Voice Teacher, Parent
Maura Donnelly O’Halloran is a registered member of both the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) and the European Suzuki Association (ESA). Ms. O’Halloran has traveled three times to Finland to study with Suzuki Voice founder Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki (ESA/PPSA/SSA). While there, she also studied Voice and Vocal Repertoire with Teacher Trainer Mette Heikkinen (ESA). Ms. O’Halloran passed her Level I Exam in January of 2014 and her Level II Exam in July 2015.
Ms. O’Halloran is not only a Suzuki Teacher, but also the proud parent of two young Suzuki pianists and a Suzuki flutist, who are all currently study at the Suzuki School of Westport, Connecticut.
General Background and Vocal Training
Maura Donnelly O’Halloran grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, where she originally studied Violin with Suzuki pioneer Brenda Wurman. While attending St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ms. O’Halloran switched to Voice under the tutelage and encouragement of Dr. Lawrence Cave, innovative composer and a choral director at the Santa Fe Opera. She had the honor of premiering several of Lawrence Cave’s original vocal works at the College. While there, Ms. O’Halloran also studied Voice with Candace Magner. Ms. O’Halloran continued her vocal studies with Elsa Charlston and Patricia Martinez in Chicago. Ms. O’Halloran went on to study Voice with Norman Gulbrandsen at DePaul University in Chicago. While living in New York City, Ms. O’Halloran delved into the psychology of performance with Jean Kopperud at Juilliard’s Evening Division. Because of this, Ms. O’Halloran has a particular interest in helping performers overcome stage fright and anxiety in order to attain their best performances—whether it is for an audition or for an audience in a concert hall. Performing, she believes, should be about joy! Ms. O’Halloran uses fun games and techniques to enable each of her students obtain the confidence they need in order to perform with joy.