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Julian Patrick, American Opera Singer

Julian Patrick, American Opera Singer

In honor of my voice teacher and mentor, Julian Patrick, on what would have been his 94th birthday.   I had just finished my audition for graduate school at the University of Washington in the spring of 1994, when out of the darkness of the […]

Saving Your Singing Voice From Disaster: A Student Success Story

Saving Your Singing Voice From Disaster: A Student Success Story

Spoiler Alert! This story has an extremely happy ending! Once upon a time, when I taught voice at AMDA NY, I met a new student named Paige. Within seconds of hearing her sing, I knew there was something wrong with her voice. But I wasn’t […]

Testimonials

Testimonials

“Amy not only gave me the tools to create better sounds with my voice, but she also helped me fill those notes with what was in my heart. A great teacher, a great performer, and a dear friend.”     Daniel Robinson (Hairspray on Broadway, Will […]

About Amy

About Amy

Studying voice with me, you discover what makes your singing uniquely wonderful. Together we uncover your voice’s full range of possibilities. I prepare you vocally, mentally, and practically for whatever musical outlet you desire. I provide an insider’s perspective on what colleges and theatre companies […]

Soprano Power! (In Defense of Sopranos)

Soprano Power! (In Defense of Sopranos)

Sopranos get a bad rap in Musical Theatre today. This makes me mad. I confess, I am myself a soprano, but that is not the only reason it irks me. I’m not quite sure how it came to be that we sopranos are so maligned […]

You have to be carefully taught

You have to be carefully taught

I had to take a vocal pedagogy class in graduate school. It was supposed to teach us how to teach a voice lesson. I confess I learned the exact opposite: I discovered what I never, ever wanted to do if I were ever to be […]

Singing is serious fun

Singing is serious fun

Let’s face facts: I am a serious teacher for serious students. I was trained by serious teachers to be a serious singer, and I was a serious student. I sometimes shy away from owning this, wanting to appear fun and lighthearted, easy-going and cool. And […]

One Singular Sensation: A Student Success Story

One Singular Sensation: A Student Success Story

Many years ago in NYC, a very handsome young man walked into my private studio for a first-ever voice lesson. Justin was a working model, actor and dancer, and wanted to add singing to his resume. His ultimate dream was to be in A Chorus […]

Let it go!

Let it go!

I have a fabulous new high school student who is preparing to audition for her high school musical, a show she is very passionate about. As we were finishing up her lesson she said, “Now all I need to do is get in my directors’ […]

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

I am always full of praise for my students’ work and progress, but I don’t thank them nearly as much as I should for all they have done and continue to do for me. This is for them (you)! Thank you for teaching me patience. […]