Ms. Maya A. Jones, Soprano, a Texas Native, has been studying voice since the young age of 11. Eager to learn all she could about her love of Voice, Maya participated in regional and state competitions, performed every chance she had and has already enjoyed over a decade of choral work.
Education has been a large part of her life, starting with her acceptance into the selective Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts where she was active in her choir, took lead roles in school productions and had strong showings in state, national and international competitions. With a full sound and a compelling stage presence, Maya has enjoyed performing roles such as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as well as Katisha from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado.
Currently, Maya is a Vocal Performance and Music Education student at Southern Methodist University under the guidance of Barbara Hill-Moore. Here, she has performed scenes from The Crucible by Robert Ward, Carmen by Bizet and West Side Story by Sondheim. Ms. Jones has participated in master classes with Mr. Patrick Tikolo from The University of Cape Town. Maya enjoys traveling and has made memories singing in Greece, South Africa and this summer, made many more performing in the Amalfi Music Festival in Italy.
Maya is passionately active in Human Rights and Leadership initiatives on the SMU campus. As early as her Freshman year, Maya served as the Diversity Chair for SMU Fine Arts Community (FAC). Her sophomore year, Maya served as President of her FAC Dorm and led a council of students to create and execute community and campus wide programs. The summer of 2014, Maya represented SMU at the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans. Maya interacted and learned from African American leaders about how to promote pride and heritage of African American peoples around the globe using cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. In collaboration with SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Residence Life and Housing, Maya participates in an interdisciplinary peer mentoring program dedicated to facilitating inclusive dialogue between SMU students.
Maya was grateful to receive a scholarship to join the Embrey Human Rights Program in Poland this December. This trip will allow her to gain a deeper understanding of what the Holocaust victims and survivors experienced. Maya believes this trip will give her unique perspective – investigating social justice from a variety of viewpoints.
Not one to sit still for long, you can find Maya singing and teaching with her Church, being involved in student government and spending quality time with her beloved family. Maya is deeply grateful for the opportunities that her supportive mother has provided throughout the years to her spiritual, musical and personal development. Maya would like to thank her Grandmother DeNoah Davis for her unyielding belief in Maya’s future and willingness to sacrifice for her success. Maya’s extended family has been a constant source for encouragement with everything from a kind word, to attending countless performances. She appreciates your participation in tonight’s event with the belief that somehow, one song, one idea, one touch – can change a life.
*Lyrics: Kirk Franklin, Sung by Tamela Mann