Melissa Mulligan has been coaching singers for more than a decade. In that time her students have signed to major record labels, toured the world, performed on TV shows like “Conan” and “The Voice,” and entered prestigious music schools such as Berklee College of Music and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. She has been a guest speaker and workshop facilitator at locations across the country, including Yale University's School of Music in New Haven, CT and the VocalizeU Artist Development Retreat in California. A singer/songwriter who took her first voice lesson at the age of nine, Melissa has studied voice her entire life. Melissa’s work as an independent recording artist introduced her to vocal coaches of varying styles and methods in New York, Nashville and LA. This is when Melissa began to form her own ideas about what an individualized vocal program would look like for contemporary professional and aspiring singers. Combining the fundamentals of vocal technique with elements of music theory, performance and audition prep and creative writing, Melissa creates a vocal program for each of her students that meets them where they are today and helps them get where they’d like to go. Melissa also runs the Artist Development, Career and College Prep, Songwriting, and Artist Development programs at MMVS for those strongly committed to reaching their musical potential.
Marianna Vagnini has been working as a vocal coach for over 30 years. Many of Marianna’s students have attended and graduated from a variety of music schools including Juilliard, Manhattan College, Berklee School of Music, Yale University, NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase, Marymount Manhattan, and many more. Some of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway and opera houses throughout the United States. In addition to her work as a vocal coach, Marianna also has worked as a choral director at a variety of institutions including Holy Cross High School, The Mead School, The Institute for Musical Arts, Chase Collegiate School, Naugatuck Valley Community College, and Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Marianna has given a variety of Master Classes in the New York and Connecticut area while also traveling the world to places like Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, France, Virgin Islands, and Germany to perform. From a young age Marianna studied voice and knew she ultimately needed to share her passion with the world. Marianna takes all of the knowledge she gained from her tremendous coaches in the Broadway and opera world, including the great Betti McDonald, and loves to give the knowledge back to her students. Marianna has won a variety of awards for her singing and is also a loyal member of Professional Women Singers Association, National Association for Teachers of Singing, and National Association for Music Education/CT Music Educators Association. Marianna taches all of her students, ages 9- 96, in a way that is specifically designed for their individual needs. Marianna believes that all of her students should have the opportunity to sing authentically and freely and powerfully represent themselves in the world.
Katelyn Wilson is a Connecticut native who has been studying voice for 12 years. She first found her love for singing when she started studying with Melissa Mulligan and soon became an “MMVSer.” Katelyn then went on to study music and performance at Manhattanville College where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. Katelyn has performed in a variety of musicals and shows but her favorite role she has ever played was Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. Katelyn wants to be able to share her passion for music with all of her students and show them that all of their dreams can come true. Katelyn coaches voice, musical theatre performance, as well as audition prep and is so excited to be a part of the MMVS team!
Casey Miko is a New York City based coach and musical theater performer. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and coaches Voice, Musical Theater Performance, Audition Prep, Material Selection. Casey has studied voice for over 13 years with professionals in the world of musical theater & opera as well as rock recording artists. She has worked at highly respected theaters in and outside of the US. Casey has a love for music, comedy and all live performance. She was recently featured in the book “The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call” by Julio Agustin. Casey specializes in selecting audition material for musical theater performers and wants to help her students find themselves in the industry. Sometimes it can be hard to see where you really fit in the big crazy world of music, but she believes there’s a role for everyone and she has the extensive knowledge and passion for musical theater that she will find it. Casey believes that every artist has something they want to say to the world and wants to help her students figure out how to say it.
Shayna Leigh is a New York City based singer/songwriter. She released her debut album "Drive" on Universal S-Curve in 2015 and is currently in the process of releasing her new EP "Disaster Artist." Prior to launching her career as pop artist, Shayna extensively studied both acting and musical theatre and has a BFA in drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Shayna is passionate about helping young artists find their own unique voices while cultivating their confidence as a performer and loves sharing her knowledge of how to navigate the ever changing landscape of the music industry.