From Frustrated to Flourishing
Growing up with my parents working on and off Broadway, I dreamed of being a performer. I started singing as a toddler and got into voice lessons at age 10. I performed as often as possible throughout my childhood, graduated from LaGuardia High School as a Vocal Major, then went off to Indiana University with the goal of making my own unique path to Broadway...Instead, I fell in love with opera while studying abroad in Vienna.
I changed voice teachers a lot throughout college...Something within me was saying "This isn't right." I switched from teacher to teacher looking for both solid technique AND emotional support/career guidance, but I didn't find it.
Meanwhile, my singing was unreliable. Sometimes when I sang it was good and other times it was a mess, and the worst part was I couldn't predict or control it. I was singing the wrong repertoire, dealing with a lot of vocal fatigue, the extremes of my range (high and low notes) were unstable, and sometimes I would lose my voice after practicing. It didn't take long for the audition anxiety to show up. I couldn't trust my voice to perform when I was on stage, so I was constantly in fear that something would go wrong.
When I finally found my teacher in 2016, I knew it immediately. Brian Gill taught me a lesson, sat me down and said "Maddy, you're a lyric soprano. Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD." Mind. Blown.
I stopped singing crazy coloratura (goodbye, Queen of the Night!), started training as a lyric, and thus began my journey working with Brian, solidifying my technique, building trust with myself and gaining my confidence back. I went from feeling hopeless about singing to feeling secure and confident. Now, I can do ANYTHING I want to with my voice. I have options, colors, flexibility, and the best part is, I know what is happening when I sing and how to change it.