Maroney studied at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA ’74), Bennington College (audits ’69 – ’71) and Williams College (BA ’71). His teachers included John Bergamo, Alan Chaplin, Bill Dixon, Jimmy Garrison, Leonid Hambro, Ingram Marshall, Steven Mosko, Morton Subotnick, James Tenney and Ki Wasitadipuro.
Maroney has received grants from: Chamber Music America’s New Works Creation and Presentation Program; the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to compose for Medicine Show’s productions of Jack Agueros’ The Sea of Chairs and e.e. cummings’ HIM; Yale Summer School of Music & Art (YSSMA) for a composer-in-residence fellowship; ASCAP, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for a Roulette commission, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for a composition fellowship, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust for a Tambastics (quartet with Robert Dick, Mark Dresser, and Gerry Hemingway) commission, Jerome Robbins Foundation for a Nimbus Dance Theater commission, and Meet the Composer on several occasions.
Maroney also has worked with such musicians as Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Shelley Hirsch, John King, Garrett List, Roger Miller, Michael Moore, Bob Ostertag, William Parker, Bobby Previte, Herb Robertson, Ed Schuller, Elliot Sharp and Peter Zummo. He has also worked with such dance and theater artists as Davidson Lloyd, Sin Cha Hong, Tom Keegan, Tom Lillard, Erin Martin, Wendy Osserman and Mel Wong.