Singing Quotes

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ~Chinese Proverb

He who sings frightens away his ills.  ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.  ~Emory Austin

I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.  ~William James

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy

Sweetest the strain when in the song
The singer has been lost.
~Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

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Soprano Cindy Koistinen completed her MMus in Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia where she taught class voice and had the opportunity to perform several roles including the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Ann Putnam from The Crucible and Belinda from Dido and Aeneas. She has performed internationally in concerts in the Czech Republic as well as the lead role of Sandrina in Mozart’s Die Gärtnerin Aus Liebe. Other operatic roles she has performed include the role of Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheé aux Enfers, Donna Anna from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata. 


Cindy's concert work includes Schubert’s Mass in G under the baton of Ivars Taurins, the Brahms Requiem and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir conducted by Noel Edison as well as Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, and Sibelius’ Luonnotar for soprano and orchestra. While living in Toronto, Cindy co-founded Duo Freya - a singer/piano collaboration focused on performing Scandinavian art song and solo piano pieces. Duo Freya's debut CD Diamonds of the North – Songs from Scandinavia was recorded at the CBC studios in Toronto and officially released in November of 2010.


Cindy has been teaching privately for over ten years and has taught in both Vancouver and Toronto. Her students have been accepted into Grant MacEwan's Theatre Arts program, the University of Alberta, University of Toronto's voice performance program, the Edmonton Opera Chorus, and the COSI opera program in Italy. She is passionate about working with the voice and the personal growth and fulfillment that discovering one's voice can bring. She especially enjoys working with adult beginners and aspiring professional singers where she can draw on her own experiences to help guide them in the right direction. 


Phone:  780 952-3919



Location:  Downtown @ MacEwan's Alberta College Conservatory of Music 10050 MacDonald Drive and at home studio near Rexall Place within an easy walk of Coliseum LRT station.