Maria von Trapp

Biography for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class made by Lauren C.

Maria von Trapp was born on January 26, 1905 in Austria and died March 28, 1987.

Significant Events in History that Affected Maria's Life

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Great Depression

Maria's Childhood

Maria was an orphan as a young child starting at the age of 7. She attended college at the State Teachers College for Progressive Education in Vienna by the time she was 18 years old. From there she went on to Nonnberg Academy where she intended to become a nun until she crossed paths with the Trapp family.

People Who Influenced Maria's Life

  • Maria, the young and sick child whom she taught, was the very reason why she came to the von Trapp household. Maria, the child, holds a very special place in her heart because of all the time they spent together.
  • George, her husband, showed her a life where she could find joy and happiness in the family that surrounds her. They did not exploit their home to parties like other traditional couples
  • Father Wasner was a bishop that eventually moved to America with them during the second world war. He was the children's singing teacher and he was treated like a member of the family.

Unique facts...

  • Before coming to the von Trapp family, Maria was in teaching to become a nun at Nonnberg Abbey. However, after she married George von Trapp she was not able to fulfill that dream so she instead incorporated many christian traditions into the family's everyday life.
  • Maria and George von Trapp were visiting a newly built museum in Austria when suddenly the saw Hitler sitting at the dining table across from them.
  • They bought a small farm in Stowe, Virginia the second time they came to America. They planted crops and had cows, pigs, horses, and even a small garden.


  • She changed George's life. She was so encouraging while singing with the kids and he became more involved with his children's lives once she came into the family.
  • Her and the kids won fist prize at the festival for group singing nearby in Austria. This was the first award they received.
  • They were a hit at the Town Hall where every up and coming singer dreamed of performing.
  • They put on a Trapp Family Music Camp right at there home in Stowe, Virginia which brought more families close together during the war.
  • She was the VP and co-founder of the Trapp Family Relief Inc. that helped thousands of Austrians in need of supplies after World War II. They gathered supplies from America during their concert tours and sent them to their home country.
George and Maria von Trapp

The theme of Maria's life was...

  Maria von Trapp's theme of her story is love is the most important force. She always made sure the family was together before anything else. She experienced many dark days in her life but she never lost hope because she knew she always had her family.

Maria's words of advice and what she taught me...

  • "The only important thing on Earth for us is to find out what is the Will of God an do it"(13).
  • "Well, times change and so may ideas; but the human heart and human nature remains the same"(74).
  • "As long as we live here we see only the reverse side of the weaving, and very often the pattern, with its threads running widely, doesn't seem to make sense. Some day, however, we shall understand"(103).

From Maria, I have learned many more lessons than I thought of imagined. She went through serious troubles with money, safety, and even living but she came through. I learned to never lose hope. I always have God standing there next to me guiding me and everything will come through in the end. I shall never give up and never give in.

Works Cited

"All Points North - Beautiful Music." All Points North - Beautiful Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"Maria Von Trapp." ICollectorcom Online Auctions Upcoming Auctions. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"Maria Von Trapp with Julie Andrews." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"My Favorite Things." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"The Sound of Music - Trailer [1965] [38th Oscar Best Picture]." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

Trapp, Maria Augusta. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1949. Print.

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2 years ago

Wow! Great lessons you have learned! What an amazing woman! 😄😃😀😊