Singing is good for you. It boosts the immune system and prolongs life (at least according to the Barbershop Harmony Society). The human voice is arguably the most amazing instrument on the planet. And though the world is full of incredible instrumental works, nothing captivates the listener quite the way that a singer does. Whether it's opera, pop or heavy metal, there are techniques that all singers need to know to not only produce a great sound, but also to avoid damaging vocal cords. Because unlike all the other instruments out there, you can't just go buy a new one.
At Madison Music Foundry we have a selection of great instructors who give voice lessons. Instruction is available for any age and level at a time that's convenient for you.
Alison Margaret’s relationship with music is both deep and broad, spanning the continuum between performance and formal education. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance with a minor emphasis in classical piano. She has a master’s of music education with a focus on jazz performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Margaret has been a music educator for over 18 years. In addition to holding a private studio of approximately 25 students, Ms. Margaret is a faculty associate for the Music Education Area at UW-Madison and teaches courses such as composition, arranging, and orchestration. She has also taught group piano and music theory courses at Madison College. Her educational philosophy is rooted in inclusive schooling concepts and she welcomes students with unique learning styles and music interests.
As a vocalist, Ms. Margaret leads the “Alison Margaret Jazz Quartet.” The group has performed at Madison’s Jazz at 5 Festival, Milwaukee's 3rd Ward Jazz Festival, the Brink Lounge, Memorial Union, Isthmus Jazz Festival, and a host of other venues. Alison has also performed at many famous Chicago jazz haunts and festivals, including the Green Mill, the Hot House, Jazz Showcase, and the Navy Pier. Ms. Margaret is likewise an accomplished Hammond organist in the Madison music scene. She performs frequently with local blues bands and leads a jazz/soul group featuring the sounds of Hammond greats such as Chester Thompson, Jimmy Smith, Booker T, and The Meters.
Alison also teaches Music Theory and Jazz Harmony.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Marie McManama studied classical voice at CCM in Cincinnati with both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Marie has performed with the Madison Choral Project, Four Seasons Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, St. Louis Symphony, SongFest, and the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. While completing her Masters she also earned her second Bachelors in music education and recently won a scholarship from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association for excellence in teaching. She sang Julie Jordan in Middleton Players Theatre’s production of Carousel and was the soprano studio artist with Madison Opera while touring as the Queen of the Night with Opera for the Young’s production of The Magic Flute.
Marie began teaching privately in 2002. She has taught K-12 general music and choir in public schools in Cincinnati, OH and Madison, WI and taught privately through music schools and churches. Her students are active participants in annual solo and ensemble festivals, community theater and music camps, Madison Youth Choir, and the Madison Boychoir Festival.
Autonomous study is her main goal of private teaching. She teaches music theory, ear training, sight-reading skills, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and text analysis in addition to her vocal technique training. Marie teaches classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop styles.
Megan is a Madison native who began piano study at age 6. She earned a B.A. in Music Education at Lawrence University, where she was active in both classical music and vocal jazz. In 2005, Megan was the recipient of a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Vocal Jazz Soloist. She has been teaching elementary and middle school students in the public schools since 2008.
Megan has been performing in the area since 2010 with groups including Steely Dane, the Darren Sterud Jazz Orchestra, Son Contrabando, and - most recently - the jazz and popular music duo The Goodie Two Shoes.
Students of all ages and experience levels are welcomed for private study. Lessons incorporate music theory, technique, and ear training, taught hand-in-hand with music that interests the student. Megan strives to provide individualized lessons that help students cultivate musical independence and take pride in their growth at any level.
Tenor Daniel O'Dea is an active performer and teacher based in Madison, WI. As a versatile and seasoned singer proficient in opera, musical theater and contemporary music, he has been praised for his “high, clear voice” and powerful performances.
Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received the Wisconsin Distinguished Collins Fellowship. He received his Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Masters of Music in Voice from CCM and Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. He was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera and is an alumnus of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Brevard Music Center and the Chautauqua Institute.
He has performed with Philadelphia based choral group The Crossing including their 2017 Grammy nominated recording Bonheoffer. Locally he has collaborated with the Madison Choral Project, Middleton Players Theater, Madison Bach Musicians, Present Music Milwaukee, the Token Creek Music Festival and others. Regionally he has worked with the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus, Chicago Bach Project, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel maintains a large and active studio at the Madison Music Foundry. He encourages his students to use their instrument healthily no matter the musical style. Students work on music from many different genres including rock, pop, jazz, musical theater and classical. Lessons are tailored to the individual, from beginners to professionals. His goal is to help students find their own unique sound and to make beautiful music.
Hailing from southeastern Minnesota, mezzo soprano Kirstin Roble holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and recently completed her Master of Music at UW-Milwaukee. She is an accomplished performer in opera, musical theatre, and recital. Some of her favorite roles include: Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Maria (The Sound of Music), and Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte). She has performed with numerous Madison and regional companies, including Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Opera, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Off the Wall Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, and Opera on Tap- Milwaukee, Hartford Players, Memories Dinner Theatre and Theatre Unchained. Kirstin made her international performing debut in 2011 in Salzburg, Austria with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, singing the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zaüberflöte. She also has significant choral experience, performing with a number of churches and area choral ensembles as a section leader and chorister including at Immanuel Presbyterian and St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
In addition to performance, Kirstin works in artistic management and as a private teacher. She is one of two managers of Opera on Tap-Milwaukee and is also a private voice teacher through Madison Music Foundry, Wauwatosa School of Music, and independently.
2016 engagements include performances with Four Seasons Theatre as an Outreach Artist, Macdowell Club of Milwaukee, In Tandem Theatre, Opera on Tap-Milwaukee, and Opera North (Lebanon, NH). Kirstin is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).
Joshua has been playing music for the better part of 20 years. His journey with music started with guitar and piano at around the age of 10. He has graduated from the University of Wisconsin with an Associates of Arts and Science degree where he studied music theory for two years. He has also obtained a Diploma from Hillsong Leadership College in Sydney Australia where he studied contemporary music for two more years.
Joshua has been composing film music since 2011 and has had his music sold world-wide. He has been teaching music professionally since 2012 and has hundreds of hours worth of gigging, studio work, teaching and performance. Joshua is highly creative along with professional and he brings all of this with a lifetime of experience to his compositions, bands and students.