Name: Maria Golas

Choir Position:  Alto

What is it about choral music that moves you the most? This is a well-worn answer, but the feeling of working together and being part of a whole can be very moving.

What has kept you going/motivated throughout the pandemic artistically? The fact that I’m lucky enough to have opportunities to perform during a global pandemic is very motivating in itself!

Any advice for aspiring singers? Whether it’s something you want to pursue as a career or not, being patient and kind to yourself and your voice is really important. I think a lot of people feel self-conscious about their voices because singing is seen as a talent or skill to be “good at”, instead of something that you can do just for the joy of it.

What is your current state of mind? Cautiously optimistic.

What is your most treasured possession? Lately it’s been my sewing machine.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I was better at math. I like reading about astrophysics but the math gives me a bit of trouble.

Where would you most like to live? Somewhere with lots of open space.

What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, acceptance, humour.