D.M.A. Voice Performance
University of Maryland
University of Maryland
B.M. Voice Performance
Eastman School of Music
Dr. Madeline Miskie
Dr. Madeline Miskie’s voice is characteristically “beautiful…warm in expression…striving to become a true artist…refreshing in her love and respect for the art form.” (Maureen O’Flynn, soprano) Her love for the performance medium of the art song recital led her to complete a dissertation project on the subject of “The Art Songs of Celius Dougherty (1902-1986)” which included performances, recordings and unpublished sheet music (from handwritten scores) of song cycles by Dougherty at the University of Maryland, where she received the Dean’s Music Fellowship.
Miskie began her career as a private voice teacher immediately following the completion of her undergraduate degree in 2007. Her vocal students have been accepted into undergraduate music programs (performance, education and music therapy) with full or partial scholarships at the following institutions: The Hartt School of Music, The Crane School of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory, Towson University, The University of Maryland, Baldwin Wallace, George Mason University, West Virginia University, Temple University, and Morgan State University and such nationally recognized educational programs including Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Washington National Opera High School Institute. In the DC area, Dr. Miskie’s students have performed with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD), Olney Theater Center, The Washington Children’s Chorus, Next Stop Theater Company, The Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Washington National Opera Children’s Chorus and Little Patuxent Opera.
Dr. Miskie is the founder of ‘Breath•Body•Sound•Studio’ in Annapolis, MD in partnership with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, where she offers individual and group voice lessons as well as individual piano lessons. As an avid yoga practitioner, Miskie integrates components of breath awareness and physical alignment (derived from traditional Hatha yoga) into her vocal lessons, studio classes and workshops. To further this understanding for the benefit of her students, Miskie recently completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training program in Washington DC at Kali Yoga Studio with studio owner / lead instructor Abby Dobbs. Miskie is continuing her study and practice of classical Ashtanga yoga with Level 2 Certified Instructor Michael Joel Hall in Washington, DC.
Madeline began practicing yoga while in the midst of a minor vocal injury brought on by high stress levels, and over-use. At the time she was a graduate student in a doctoral program studying vocal performance and was eager to try something new; at least something that might mitigate her stress. After attending her first early-morning vinyasa class, she noticed the immediate and profound effects that developing breath and body awareness and coordination had on her voice. Over time, she used this increased awareness to release unnecessary tension, improve posture and ultimately to re-train her voice using a model of efficiency as her core teaching principle. Since 2013, Miskie has been integrating breath / body awareness with her vocal students with great success; sending many of her high school students to college on full or partial music scholarships and teaching workshops entitled, ‘Breath, Body, Sound!’ in the DC area.
In her first year and a half of regular yoga practice Madeline sampled various forms of yoga; including Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Rocket, Forrest and Bikram. In July 2014 she attended a Led-Primary Series (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) taught by Michael Joel Hall and committed to regular Mysore-style instruction in the Ashtanga Yoga discipline, which has been her main practice since then. She completed a 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training in April 2017 at Kali Yoga Studio in Washington DC under the instruction of Abby Dobbs.
As a new teacher of yoga, Miskie is eager to reach out to students who desire a broader knowledge of yoga fundamentals; foundational postures, and basic flowing sequences with the intention of waking up the body. When we can feel something new in the body, we can make changes that we never thought possible!