nationally and internationally.
Corley’s short-form opera The Sky Where You Are (Jenny O’Connell, librettist) premiered in 2020 as part of The Decameron Opera Coalition’s award-winning virtual series, Tales from a Safe Distance. The Place (Sandra Oyinloye, librettist) was commissioned by Lyric Opera of the North for DOC’s subsequent production.An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, Corely was chosen for the 2020-21 American National Association of Teachers of Singing mentorship program, and in 2021-2022 was asked to become a mentor in the same program. Her publishers include Walton, Classical Vocal Reprints, NoteNova, and North Star. Her music has been commissioned, performed, recorded, and/or taught by numerous musicians and entities in the United States and abroad.