Ms Maree Ryan

Senior Lecturer in Voice

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1259

Biographical details

Maree Ryan is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading vocal teachers, specialising in opera, concert and recital repertoire.

As a performer, Maree worked in all styles and genres, including opera, oratorio and recital, and broadcast for radio and television. As a soloist she worked with many leading orchestras under many national and international conductors and has also appeared in a number of world and Australian premieres of contemporary classical music. She performed regularly for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, covering a diverse range of repertoire in many languages.

As a vocal specialist, her studio has produced a large number of professional singers with established careers in Opera Australia and on the professional circuits of Europe and America. Over one hundred of her students have reached the finals of Australia’s most prestigious and competitive national singing competitions. In fact, there are currently more than fifty winners of these competitions from her studio.

Opera houses at which students have performed or are currently engaged include Opera Australia; Vienna State Opera, Austria; Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London, England; Opéra de Reims, Aix-en-Province, Opéra Comique & Théâtre du Châtelet, France; Deutsche Opera, Berlin and Cologne Opera, Germany; Israel Opera; La Fenice, Venice, Teatre Regio di Parma, Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, Teatro dell’opera di Roma and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.

Conductors with whom her students have performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, William Christie, Sir Colin Davis, Adam Fischer, Antonio Fogliani, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatt, Marc Minkowski, Daniel Oren, Seiji Ozawa, Donata Renzett, Hellmut Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Christian Thielemann and Ralf Weikart.

Her students record for ABC Classics, Arthous Musik, Bel Air Classique, Chandos, Naxos, Tall Poppies and United Classical.

Maree Ryan has published papers in leading international research journals and presented papers at national and international vocal research conferences regarding her major interest, the effect of hormones on the singing voice.

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching needs to be flexible to accommodate each individual voice and talent.

A teacher informed by research, with added knowledge of physiology, anatomy and acoustics, is able to teach the specific skills for singers to acquire a reliable, secure and healthy technique, which then reveals the unique beauty of the instrument. This technique must serve the singer every day of their working lives.

This most personal of all instruments is intrinsically tied to the human body and the emotions of each performer. The personality needs to be developed in harmony with the voice so that together the expression of effective interpretative and musical insights is possible.

These essential professional skills must be achieved in an educational environment that is stimulating and encouraging so that individual strengths can be met for the demands of an increasingly competitive profession.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Kenny, D., Ryan, M. (2009). Hormonal influences on female classical voice: perceived effects of the menstrual cycle. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag.

Journals

  • Ferguson, S., Kenny, D., Mitchell, H., Ryan, M., Cabrera, D. (2013). Change in Messa di Voce Characteristics During 3 Years of Classical Singing Training at the Tertiary Level. Journal of Voice, 27(4), 523.e35-523.e48. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, H., Kenny, D., Ryan, M. (2010). Perceived improvement in vocal performance following tertiary-level classical vocal training: do listeners hear systematic progress? Musicae Scientiae, 14(1), 73-93.
  • Ryan, M., Kenny, D. (2009). Perceived effects of the menstrual cycle on young female singers in the western classical tradition. Journal of Voice, 23(1), 99-108. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, H., Kenny, D., Ryan, M., Davis, P. (2003). Defining 'open throat' through content analysis of experts' pedagogical practices. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 28(4), 167-180. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Ryan, M., Kenny, D. (2006). Hormonal effects on the female classical voice. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference ANATS 2006, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

2013

  • Ferguson, S., Kenny, D., Mitchell, H., Ryan, M., Cabrera, D. (2013). Change in Messa di Voce Characteristics During 3 Years of Classical Singing Training at the Tertiary Level. Journal of Voice, 27(4), 523.e35-523.e48. [More Information]

2010

  • Mitchell, H., Kenny, D., Ryan, M. (2010). Perceived improvement in vocal performance following tertiary-level classical vocal training: do listeners hear systematic progress? Musicae Scientiae, 14(1), 73-93.

2009

  • Kenny, D., Ryan, M. (2009). Hormonal influences on female classical voice: perceived effects of the menstrual cycle. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag.
  • Ryan, M., Kenny, D. (2009). Perceived effects of the menstrual cycle on young female singers in the western classical tradition. Journal of Voice, 23(1), 99-108. [More Information]

2006

  • Ryan, M., Kenny, D. (2006). Hormonal effects on the female classical voice. Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference ANATS 2006, Australia: Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

2003

  • Mitchell, H., Kenny, D., Ryan, M., Davis, P. (2003). Defining 'open throat' through content analysis of experts' pedagogical practices. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 28(4), 167-180. [More Information]

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