Marea began studying oboe in Vancouver at the age of thirteen. She holds a Bachelor of Music from U.B.C., an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music and a Master of Music degree from Boston University.
As a freelance musician in Vancouver, Marea plays principal oboe with Sinfonia Orchestra of the North Shore and Kamloops Symphony, and has played with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, National Broadcast Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony and several other groups. She is also a member of the Ad Mare Wind Quintet and Reed Trio.
Marea is on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, Trinity Western University, Douglas College, and the Vancouver Academy of Music as well as maintaining a home teaching studio.