Maria Sensi Sellner
Hardly glancing at the singers, Maria Sensi Sellner just seemed to know what they were going to do, and to provide just the right support.
— Dallas Morning News

A Passionate Innovator

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner’s artistry, versatility, and fresh approach to programming are making her an increasingly coveted collaborator for opera companies, orchestras, and choruses. Praised as “mightily impressive”, she was the first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting and recently made her debut with the Dallas Opera Orchestra as one of six international conductors selected for the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.

As Artistic & General Director of Resonance Works Pittsburgh, the company which she founded in 2013, Maria developed a unique programming model which mixes a broad range of classical music repertoire and performing forces to engage audiences with relevant and compelling musical experiences. Going into its 7th season, Resonance Works showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater – often on the same program - and has been recognized as having “demonstrated an innovative streak in its musical programming earning its own niche in the city’s concert landscape." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

a thorough musician who inspires her musicians, bringing vision, incredible energy and tenacity to all that she does.
— ROBERT PAGE to the Tribune Review



Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets in concert

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
August 2-4, 2019

Cover Conductor


I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

world premiere

White Snake Projects
September 20-22, 2019

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The National anthems

Resonance Works Pittsburgh
November 2-3, 2019

with tours of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh!



When Maria is conducting opera, she is in her element… tempos are well chosen; incisive without being pushed; voices are robust and rarely covered; the drama unfolds with energy and conviction; ensemble is extraordinarily tight…

Mightily impressive, this is excellent work.
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Photos from recent performances

Bernstein’s  Serenade , May 2019

Bernstein’s Serenade, May 2019

Bach’s  St. John Passion,  March 2019

Bach’s St. John Passion, March 2019

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