Maya Hoover


Praised for her outstanding artistry, “vocal beauty of high technical caliber,” “vocal flare and flamenco abandon,” and “gifted storytell[ing],” mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover has appeared on stages throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and China.

Her recent engagements include concerts with renowned soprano Sumi Jo and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra; Fauré Requiem (Morris Choral Society, New Jersey); Brahms Alto Rhapsody (Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado); Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (GPO, HSO, and Bellingham Festival of Music); Verdi Requiem (Tuscia Operafestival, Italy); Mozart Requiem (Orquesta Sinfónico de Trujillo, Perú; Honolulu and Kona, Hawai‘i); Handel Messiah (Maui Chamber Orchestra); Falla El sombrero detres picos (HSO); The Magic Flute (Second Lady) and Il Trovatore (Inez) with Hawai‘iOpera Theatre; Madama Butterfly (Suzuki) with Opera Ft. Collins; Carmen (Mercédès) at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (NJ); and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Chamber Music Hawai‘i) in a production staged by Henry Akina.

In 2018, she was the featured artist for the Art Song Preservation Society of New York’s summer festival at the Manhattan School of Music in a program of all Latin American art songs with her musical partner of more than twenty years, pianist José Meléndez.

She has also appeared with Festival Mozart y Beethoven, Festival Internacional Bach, and Festimúsica Internacional (Peru); Songs Across the Americas Festival (Bolivia); Bellingham Festival of Music; Bloomington Early Music Festival; Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica; Auditorio Fabio Lozano (Bogotá, Colombia); and Teatro Municipal (Trujillo, Peru). As a recitalist, she has performed regularly with José Meléndez for over two decades in innovative programs frequently highlighting Latin American, Spanish, and other outstanding lesser-known works.

Maya Hoover is an alumna of Binghamton University, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University. She is the author/editor of Guide to the Latin American Art Song Repertoire: An Annotated Catalog of Twentieth-Century Art Songs for Voice and Piano (Indiana University Press) and is Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is a roster artist with Wade Artist Management, and a student of Andrea DelGiudice.