Meet Our New Assistant Registrar!

April 28th, 2015 in Event/News with NO COMMENTS

Meet Maria van der Sloot

Community Music Center of Boston is happy to welcome Maria van der Sloot to our team as our new Assistant Registrar. Maria will be working in the front office with Registrar Matt Bailin to help with program registration, tuition payments, and scheduling.

We sat down and chatted with Maria about her musical past…

We know you have a strong music background. Do you remember when you were first introduced to music?

I was born into a musical family. Both of my parents are violin teachers and arts administrators, and my four siblings are also musicians – between us, we cover violin, viola, cello, piano, composition, drums, guitar, voice, and musical theater! I grew up with Bach staring at me from a portrait in the living room and violin discussed at the dinner table – something that I assumed was commonplace as a child. In retrospect, it was quite special, and I feel very lucky to be exposed to great music from an early age.

You went to New England Conservatory of Music and received your B.M. in Violin Performance. At what age did you start playing the violin?

I started violin when I was five years old. My older brother had just begun piano lessons, and I was jealous of the attention and determined to one-up him.
I also play viola and piano, although not as well as violin, and I studied classical voice for six years.

How was your experience at NEC?
My time at NEC was wonderful and filled with great experiences.  The highlight of my time at NEC was my string quartet, The Emma Quartet. We worked intensively together for two years and shared some amazing experiences, including performing in Jordan Hall, a residency in Banff, Canada, and working directly with a composer commissioned by the BSO. The other members became – and remain – some of my closest friends. I was also involved in NEC’s Community Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Musicianship programs, through which I had the opportunity to plan and implement special performances outside of NEC (at senior living facilities, hospitals, and museums, to name a few). Lastly, I was a Resident Assistant for a year – which was a lot of fun!

Welcome to the Music Center, Maria!

Thank you! I’ve enjoyed meeting CMCB families and students, and am excited to continue to get to know everyone and share in the wonderful music-making that happens here! Parents can find me in the front office on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, or reach me by email ( or by phone (617-482-7494 ext. 54). 

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