Maria Russell has been a professional pianist since the age of eleven receiving the Devos Music Scholarship from the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, she achieved a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance
as well as a Bachelors and Master of Computer Science. Maria in collaboration with her mom, Gloria V. Russell, has written
an original musical, "Wonderland Escapades", based on the popular story of 'Alice in Wonderland'. The short 35 minute
version made it's debut in the Las Vegas at-risk schools November 5th & 6th, 2013. A world premiere is in the works for 2014.
Maria's musical background features performances at several Las Vegas casino/hotels and restaurants including the Forum
Shops at Caesars Palace and most recently the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas. Serving as the Musical Director and
Keyboardist for the City of Las Vegas Melodramas in the Park, she arranged scores to fit the action and drama of the plays.
As pianist for the Nevada Opera Theatre, she performed piano and keyboard with the orchestra for the production of Gigi.
Maria has produced five CDs and currently plays for the Nevada Opera Theatre, Myron Heaton Chorale and for Holy Family
Church. The Record Label, Tate Music Group has produced the second edition of “Soaring with Angels” CD. Other
achievements include being a freelance graphic artist and website designer.