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About Maria’s Music

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PRESS

“Recommended for minimizing stress… meant to relax listeners in a matter of minutes.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Maria has a powerful gift. She is a Pied Piper of the Soul.“ I could see every part of my psyche as Maria played her flutes, beginning with the playful nymph and continuing on down to the deeper recesses of my soul. Like singing me softly with her song, she captured, with music, the chism inside me.”

CAROLE JACOBS, SHAPE MAGAZINE

“With a command of one hundred flutes, Kostelas’ delicacy and warmth augment the spiritual territory she explores in these arrangements.”
HEALING LIFESTYLES AND SPAS MAGAZINE

 

AUTHORS

“Maria Kostelas has an astonishing gift. She can catch the mood of an audience in her music, carrying them to their hearts on a stream of sound. I loved working with her in guided meditations. She caught every nuance of emotion behind the words, and wove a tapestry of music that supported the deepest level of my intentions. It was a privilege to work with her.”
JOAN BORYSENKO, PH.D.

“Maria’s music creates a deep sense of tranquility. She has a remarkable ability to make a powerful connection with her audience as she intuits their needs and composes beautiful melodies which open, heal and transform. Her intuitive music invites the listener to experience who they are more fully.”
JUDITH ORLOFF, M.D

 

AUDIENCES/
CLIENTS

“Thank you for your concert performance, story weaving and your presence at our 30th Annual National Wellness Conference this year. Many people indicated in the evaluations that they would like to have Maria and her flutes back at future conferences. Other comments were: “She was awesome,” “She is caring and magical in her presentation.” “She moved me to tears”, “Just what I needed, thank you for allowing my heart to open!” With comments like these I smile and say yes, we have found a gift. She is the special person who can deliver to our audience! She understood them and spoke and played her flute in a way that connected to them on an intimate level.”
NANCY THORSON, CONFERENCE COORDINATOR
NATIONAL WELLNESS INSTITUTE

“Maria's presentation to our medical group was a soulful inspiration for us all. In our efforts to form an Integrative Medicine alliance, we have found ourselves searching for various ways to define just exactly what it is that we are trying to do. Maria's music and guidance helped us to remember the beauty, grace, and harmony that our healing efforts may achieve when we open to our deepest alignment. Her work was both a blessing and a guidepost for our efforts.”
TERRANCE W. DUSHENKO, PH.D.

“Maria's performance during CAMFT's Annual Conference was the "soul" of the Conference. We asked Maria, while on site, to stay for two extra days because everyone was so incredibly moved by her melodies”.
MICHELE HYSON, CMP
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS

“Maria’s music made it possible for our spirits to be set free and to see how our lives parallel the lives of others. It was a fascinating evening of discovery.”
C.D., VICE SQUAD DETECTIVE

“This talented and soulful musician performed at our spa’s grand opening and perfected the evening with her spirited music. What really distinguishes Maria from other performers is her passion for her expression and the unique and poignant style in which she conveys it. Maria’s music provides a serene background for our clients and eases them into ideal tranquility.”
NINA MONTEE, NINA MONTEE SPA

“Maria's music heals the individual, the community and the planet. Through her music we transcend language and culture. Intimate moments with friends and family resonate with personal history. Small, formal mastermind groups bringing together international dignitaries are united through tone and sound. Large gatherings such as the 2003 conference of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists beckon awareness and higher consciousness. In all of these settings, I have experienced Maria and how her flutes awaken the spirit and challenge the soul to joy.”
LISA CREAMER O'DONNELL

“The beauty and tranquility Maria conveys through her flute music reflects her soul’s influence here on Mother Earth. Enjoy the experience of inspiration and healing body, mind and soul. Her recording was a best seller from day one.”
PAM KAI, www.theblueplanet.com

“Thank you for making our stress reduction workshop a success. Your performance and seminar enhanced the information presented and resulted in greater participation. Most importantly, the attendees took valuable tools with them they use on their own. We were impressed by our attendees acknowledgement and comments regarding your work and are already booked up for the next session.”
PETER GEORGILAS, PROMOTIVATE CORPORATE TRAINING

“I have had the pleasure of working with Maria on quite a few occasions. Her musical talent and intuitive nature set the mood for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition fundraiser of over 500 guests. She also provided the perfect environment for a holiday party for over 300 investment bankers and their guests. I would highly recommend Maria Kostelas for any occasion or special event.
MELISSA DARPINO, DIRECTOR OF CATERING, PATINA CATERING

“I attended "Journey of the Soul - The Healing Power of Music”. This was one of the most useful conference sessions that I had the privilege to be part of. Her work was so useful and well presented, that I asked for a personal session with Maria, which was even more powerful. I still use the tape of that session, as well as the CDs of Maria’s amazing flute music.”
CONNIE SAKRISON, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

“Maria presents an exceptional opportunity for couples to explore their feelings together through the wonderful tone poems she creates uniquely for them. Marcy surprised me with a session with Maria for our anniversary, and after feeling initially reticent, I wholeheartedly enjoyed the outcome. Maria is a talented and gifted musician, who uses her intuition to create a magical harmonious experience for those who fall under her spell.”
STRATHFORD HAMILTON, DIRECTOR

“I had a totally enchanting evening of being transported by Maria’s flutes. It was simply mesmerizing. It was so beautiful, so penetrating, so healing, that clapping felt inappropriate, lest it spoil the peaceful space between selections. I still cherish the gift of listening to Maria and her flutes.”
LYNETTE FRANCIS, MD

“What a way to end the work week! Maria’s music brought me to a state of peacefulness that I normally don’t reach until Sunday afternoon, just before I start to think about Monday.”
GERRY TORRIBIO, ENGINEER

“Maria's teaching methods inspire the inner child in all of us to come out and play! Definitely, the most fun I've ever experienced in a workshop setting.”
LINDA ATNIP, AUTHOR, "MIRANDA'S MAGIC GARDEN"

“Maria’s highly sensitive and visionary sounds helped to give birth to my dance movements and provide a powerful stimulus to my performance art. Since her music has such a depth of resonance with my own inner expression, she becomes co-creator and partner in much of the dance work.”
ANUSIA POMASKA, PERFORMANCE ARTIST

“Maria Kostelas’ Healing Power of Music Workshop is an opportunity to explore another dimension. She will take you on a musical journey that is both mesmerizing and transformational . She speaks a language of her own through the medium of her flutes.”
PAUL A. LEWIS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST

“Maria’s musical technique brings together the artistry of a true musician and the healing touch of a metaphysician. Her performance offers the listener immediate feedback about current issues in their life. Her music session was a learning experience and a concert of beautiful music, tailored to the listener’s ear.”
ALLAN WEISER, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

“The songs from Maria’s flutes wove their way through the audience. At first, I was only aware of the other people, their faces, their emotions. Then, it seemed like you were just playing for me, one on one, as I rode your music to a place of balance and personal intuition. Long after the music ended, the feelings remained. Thank you.”
PENELOPE TORRIBIO, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

“During my flute session I felt my spirits lift and as flute voices led me on a spiritual journey, I felt a deep sense of peace and healing. Maria’s interpretation of my reading was very profound with images that spoke to my personal language of symbol and gave me something important to contemplate long after I went home.”
KARIN WILSON, MASSAGE THERAPIST

 

 
EDUCATORS

“As a flutist and music educator, Maria demonstrates and performs world music, interweaving performance with stories from many cultures, ancient through contemporary. Her interdisciplinary approach and cross-cultural knowledge makes her uniquely qualified to provide children with an integrated experience combining exploration of practical science with performing, visual, and language arts.”
SUSAN E. ANNETT
PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN, PUBLIC SERVICES, SANTA MONICA

“Maria’s presentation of her 100-piece world flute collection was both educational and inspiring. The teachings about multi-cultural issues were made memorable students through their participation in the variety of activities presented. Maria brought the world to the children in a unique way.”
PATTY JONES, DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S
ART COLLECTION, BARNSDALL ART PARK

“Your program fits in perfectly with our mission at Kidspace, because you provided interactive opportunities for all the children who were in attendance. Children, ranging in age from 3 to 9, loved playing various flutes from around the world, as well as learning about how they are made. The staff particularly enjoyed watching the children work together using flutes to communicate.”
HILARY BUCS, PUBLIC PROGRAMS COORDINATOR, KIDSPACE

“Maria’s “Flute Circle” has been a wonderful addition to the Club program. Maria is a talented musician and instructor. She works well with children to inspire them to participate and make music. We have seen growth in the children’s self-confidence, a direct result of the new skills they have learned. Through this exciting music project, our club members are experiencing the world beyond their neighborhoods; they are learning a sense of their personal ancestry, as well as seeing similarities and differences between music and instruments throughout the world.”
HEIDI KNOWLER, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA