Thanks Shona Murray,

Shona Murray has always been more than just a teacher to me. She has been a mentor, a friend, and like family to me. One of the greatest things I learnt from her was perseverance. As a performer it is easy to become discouraged or to make excuses about why you can’t do something – Shona helped me to learn that no matter what happens, on stage or off, with determination and a positive attitude you can always create something beautiful. She made me see the potential in each person and each situation. Working with Shona, I could see that she always values people’s talents and seeks to nurture them and help them grow. I love how she always says you should do your best whether performing for 1 person or 1000 – each performance you give is precious. Sometimes I was challenged by her or made to go outside of my comfort zone, but I think it was those times that really helped me to develop. There’s so much more I could say but I think it would turn into a novel!

from Emily Mwila - NZ Singer
Shona Murray