Please join us for our MMVS Annual Spring Showcase 2015
This is our most exciting and innovative collection of performances yet! In the spirit of collaboration, our MMVS artists are all pairing up for an amazing afternoon of duets. You will see more than 35 singers mash-up more than forty songs in 90 minutes. You’ll hear some of the most popular hits blended with indie songs and classics with outstanding creativity, artistry and musicianship. This show is open to the public and is all ages.
Please buy tickets in advance as space is limited.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
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!
Congratulate your favorite MMVSer or advertise your business in our program!
Our spring workshop series continues with our most requested topic yet. MMVSers, please register below. If you are not currently enrolled in MMVS but would like to attend, please inquire here, we’d be happy to meet you! email@example.com
Your Amazing YouTube Channel This is, by far, are most requested topic to cover! Melissa Mulligan will take us through the ins and outs of creating your own amazing YouTube channel and utilizing other social media tools to support it (twitter, instagram, vine etc). We will cover it all: how to decide what songs to record, how to record the music, how to make and edit a simple but effective video, and how to (almost effortlessly) promote the videos to attract not just “views” but real fans who care about what you’re creating. We will also go over some of the ways social media experts are now advising young artists manage their channels. We are giving this one extra time because we will be making a video during the session!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1pm – 3:30pm
MMVS, Fairfield, CT 53 Unquowa Place, 3rd Floor
MMVSers, please register below. Space is limited! $79
Lift Your Voice is a 4-week, online, singing and music course complete with video instruction, inspirational stories and an interactive (optional and private) Facebook group for all participants.
Once we begin, you may take these lessons whenever you want, and they stay available to you after the “official” course dates.
We kick things off on Monday, April 6, 2015 and lift our voices together through Friday, May 1, 2015
Learn to sing in a way that feels good and sounds great!
Lift your Voice helps singers and self-proclaimed “non-singers” increase their love for their own voices.
How the Program Works:
Every Monday’s Email: One video voice lesson from Melissa Mulligan.
Every Wednesday’s Email: One video of an inspirational yet practical musical tip from a music business mentor.
Every Friday’s Email: One video featuring an MMVS vocal student (Fridayspiration)!
Every day: Participation in an optional Facebook group where we will discuss the lessons and share what inspires us about singing. Participation is OPTIONAL and you do NOT have to post audio/video of you singing. You are more than welcome to make friends and network with other participants during our time together!
Some of the Topics We Will Cover:
How the body sings: It’s about more than breathing!
Finding your natural voice. It is beautiful and powerful, I promise.
Pitch, ear training, and harmony
Basic music theory – the stuff you think everybody already knows (they don’t)
Vibrato, riffs, and grit
Truths and myths about singing, music, and the music business
Who is this for?
This program is for singers and self-proclaimed “non-singers” alike.
It’s for everyone I’ve ever met who has wanted to know “Can I learn to love the sound of my own voice?” “Can anyone learn to sing?” or even “How do I know if I’m tone deaf?”
It’s for every aspiring singer/musician/songwriter who has messaged me on social media for help, advice, guidance and validation because they aren’t sure if lessons are for them or they can not afford the financial or time commitment for private lessons.
It’s for every parent who longs to take a few minutes for himself or herself, who wants to explore something creative and fun.
It’s for people who sing in the shower, while cleaning their rooms, while driving (alone or with friends).
It’s for everyone who fantasizes about being brave enough to sing karaoke, sit in with a rock band, play at that open mic down the street, sing for a family member or friend, audition for that show/choir/band and say “yes” to the next exciting opportunity that pops up in life.
What age group should sign up?
This program is for kids between the ages of 10 – 108.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I will be away during a portion of the 4-week class? This course is designed so that you can go at your own pace. You can watch the videos and take the lessons as they come to your inbox each week, or you can do them as your schedule permits. I expect that all participants will have different needs and schedules, so we won’t all be on the same lesson each day. The Facebook group will remain open and active throughout the summer, so we can continue to connect and talk about the lessons long after the official end of the course.
Do I have to share audio or video of me singing during the course? Nope. There is no requirement to sing in public, online or otherwise.
May I share audio or video of me singing for feedback?
You may! There will be times during the course where I will invite those of you who are interested to either email me or post audio/video to our Facebook group. This will always be optional!
What’s this private, optional Facebook group thing?
We will create a Facebook group that is closed to the public. No one else will see it or have access to it. This is where participants can ask questions and talk about the topics we’re covering in the course. In my experience, if one person asks a question there are others who will benefit from the answer. Plus, we’re going to be a pretty cool group of creative people, and it will be great to connect with one another. If Facebook isn’t your thing, no worries! You won’t miss any of the course material and you can certainly email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have.
What if I already take voice lessons?
Join us! There is no substitute for taking private lessons with your own vocal coach, but this program is an excellent source of information and inspiration that can be a great addition to your training. Plus, you get access to videos, interviews and worksheets that are only available through this offering.
Love Letters & Recommendations for Melissa Mulligan and MMVS
Four years ago I stood alone at the mic at Chef’s Table for the first MMVS Winter Showcase. I don’t recall if I called it a “showcase,” but I do remember being as excited and proud as I had ever been. I was dying to introduce the students I had been working with for years to the newer crowd that had joined me in my new location. I had a dream of creating an open-minded community where all of these amazing young artists could be inspired and supported. About 20 students came with friends and family, some of them seated on the floor. Several of those students are now my coaching teammates and joined me on stage on January 31, 2015 to kick off our 5th Annual Winter Showcase & Awards Ceremony.
To go from solo to this is… well, more than I had ever imagined.
This is why I say, dare to dream beyond what you know “how” to achieve. When you are brave enough to sink into your deepest longing, you will move through the fear and discomfort of not knowing “how,” of not believing it’s possible, to understanding why you want what you want. And then… you will make choices. You will make big moves. I dare you to move. xo
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.
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
Commitment and dedication
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!
Our favorite time of the year is here! All of our artists come together to perform, collaborate and celebrate their hard work and talent. At the end of our showcase we will announce our nominees for Artist of the Year. Please join us for this gorgeous evening of music!
Once again our show is at FTC Stage One a beautiful venue with gorgeous lighting and sound.
Please buy your tickets in advance, either through your MMVS Coach or the link below. Our showcases always sell out and we want all of your family and friends to be there!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
12 pm – 3pm (Performers, arrive by 11:30AM)
FTC Stage One
70 Sanford St, Fairfield, CT 06824 MMVS Performers $10** (on sale at MMVS or below) Tickets: $15 in advance (on sale at MMVS or below) / $20 at the door** Seating is general admission, first come, first served. Performers sit in a separate section close to the stage.
Open to the public. All ages!
BUY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS HERE! (**$15.95 includes processing fee for online purchase only)
MMVSers: BUY YOUR PERFORMER TICKET HERE! (**$10.95 includes processing fee for online purhcase only)
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 forreservations(203)-226-2647. It’s always a special night of outstanding food, wine and music so please join us!
New Year’s Eve 2014
Raisin Walnut Crostini with Ricotta Wintery Mix
Seared Crab Cake with Leeks & Capers Sauce
Seared Foie Gras with Calvados Sauce, Apple Chutney & Crostini (Add $10)
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
Baby Field Greens with Warm Brie Crostini and Champagne Vinaigrette
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)
Baked Apple Crisp with Bailey’s Ice Cream
Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
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 email@example.com.
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!