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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Maura Sharkey-Pryma

Maura Sharkey-Pryma has enjoyed teaching voice and performance artistry to young and mature singers since 1991, and instructs from both her private home studio and studio at the MacEwan Alberta College Conservatory of Music in Edmonton. She trains students in classical, musical theatre, contemporary commercial music, song interpretation, extensive breathing and vocal techniques.  In addition to helping singers select music and prepare songs for examinations, music festivals, and auditions, her main focus is insuring the voice is technically sound - functioning as it should for optimal vocal ease, quality and longevity.  Along with  teaching, she serves as a provincial music festival vocal adjudicator. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.
A lyric mezzo soprano, Maura began voice study at the University of Alberta, continuing her training at the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie and with various Canadian opera training intensives.  She has enjoyed a professional operatic career on the mainstage within Canada as well as the international stage. An enthusiastic critic wrote of Sharkey’s performance as, “an exuberant Canadian mezzo soprano…shows herself comfortable in all the registers, bursting precision and engraves resonance.”  She is the 1998 winner of the Western Canadian Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, a two-time award winner of the Johann Strauss Scholarship (1997, 1999), and recipient of the Anne Burrows Foundation Scholarship (2001). She also was proud to represent Canada at the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2004.
Along with her work as a freelance vocalist, Maura has been honoured to serve as the Chair of the Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF) since 2013, and proudly with its Board of Directors since 2011. She has also been a member of the joint planning committee of Music Conference Alberta (MCA) since 2012. Maura has also co-authored a book with her husband, Raymond, entitled, “The Essential Music Recital Planner”, a step-by-step customizable planner to assist music teachers and students in developing a successful recital.