The Big Day

Welcome to the 5th Annual MMVS Winter Showcase and Awards show!

Our Program MMVS Winter Showcase 2015

After two trips to two different (but equally awful) Staples, several computer upgrade fiascos and a dead printer, above  is a PDF of our program for this year’s show.  It’s beautiful.  Maybe it will appear on real paper some day.  But in the meantime, we can save some trees by making it available to you here.

If you are buying tickets, go ahead and click HERE to do so.

I used to spend the night before the showcase more or less alone, filled with excitement, anxiety, and yeah – some stress.  Tonight I got to spend a couple of hours laughing and singing with my best friends while we prepared for the showcase together.  I’ve got a story to tell you about these people who are now helping me lead this amazing community.  I’ll tell it from the stage.

xo,

Mel

 

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It’s Time! Artist of the Year Nominees

This isn’t a contest.

I started the Artist of the Year program at MMVS to recognize and reward hard work and continuous improvement.
The prizes are cool but they aren’t out of reach for anyone else who works their butt off throughout their musical studies.

What I really want is for you to see these artists they way that we do.

I want you to watch their videos, come to our showcase and feel, deeply, in your hearts, the love these young adults have for their craft.
I want you to be blown away by the maturity and poise of high school (and middle school!) students blending their thoughts and feelings into lyrics and melody, taking on new instruments and putting themselves into the vulnerable world of social media before they even have a driver’s license.
I want you to see how music flows from them freely, as if by magic.

And, if you are an MMVSer: I want you to see yourself, and know that you are on your way to greatness.

I am already looking forward to next year’s round of Artist of the Year nominees. I walk through our studios every day and I can see you all.

Here’s a Secret…

I went over the list of performances with Chelsea and Nicole yesterday and cried a little.  You guys are BRINGING IT.  The amount of commitment, creativity and musicianship in these studios has gone through the roof this year. I don’t know what’s in our big ole water cooler but keep drinking from it, because awesomeness appears to be contagious.

This is going to be, by far, and I mean it, for real… the BEST SHOWCASE EVER. #BestShowcaseEver2015

The following awards will be announced at our Winter Showcase on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at FTC’s Stage One at 12PM (Click here for tickets and all info):
Artist of the Year 2014
Level 1: Most Improved
Level 1: Commitment Award
Level 2: Most Improved
Level 2: Commitment Award
Levels 3 & 4: Most Improved
Levels 3 & 4: Commitment Award

Artist of the Year Nominees are selected based on the following criteria:
Completion of Levels 1 and 2 at MMVS
Continuous Improvement
Commitment and dedication
Creativity
Vocal Technique

Artist of the Year Nominees are scored in the following manner:
Vocal Technique (1/4 of total score)
Creativity, Commitment, Improvement (1/4 of total score)
Performance (1/4 of total score)
Outside Panel (other MMVS coaches and mentors give each nominee a score, the average of these counts as 1/4 of their total score)

The Artist of the Year Prize Package includes:
$100 MMVS Money
Social Media Content Consultation with Mike Falzone
Photo Shoot with Rob Staub Photography
Three Months of Social Media Management from 4-Sight Media
Private Showcase / Career Consultation with platinum-selling and GRAMMY-winning producer/writer Mike Mangini
and platinum-selling and Emmy-winning producer/writer Peter Zizzo (in NYC)

It is an honor to introduce you to our nominees for MMVS Artist of the Year, 2014!

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MMVS Annual Winter Showcase & Awards Show

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Our favorite time of the year is here.  All of our artists come together to perform, collaborate and celebrate their hard work and talent.  Please join us for this gorgeous evening of music!

This year, our show is at FTC Stage One a beautiful venue with lighting and sound technicians. Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for sale for friends and family.

Please buy your tickets in advance, either through your MMVS Coach or the Paypal link below.  This show will most likely sell out and we want all of your family and friends to be there!

PERFORMERS and FAMILIES, HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.  PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY! 

Showcase and Awards FAQs

Saturday, January 31, 2015

12 pm
FTC Stage One
70 Sanford St, Fairfield, CT 06824
MMVS Performers $10
Tickets: $12 in advance (on sale below) / $15 at the door**

**Tickets will be $10 for MMVS performers.  Performers, please buy your individual tickets through your coaches directly as this link does not include a performer price option.

Open to the public. All ages!
BUY TICKETS HERE!

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New Year’s Eve at Blue Lemon in Westport, CT

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us at Blue Lemon Restaurant in Westport, CT!  Check out the details and the amazing (AH-MAZING) menu below.

The Holidays are in full swing here at Blue Lemon.  Next up is our  New Year’s Eve 2014 celebration which features a 6 course tasting menu, listed below, and music by Melissa Mulligan and Friends.  The first seating begins 5:30-6:30 and the second begins at 9 pm.  The price is eighty-five dollars per person, which includes all the food, entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. Seats are going fast so call for reservations (203)-226-2647. It’s always a special night of outstanding food, wine and music so please join us!
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New Year’s Eve 2014

Amuse

Raisin Walnut Crostini with Ricotta Wintery Mix
Appetizer
Seared Crab Cake with Leeks & Capers Sauce
Seared Foie Gras with Calvados Sauce, Apple Chutney & Crostini (Add $10)
Lobster Bisque
Grilled Quail over Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate Glaze
Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna with Avocado and Ginger Lime Marinade
Mushroom and Proscuitto Tart with Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Poached Pear with Cranberry, Walnut Apricot Goat Cheese
Local Blue Point Oysters On-The-Half (5) with Raspberry Mignonette
Salad
Baby Field Greens with Warm Brie Crostini and Champagne Vinaigrette
Entrée
Seared Diver Scallops over Butternut Squash Puree, Sautéed Spinach with Wasabi Sauce and Raspberry Glaze
Filet Mignon with Mushroom, Leek and Potato Gratin
And Green Peppercorn Sauce
Stuffed Maine Lobster with Herb Butter with Vegetable Risotto
Homemade Spinach Ravioli Stuffed with Spinach, Mushrooms, Ricotta, and Parmesan Cheese with Porcini Mushroom Broth and White Truffle Oil
Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass over Cous Cous and Asparagus
With Champagne Vanilla Sauce
Pheasant stuffed with Sausage, Apple, and Spinach Served with Wild Rice
And Sherry Wine Sauce
Grilled Venison over Polenta with Sugar Snap Peas & Black Cherry Sauce
Dover Sole with Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, & Lemon Beurre Blanc (Add $10)
Dessert
Baked Apple Crisp with Bailey’s Ice Cream
Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
Caramel Banana with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries
Almond Tuille with Chocolate Caramel Mousse
Assorted Homemade Sorbets
Assorted Petit Fours
Chocolate Truffles & Biscotti

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Holiday Heart Song

BeFunky_holidayheartsongDear friends,

Welcome to our free online offering Holiday Heart Song, the December through New Year’s Day version of our popular email series, Good Morning, Heart Song.  (If you have been a part of Good Morning Heart song before, you’re already signed up, no need to do anything other than pass this gift along to your friends and family.)

Let us sing to you!

Starting Monday, December 1, my musical friends and I want to sing to you each morning.  For the entire month of December and on New Year’s Day you will receive an email from me containing a private link to a video of one of us singing to you from the heart.  There will be morning blessings, original music from beautiful singer/songwriters and some holiday songs to help you welcome winter with a smile each day!

I invited these singers to join me in this offering because of their amazing ability to connect directly to the heart.  They move me, deeply.  During our days together you will meet my fellow vocal coaches at my vocal studio, MMVS, as well as some of the gorgeous artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with along their musical journeys.  I can not wait to share their voices with you!

Each email will also include a little love note from me with some thoughts on experiencing music as both a gift and an offering.

I can’t thank you enough for joining us and for inviting us to grace your inbox with our songs this December.

We love to hear from you throughout our Heart Song programs.  Your emails in my inbox get shared with our participants.  We would also love for you to share this gift with your friends and family.

Signing up is easy. Use the sign-up box below.  You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription.  That’s it!
Gmail offers tabs in your inbox that categorize the emails you receive.  You might want to keep an eye on your “promotions” tab for Holiday Heart Song.   If you have any trouble receiving emails from us, please let me know.  You can always reach me at mymmvs@gmail.com.

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Voting for Ricky Manning on The Voice #TeamRicky

We are beyond excited to have one of our own in the Top 20 of this season’s The Voice on NBC.  The show goes live this week with shows Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when viewers vote for the Top 12.   The way our artists, friends and families have supported Ricky so far on this journey has meant the world to him, and to me.  The MMVS community continues to warm my heart each day.
Here’s the info you need to vote for Ricky!

The Voice Web Site

iTunes Links

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Congratulations to Minor Soul!

Congratulations to MMVS artists Minor Soul for the release of their new album, Tiger, now on iTunes!

This October and November, Minor Soul is touring around the east coast. They will be in NYC on Sunday, 10/26/14 and at The Space in Hamden on November 1, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now for the #InfinityTour with AJR!

Check out the tour schedule, new music, and keep in touch by visiting The Minor Soul Official Website

BUY THE NEW ALBUM HERE! Minor Soul on iTunes

 

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Myths & Mysteries of the Music Biz

A New MMVS Workshop!

Tuesday, October 14
6:15-7:45pm
MMVS, Fairfield, CT

You’re ready for the truth, because you already know so much more than the average music fan.

As MMVSers, you know…

It’s not about who you know, it’s about who you are.
Don’t pursue fame, pursue excellence.
It’s not about competition, it’s about community.

But there are so many more questions:

How do people get paid?
When do I need a manager?
How do I get on tour?
Do I need to record an album?
How do I get signed to a label (or is that even important)?

And, perhaps the most confusing and important one of all:

When and how do I worry about social media, and how important is it, really?

In this workshop I will take you through the current, ever-changing landscape of today’s recording industry.

You will leave understanding how it works, what your options are, what step you are ready for within this process and what to do next for yourself.

Space is limited, reserve your spot here (or at the studio with cash, check or credit card):

MMVS Student: $75

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Accompanying Parent (optional): $25

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Any questions? Email us here: mymmvs@gmail.com

Not yet an MMVS Student but interested in this event?  We would so love to meet you!  Drop us an email and we will do what we can to accommodate you, space permitting. mymmvs@gmail.com1424472_10152393616859966_1643332014_n

Excellence requires a balance of knowing what you’re doing and knowing who you are.
– Melissa Mulligan

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Ricky Manning: The Truth and The Voice

Dear Ricky,

Five years ago, in a Skype lesson from Florida to Connecticut, we invented the “Ricky Chicken Trick” to get you to access your head voice.  You were so thrilled to learn and to improve, and I’ve been rooting for you ever since.

A few months ago, in a lesson in New York City, you told me you felt like you weren’t at your best in lessons, that being observed and evaluated often brought out your perfectionism and your inner critic.  It was a teaching moment for me. I was reminded that even when an artist seems strong and confident, I need to remember that validation is always key. It was also a breakthrough moment for you as a student, because if you can be honest about where you are in your artistic development you can be vulnerable when you perform.  And this, as I always say, is when the magic happens.

In the weeks leading up to your audition we talked about staying focused on being authentic both on stage and off, never losing the “Why” inside of this adventure.  Music is your life, you have something to say and you have so much to offer.  That is the truth.

So, when Blake said “You have something in here (points to heart) that you want everybody to hear, and music is your way of doing that” – that was an epic moment of #heckyeah for me. Because that is the TRUTH.

It is the truth I see in every MMVSer I have the honor of coaching.

You were brave enough to let it show and to let your truth shine.  And you are now inspiring countless others to stand up and be heard.

Well done, my friend.

#TeamRicky #Fanning

xoxo,

Melissa

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Good Morning, Heart Song

Good Morning, Heart Song

Dear friends,

Welcome to my free, online offering Good Morning, Heart Song.

Let us sing to you!

Starting Monday, September 1, my musical friends and I want to sing to you each morning.  For twenty eight days you will receive an email from me containing a private link to a video of one of us singing to you from the heart.  There will be morning blessings, original music from beautiful singer/songwriters and inspirational songs to help you hit the road with a smile each day!

I invited these singers to join me in this offering because of their amazing ability to connect directly to the heart.  They move me, deeply.  During our twenty eight days together you will meet my fellow vocal coaches at my vocal studio, MMVS, as well as some of the gorgeous artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with along their musical journeys.  I can not wait to share their voices with you!

Each email will also include a little love note from me with some thoughts on experiencing music as both a gift and an offering.

I can’t thank you enough for joining us and for inviting us to grace your inbox with our songs this September.

Signing up is easy.  *You will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription.  That’s it!

*I know that gmail offers tabs in your inbox that categorize the emails you receive.  You might want to keep an eye on your “promotions” tab for Good Morning, Heart Song.   If you have any trouble receiving emails from us, please let me know.  You can always reach me at mymmvs@gmail.com.

Feel free to share this gift with your friends and family.

Love,

Melissa Mulligan
Owner, Vocal Coach, Program Director
MMVS: Melissa Mulligan Vocal Studio, LLC
mymmvs@gmail.com

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