What She Looks Like: Maria Bella Jeffers, Cellist

Here’s the next installment of performing arts professionals who prove that motherhood works beautifully in our unique lifestyle while also being honest about the logistics that come with the exciting combination of life, love, and art.
I first met Maria while working on Broadway for the Tony-nominated play King Charles III. I was covering three actresses and Maria played the cello for the two-piece live orchestrations that contributed the live underscoring throughout the entire show. Basically, mamas just killing it. Six days a week we showed up, ready, and part of a fantastic creative team. Maria’s daughter is the third generation of performing artist upbringing – Maria includes her own experience of growing up under her mother’s music. Looks like it had a stunning effect on her to me!

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Maria Bella Jeffers. Cellist and Performing Mama, NYC.

Name: Maria Bella Jeffers

Profession: Cellist
Parent Status: Daughter, aged 21 months


What surprised you:

SCHEDULING! I had no idea that scheduling a free-lance life could get that much more complicated. My husband is also a freelance musician and we had to consciously make the effort to talk about things other than scheduling after the first 5 months.

What excited you:
Creating a person!!!! The magic of a tiny human being is unlike any other kind of magic and I was so ready to marvel and love.

 

What challenged you:

Finding time to get work done at home. The business side of our profession and also basic home maintenance became things to schedule.

What you look forward to:

Date nights.
Work I love.
Time with my little girl.  
That order is interchangeable.
What you think people should know:

That being on top of it is crucial and so is commitment to being flexible. I also happen to think that getting too deep into the internet about any topic on parenting can create stress. We are all intelligent, caring, educated folks and our babies are designed to survive and learn.

Your favorite mommy-artist story:

I think the hand-offs of our little girl from a person with a cello to a person in a tux carrying a bass trombone are pretty wild. It has happened fairly regularly.
Also, I am the daughter of working musicians and grew up under the piano as my mother taught voice lessons. I would color in the pews while my mom conducted her church choirs and I would insist on being at her feet in rehearsals. I liked being able to see the whole chorus sing. I also saw a male conductor on TV and asked my mother if men were allowed to conduct. 
I love that so much….

My favorite quotes:

That being on top of it is crucial and so is commitment to being flexible…We are all intelligent, caring, educated folks and our babies are designed to survive and learn.

– Maria Bella Jeffers,  NYC Cellist

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I think the hand-offs of our little girl from a person with a cello to a person in a tux carrying a bass trombone are pretty wild. It has happened fairly regularly.

– Maria Bella Jeffers,  NYC Cellist

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Maria Bella Jeffers. Cellist, NYC. Killin it as a mom in between strings.

 


Did you see adult artist parents growing up? I did. And it made a huge impact on my bravery.

More profiles coming soon!

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