Happy Spring from MMVS

Dearest MMVSers, Friends and Fellow Music Lovers,

We have some amazing surprises lined up for you this Spring.  Here’s a sneak preview…

I am heading to Los Angeles again in a couple of weeks, hosting a vocal performance workshop at Cascade Studios in Hollywood (Saturday, 4/12/14).  Registration now closed.

While in LA, I will also be offering private sessions and small group songwriting and performance sessions.  If you want to talk to me about scheduling a session, please email me here: mymmvs@gmail.com

Several of our artists are releasing new albums and are heading out on tour, including The Downtown Fiction.   I have loved watching this song (and Cameron’s performance of it) grow from an acoustic idea to a demo to a fully realized single.  We’ve worked on his vocals on this all along the way, and I hope it’s not too sappy to say Cam, I am super proud of you, as always!

In other news, we have started an MMVS podcast on SoundCloud called “The Right Place at The Right Time.” We want you to hear you sing and talk about you on the podcast (whether you’re a student of ours or not)!  Episode 2 features a fun (and funny) interview with Jack and Max from Minor Soul in Westport, CT.  Listen for info on how to submit recordings and videos for us to talk about.

Last but not least, I am thrilled to say that we have five new vocal coaches enrolled in the MMVS Vocal Coach Master Class Series!  In addition to adding to our CT (and Skype) team, will soon have MMVS coaches working in California, New York and Boston.  More on this soon, I just can’t contain my excitement and I can’t wait to introduce them to you!


 (Don’t you love the new banner on our Facebook page?  Thank you Rob Staub Photography.  We love you.)

So much love to all of you,




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I never have the words to describe how proud, joyful, and amazed I am after an MMVS Showcase.  So let me try to find the words to express my gratitude to our friend Rob Staub for taking the most gorgeous MMVSer pictures we have ever had.  Here is a link to his gallery of more than 240 beautiful photos from on stage and behind the scenes at our 2014 Winter Showcase.  Thank you, Rob Staub the master photog, for capturing the #BestShowacseEver for us!
Love always,


Showcase videos will be uploaded to YouTube soon.  Videographer Steve Walter shot every performance and is editing them as we speak!

Just a sample of a few of Rob’s pics…


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MMVS Annual Winter Showcase and Awards Ceremony

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

Performers, please click here for a list of showcase FAQs.  xoxo

Saturday, January 25, 2014

7pm – 10pm
Stratford Theatre
2422 Main Street, Stratford
Tickets: $10 in advance (on sale below) / $12 at the door
Open to the public.


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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a magical, musical holiday season!

With love from all of us at MMVS

~ Melissa, Nicole, Chelsea, Skippy & Mike

We love when MMVSers get into the spirit of collaboration and community!   Enjoy this rendition of “Story of My Life” covered by MMVSers Alex Costa and Allyson Ryan.

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Your Voice Your Song Workshop (For Women)

Music, voices, singing…..together. In community, in a way of lifting of each other up like we’ve never felt before. This night is about “why” we sing: The joy, the connection, the playfulness – like swinging on a swing set. We will be led by vocal coaches and soulful musicians Melissa Mulligan, Nicole Thompson and Chelsea Fuller as we circle together and unite our voices. We’ll start with an exploration of how vocalizing in any key (even the “wrong” key) can bring such magic and joy to our lives.


We’ll explore the history of how singing got started with a casual sing along and then we’ll play around with sounds and words, making stuff up as we go.

Who is this workshop for?
Women (18+) who feel an inner craving to find their own voices.
Women who consider themselves to be “non-singers” but find themselves singing alone in the car feeling happy and free.

Women who know they are singers and want to explore the heart of it, the true essence of their gifts.
Women who love music.
Women who need a night out among other bright and brilliant souls (did I mention there will be wine?)…

Together, in harmony, for the pure love of expressing ourselves through music.
You’ll receive links to a few songs beforehand to acquaint yourself with them.

We can’t wait to raise our voices with you.


Melissa, Nicole & Chelsea

Thursday, 12/12/13
7:30PM Prosecco reception, 8PM – 10PM Workshop
Fairfield, CT



Event Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013         Time: 7:30

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The Silent Scene (KD)

Dear MMVSers,

I’m happy to introduce you to the new Kicking Daises: They are now called The Silent Scene.

I would like to congratulate Duran, Ben, Richie and Jeff for all of their hard work in developing their new project.

I have worked with Duran and Ben for almost five years now and have loved getting to know Richie and Jeff as they’ve come together to create this energetic and melodic new sound.

Make sure you check out their new music video for their song Heartbeat. So Good.

Love you all!




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June 2013 Student of the Month – Harper Gruzins

Hey Everyone!

We would all like to introduce you to a very special friend of ours, 12-year old singer/songwriter Harper Gruzins!

Harper is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter from Coppell, Texas, and she is now going to be making her debut on the KNECT Network’s show iShine.

We would like to congratulate her for getting on the show, as well as becoming our June 2013 Student of the Month!!!

A link to her video is located below. Check it out!


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Drive Out Bullying with MMVS

Harper Gruzins “I’ve Got a Dream”

The MMVS team is driving to Texas on June 26, 2013!  This is a fundraising road trip for the anti-bullying organization “Hey U.G.L.Y”. Our final destination, 1,600 miles away, is Coppell, TX, the home of 11 year-old Harper Gruzins who was cyber-bullied across the country last summer after singing the National Anthem at a soccer game.  Hey U.G.L.Y helps tweens and teens discover their uniqueness, inner beauty and talents to help them counter challenges such as bullying, eating disorders, violence, substance abuse, delinquency and suicide.

DONATE TODAY!  Any amount is appreciated.  Thank you!
$25 or more = DRIVE N SING REQUEST!  We will sing whatever song you want and upload a video for you from the road.
$50 = We drop your name in the song
$100 = We write a song for you!
Email your request to mymmvs@gmail.com

Photo on 2013-06-05 at 21.02

Melissa Mulligan (owner of MMVS: Melissa Mulligan Vocal Studio / vocal coach)
Chelsea Fuller (vocal coach)
Nicole Thompson (vocal coach)
Nick Glogan (piano coach/ accompanist)
Mike Orent (studio assistant/ accompanist)

Harper Gruzins is a singer/ songwriter from Coppell, Texas. Last year, at age 11, Harper sang a rendition of the National Anthem for a soccer game in front of 20,000 people. It was not her best performance. Harper had difficulty hearing herself and was a little bit off key due to the loud background noise. The media ignored the young lady’s bravery for being able to sing in front of thousands of people and quickly began scrutinizing her for her poor performance. Harper became the victim of an immense amount of cyber bullying. Through it all, Harper stayed strong. She new that music was her passion and she refused to give up because of one bad performance.

“It wasn’t my best performance because I couldn’t hear myself and the blowhorns got me off key,” Harper told FoxNews.com. “But God allowed this to happen, so I know it’s what he wants. So I wouldn’t change it. Next time I hope there’s no blowhorns.”

Melissa Mulligan is the owner of MMVS, a vocal studio in Fairfield, CT. Melissa discovered Harper’s story and was moved by her passion and determination. Melissa befriended Harper on facebook to offer support and guidance.

“The first time I Skyped with Harper I knew that she was special.” recalls Mulligan.  ”Then I talked with her parents for at least an additional half hour and got the chills several times.  I felt like I was meeting friends for life, like this was all meant to be.”

For 6 months, now, Melissa has been doing Skype lessons with Harper, but has yet to meet her in person.

A year after Harper sang the national anthem, she has been cast in the show iShine on the KNECT channel. The show is a high energy variety show just for tweens.  Each episode talks about identity with topics such as faith, parents, modesty and friends.


When I shared Harper’s story with the MMVS community, my team became inspired to do everything they could to help fight the bullying epedemic that is plaguing our country. We look forward to helping this organization, bonding with each other and singing for you during our 48 hours on the road!  Thank you for your generosity and for being a part of our amazing journey!



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It’s Showcase Time! Friday, June 7, 2013

Our semi-annual showcases are nights of heartfelt performances by our accomplished and inspiring singers, songwriters and musicians.  This year’s June Showcase is for the benefit of The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County.

Please join us for what will be a memorable, exciting and impressive summer night of musical collaboration.  The links below provide more info and FAQs for performers.

MMVS June Showcase
Friday, June 7, 2013
The Stratford Theatre
2422 Main Street, Stratford, CT
Tickets  $12 at the door

Showcase FAQs for performers:  http://mad.ly/be0bb3

* A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County


At our showcases, artists team up with each other to create original arrangements of popular, familiar, new and original songs.  They write most of their own harmonies, pick their own material and many play their own instruments.  We used to suggest who should team up for these shows, but now we’re finding that artists know who they want to work with and what will make an awesome song choice.  It’s beautiful to watch our community grow closer and wider at the same time.

We’d love for you to join us!  Check out our Programs  here, and if you’d like to set up a complimentary evaluation, tell us a little bit about yourself here: New Students



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