Soooo... I could tell you all about my resumé and all that jazz - but let's get down to the GOOD STUFF!
You want to know a little something about ME - the silly, playful me who comes to lessons and wants to PLAY in the studio!! Am I right?
I'm a wife and parent of two CRAZY kids, a cat, and two dogs. You might see them - they pop in occasionally. We love to go fishing, hiking, swimming and occasionally mountain biking. I love performing - you know, that's how all this got started - and I do it whenever I get a chance. I also enjoy knitting, baking, and watching movies - yes, I love to binge-watch a good series like everyone else! AND I love to read and learn and grow!
So, I am a life-long learner and lover of all kinds of music. Most of all, I am PASSIONATE about nurturing students to be self-reliant and to find that they have everything in them to learn and share their OWN musical gifts.
I EMPOWER my students to take
OWNERSHIP and RESPONSIBILITY for directing their lessons.
I am currently studying the Alexander Technique - also called psychophysical work (because we're talking about how the mind and bodywork TOGETHER...like... ALL. THE. TIME.). You notice how you get all wrapped up in your thoughts when you are going to sing - practicing, performing, it really doesn't matter - the brain and the NERVOUS SYSTEM are all a part of the singing process! OH, and don't even get me started on ANATOMY and Body Mapping! Cuz, I get all fired up!
In addition to all of that, you might be interested to know that I am an RCM Teacher (The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada), a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singers), and the Speakeasy Cooperative (SECO). This means that I am connected with some AMAZING business owners (voice teachers) and the latest news in the voice world AND have the opportunity to collaborate with them on training opportunities for YOU at a discount AND can give you more competition opportunities! (Check out all those fun/fancy logos down below!)
So, now that you know a little be about me...
Are you ready to dive in and sign up for a "fit" session?
Come on, it'll be fun!
We'll set up a 20-minute complimentary phone call, get to know each other, and find out how I can best serve YOU!
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And now.... if you want more of the stuffy, resumé-ish stuff... Here it is!
Soprano Amy Mushall, is a local performer and private voice teacher who enjoys sharing her love for music with children and adults. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and has been teaching privately since 2006. Amy studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Bay View Music Festival and continues to study privately with Martile Rowland, Artistic Director of Opera Theater of the Rockies. She has also been studying the Alexander Technique for Singers in the TVF Academy and is thrilled to bring the inspiration of this wonderful work in the studio!
Amy has been brought in as a clinician to work with choirs on the importance of healthy singing. She has worked with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale to coach their choirs on creating free sounds that are appropriate for different styles. She has provided special presentations on breathing techniques, resonance, freedom in head and chest voice, and the art of mixing, stylistic singing, and vocal health.
Private students range in age from 12 to 65; some of whom are students preparing for college and competition auditions, others explore performance strategies to become comfortable singing in front of others and gain confidence through learning how to create a pleasing sound with their voice. She has also worked with people to rehabilitate their voices after developing vocal nodules or other damage.
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Western Michigan University
Voice Ped 101 - Shannon Coates
TVF Alexander Technique Pro Certification Program
Total Vocal Freedom, Alexander Technique for Singers 2018 Retreat
OTR Vocal Arts Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Young Artist Program)
Bay View Music Festival, Bay View, Michigan (Young Artist Program)
American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria (Young Artist Program)
Interlochen Center for the Arts All-State, Interlochen, Michigan
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and International Tour, Muskegon, Michigan
As a performer...
Amy had the privilege to sing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on several occasions since 2016 - New Years Eve Gala 2016, Forth of July Pops Concerts as a featured soloist in 2016 and with the Little London Belles in 2017. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs under the baton of Maestro Thomas Wilson as Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (2016) and as Aunt Emma in A Childhood Miracle (2015). She has performed the roles Yum-Yum in The Mikado (2017), Despina in Cosi fan Tutte (2016), Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Lola in the Douglas Moore one-act opera Gallantry (2014/15), Ida in Die Fledermaus. She has been a member of the Opera Theatre of the Rockies Young Artist and Outreach Ensemble since 2011, when she made her debut in "Songs That Won The War" in a World War II Revue performed at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. Since 2011, Amy has had the opportunity to sing for the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, the Pikes Peak Opera League, and for other private groups through Opera Theatre of the Rockies Outreach Ensemble and participated in the chorus in the 2012 production of La Traviata, and the 2014 production of Lakmé. In addition, Amy was the second soprano soloist in Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Colorado College Choir in 2013, under the direction of Deborah Teske.
As a student, Amy performed title roles in three operas, including Hansel and Gretel, Angelique, and the World Premiere of The Nightingale by Ramon Zupko, as well as “Despina” in Cosi Fan Tutte. She has also performed as a guest artist with the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra and the Western Michigan University Orchestra. Among the many awards she has received, Amy was the recipient of the Jesse Norman Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, presented to the “most promising undergraduate singer”.
Amy performed with "The Dinettes" for over six years, regularly performing with the Bill Emery Big Band for private parties, and at Spring Spree 2007 in downtown Colorado Springs. Amy performed for several years at The Broadmoor Hotel - as a featured soloist in the 2010 and 2009 A Classic Broadmoor Christmas, was a guest in Spec's Spot, performing with Marcus Lovett and the Ken Miller trio, and sang for a luncheon at the Senior World Golf Tournament.
Amy is currently on staff at Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church as Soprano Section Leader, performs recitals and oratorio in the Pikes Peak area, and sings in the Little London Belles - Evocative Voice, Nostalgic Hearts - paying tribute to our home town "Little London" aka Colorado Springs, we've enjoyed great success performing at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and throughout Colorado.