photo: Rashun Hayes

Maria Clark has been acclaimed for her virtuosic skills of expressive singing across the idioms of Opera, Oratorio, and Art Song, and has been critiqued as possessing “The Voice of An Angel.” One of the most important aspects of her vocal abilities is her superb control of a very large instrument, all the while presenting a beautiful, rich, and layered voice.

In 2020, Clark was the soloist for several high profile events and successfully competed in vocal competitions. She performed at the Progressive National Baptist Convention which included Stacey Abrams as the keynote speaker, and John Lewis and Andrew Young as special guests. Clark also performed at the Toni Morrison Memorial Concert in Atlanta GA, which was commissioned by the Toni Morrison Society, and has appeared on PBS performing in the Opera Goes to Church series. She is also the Oxnard Gold Medalist winner of the 2004 American Traditions Competition and was a winner in the West Palm Beach Opera competition. She has enjoyed performing opera throughout Europe and South America and has performed with opera companies and symphony orchestras. She is the senior lecturer of vocal studies at Spelman College, and also instructs voice at Emory University.


Soul Sanctuary

Release Date: February 4, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6406
21st Century
Folk Music
Vocal Music
Soprano Maria Clark and pianist Maria Thompson Corley navigate the intense emotion, scars of suffering, and religious passion in the hymns and gospels on SOUL SANCTUARY from Navona Records. Featuring empowering spirituals from the past two centuries, the duo brings to life religious songs that have stood the test of time and find deep relevance today. Arranged by Thompson Corley and recorded in Atlanta GA’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church, these spirituals, including His Eye is on the Sparrow, Wade in the Water, and Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, offer uplifting outlooks in the face of adversity.