To sing well, she taught, “From the diaphragm.”
Let the air fill your lungs and resonate from there.
To sing, she instructed, “Open and project.”
One should hear clear crisp words of the song.
Yet, in my opinion, with a warm, patient smile,
And a glint in her eye, she said, “Sing from the heart.”
Many young voices, whether solo or quartet,
Duet or choir, learned from her skill and knowledge.
And as they stood on stage, group or alone.
She accompanied them with her piano and grace.
She sent them courage through the keys and direction.
Passion to sing, that was sent straight from the heart.
Now, with many years in and many songs sung,
Many lives impacted and many dreams chased,
The lights dim on a stage and notes softly echo
A promise that her melody will always live on.
Her music career is a crescendo of voices that sing,
Like her, with life, with love, in harmony, from the heart.