Dr. Maritza Mascarenhas Sadowsky was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a D.M.A. in music from the University of Miami, an M.A. in music history and piano from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.M. in piano performance from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and a B.A. in architecture from Santa Ursula University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has continued studies in piano performance and music education at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria, and at the Universities of Miami, Virginia, and Phoenix.
Dr. “M” is an accomplished pianist and has presented numerous lectures and performances in Europe, South America, and the United States. In addition, she has also worked to promote multicultural music exchanges for musicians and artists in the US and Brazil through Promusica E Arte, Inc.
She has taught general vocal music to grades pre-K through college in Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Spain and is currently a vocal music teacher and chorus director at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Since 2007, her focus has been teaching music to non-verbal children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and are in a self-contained classroom setting. In addition, she received the 2004 Bettie Keiger Best Private Music Educator Award in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Sadowsky currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her daughter Solune, her husband Bill, and their cat Vadim.