Maxfield started her studies at Brigham Young University in the School of Music but transferred eventually to Boston's Berklee College of Music. In 2009, as a Fulbright scholarship recipient, she went to the University of Limerick to study Irish music, albeit on a cello. Her time in Limerick was spent in master classes with Frankie Gavin and other giants of the fiddling world.
In early 2013 Maxfield unveiled both a new album and a new book, The Irish Cello Book: Traditional Tunes & Techniques. Maxfield is currently the communications director for the Utah Valley Cello Society and also teaches aspiring cellists. She, her husband, and their son currently live in Utah.