Bud­ding songstress fol­low­ing her dreams

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MAYUMI Mo­rales takes joy in com­bin­ing her love of mu­sic and work­ing in aged care to brighten up the lives of el­derly res­i­dents at Clare­mont’s Mercy Place Mont Clare fa­cil­ity.

Born in the Philip­pines, Ms Mo­rales mi­grated to Perth in 2014 with her fam­ily and found work as an aged-care worker for Mercy Health.

A singer from a young age, the 21year-old clas­si­cal songstress was over the moon when she was ac­cepted into the pres­ti­gious Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic course at the WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts (WAAPA) this year.

“I have been singing since I was very young, so I was very ex­cited to get into WAAPA,” Ms Mo­rales said.

“Since I've lived in Perth, the res­i­dents at Mont Clare have en­cour­aged me to fol­low my dreams; they love to hear me sing, par­tic­u­larly our res­i­dents liv­ing with de­men­tia, and they’ve asked me to per­form for them many times.”

On top of her mu­sic stud­ies, Ms Mo­rales is also study­ing dic­tion, act­ing and Ital­ian, a lan­guage she al­ready per­forms clas­si­cal songs in, as well as re­ceiv­ing pri­vate voice lessons at WAAPA.

“Work­ing full­time and study­ing means I’m pretty busy,” she said.

“I have to get up very early in the morn­ing.

“But I love work­ing here, it’s like a fam­ily. The res­i­dents, as well as my col­leagues, are very sup­port­ive of me and my dreams to one day be­come an opera singer.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469403

Mayumi Mo­rales loves to sing for res­i­dents, ac­com­pa­nied here by Shirley Maf­fina.

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