photo: Rashun Hayes

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.


Soul Sanctuary

Release Date: February 4, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6406
21st Century
Folk Music
Vocal Music
Soprano Maria Clark and pianist Maria Thompson Corley navigate the intense emotion, scars of suffering, and religious passion in the hymns and gospels on SOUL SANCTUARY from Navona Records. Featuring empowering spirituals from the past two centuries, the duo brings to life religious songs that have stood the test of time and find deep relevance today. Arranged by Thompson Corley and recorded in Atlanta GA’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church, these spirituals, including His Eye is on the Sparrow, Wade in the Water, and Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, offer uplifting outlooks in the face of adversity.