with her three siblings. Once she’d settled in, Hong Ha began babysitting for a local family of three girls. 30 years later at a morning tea the youngest girl Anne Maree was reunited with her babysitter. Hong Ha recalled those babysitting years: remembering when she brushed her long blonde hair, and had always heard her singing, and so between themselves she and her brother had named Anne Maree the ‘little canary.’( ít con chim hoàng yến ). At the reunion Hong Ha shared this secret name with her for the first time. A few months after the reunion Anne Maree named her new vocal Studio, Canary Studios, in memory of the courage of Hong Ha and the pure beauty captured in the Canaries song.
What is IVA?
The Institute for Vocal Advancement is an internationally renowned organisation housing some of the best vocal technicians in the world. IVA seeks to provide the very best in vocal education for teachers and the most recent and up to date vocal research. It is also a not for profit organisation and provides webinars, international visits and master classes for students. IVA works to provide proper ‘functioning’ for the voice while upholding the singer’s unique ‘aesthetics’ and style.
Singing is about being able to work within an equilibrium of air and muscle. IVA vocal pedagogy enables a smooth transition between registers and the singer can easily negotiate their way through the transitions of the voice whilst maintaining a resting larynx. For example you can still get an ‘edgy’ sound without straining or a ‘breathy’ style without being weak.
For more information www.vocaladvancement.com
As a child, unbeknownst to her, Anne Maree was named the “ Little Canary ” by her Vietnamese babysitter (*see below). Was it fate then, having been likened to such a sweet songbird, that this Sydney born singer/songwriter went on to weave melodies around her own lyrics. Growing up in the “burbs” of Sydney, in a close family, hot summers under the sprinkler interrupted with endless days at her Grandparents Macquarie Pass property. Idyllic. She remembers filling up on the feel and sounds of the bush, and the Aussie rock – influenced by 80’s rock legends Hunter’s and Collectors, 1927 (who’s producer Garry Frost she has worked with) and Noiseworks (coincidently now teaching vocals to their children!)
*(Ok, so the story goes…. In the late 1970’s Hong Ha, a young Vietnamese Refugee, came to Australia by fishing boat. Aged 14 she was taken in by the local Catholic Church community