Why Am I OBSESSED With Yoga And Movement?

At 22 I was incredibly awkward. After completing my undergraduate degree in voice, I was determined to address an uneasy feeling that pervaded my everyday life: physical discomfort. At that time, I felt uncomfortable in my body almost all the time. Although I didn’t experience chronic pain of any kind, I felt physically tense most of the time and I was not good at managing stress. When I sang in a recital or in an opera I felt awkward moving my 6 foot frame around onstage. I also sang with a lot of tension, which didn’t help. Overall I was extremely UNAWARE of my body and I spent a lot of time in my head.

How I Found Yoga (Or How Yoga Found Me)—The WHOLE STORY

I started music school when I was 18 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY with hell-bent determination for success on the opera stage. My mind was set on making it to the Metropolitan Opera and you better believe that I was going to get there or die trying. I knew I could sing, and sing well. I was hungry to learn all that I could about singing, opera, stagecraft—-you name it; anything that had to do with music, I was all in, and I mean ALL IN.

Exactly HOW Can Yoga Help Your Singing?

Maddy in yoga Savasana

Evan and I go way back – like, 2003 way back. We were in the same graduating class of voice majors at Eastman School of Music! Evan and I went our separate ways after graduating in 2007 but were re-united in the summer of 2013 in Lenox, Massachusetts. Evan was on the voice faculty of the highly acclaimed Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) summer festival for high school students and I was on the voice faculty at Belvoir Terrace, a Fine and Performing Arts Camp for girls. When we started hanging out that summer, we discovered that we both shared a love for hiking in the beautiful Berkshires – and yoga!

“Singing Lessons With Madeline” By Michael Joel Hall

Michael Joel Hall

After a particularly fitful rendition of the Ashtanga invocation, I was compelled to apologize to my students. “Sorry, I’m a terrible chanter,” I said to the group. Years of “not sounding like the other boys” came to the surface in the form of apology and admittance.

My Interview With Mezzo-Soprano Heather Johnson

It was an honor and a joy for me to lead a morning ‘Yoga for Singers’ workshop for the Potomac Vocal Institute’s workshop ‘When Life Intrudes’ on Saturday November 18, 2017. I suffered a minor vocal injury in 2011 (in the middle of graduate school) and found yoga around the same time. Since then, yoga has become a companion practice to my singing and I’m thrilled to integrate both disciplines with my students today.