Voice

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Amy Buckley- Voice

Amy is thrilled to join the CMS faculty. Amy received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Connecticut, where her study afforded her the opportunity to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She then went on to receive a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. This season Amy made her debut as Music Director at the Ivoryton Playhouse in The Hundred Dresses and starred in The Music Man as Marian Paroo with Artful Living. Credits include Cecile (The Hundred Dresses /Ivoryton Playhouse), Antonia (Man of La Mancha/Ivoryton Playhouse), Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins/Artful Living), Sandy (I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Ivoryton Playhouse), Coach/Ms. Roosevelt (The Bully /Ivoryton Playhouse), Despina (Così fan Tutte/Pocket Opera of NY), La Fée (Cendrillon/Aspen Opera Theater), Euridice (Orfeo /Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival) and Adele (Die Fledermaus /Lincoln Center). When not performing, Amy serves as Music Director of the theater program at Walsh Intermediate School in Branford and Vocal Music Leader at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison. Amy is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

Amy teaches on Wednesdays.

Joni Gage- Piano, Voice, Rockin' Robins Director, Broadway Bound Director

Joni Gage joined CMS faculty in 2002 as a voice and piano instructor, as well as a choral and theater director. Joni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of Music Educator’s National Conference and ACDA. Joni is a soprano in the Con Brio Choral Society and also serves as an adjudicator for Shoreline Arts Alliance Vocal Scholarship Competition. Joni is the Musical Director for several theatre companies including Oddfellows Playhouse, Old Saybrook Summer Stock, Middlesex Academy of the Performing Arts, and Missoula Children’s Theatre through The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She is the Musical Director for the CMS youth choir Rockin’ Robins and also directs CMS Broadway Bound East Theater program, staging numerous musicals for young actors. Joni grew up in Hadlyme, CT. Read more about Joni Gage.

Joni teaches Monday – Thursday.

Shari Wilcox- Piano, Voice, Studio 24 Director

Shari graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree. As a mezzo-soprano, Shari has appeared in opera, musical theater, and as a guest soloist with regional orchestras. She has performed in a variety of roles including The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Sharon McLonergan in Finian’s Rainbow, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Mme. Ernestine von Liebedich in Little Mary Sunshine, Pitty-Sing in The Mikado and the Queen of the Fairies in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for which she received a Eugene O’Neill Award. Ms. Wilcox has performed in many opera scenes programs including Carmen in Carmen, Madame Flora in The Medium, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. She is the Music Director at the UCC First Congregation Church in Essex where she also serves as section leader, Musical Theater Director and Senior Choir Director Assistant.

Shari teaches Monday – Friday.