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Voice Lessons

Ishaar Gupta

Ishaar Gupta, bass-baritone, graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2016, where he earned a bachelor’s degree 
in music, emphasis in vocal performance. At UConn, 
Ish studied private voice with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone
Nelman, and sang in several choirs directed by Dr. Jamie Spillane.

He currently sings professionally in various ensembles, including CONCORA, the South Church Chancel Choir, the Hartford 
Chorale, and Novi 
Cantori. In the past, he has sung with Connecticut Chamber Choir, Farmington Valley Chorale, CDN, and 
the Composer’s Choir. A diverse performer, 
Ish has sung and acted in several musicals, plays, operas, most recently with 
Madison Lyric Stage and 
Pearwater Productions. 

In addition to performing and writing his own music, 
Ish is currently pursuing a career as an educator as part of Hartford
Stage’s education department, which brings innovative theatre education to more than 17,000 students each year. A native 
of Newtown, Connecticut, and a proud UConn Husky, 
Ish is excited to be a part of such a great program at Middlesex 
Music Academy

Aleksandra Szczygiel

Aleksandra is a graduate from CCSU, where she received a bachelor’s in music education. During her time there, she studied vocals and was the assistant director of the CCSU all female collegiate a capella group, as well as the cantor of the children's choir in St. Peter's Church in Higganum. In addition to singing, Aleksandra also pursued piano and studied jazz piano with Hartford’s great, Jen Allen. 
Currently, Aleksandra is the music teacher at Bielefield and Farm Hill schools right here in Middletown. Prior to working for Middletown Public Schools, Aleksandra was the general music teacher and choir director at King/Robinson School in New Haven for 5 years. She sings professionally with The New England Chamber Choir which performs all over CT, and is a freelance piano player and vocalist where she has the opportunity to perform with local musicians.
During lessons, students will not only explore various genres of music, but how to read music, how to play by ear, how to play as a soloist and with other musicians, theory, composition, and beginner improvisation.

Emily McDermott

Emily McDermott has been studying piano since 1995, and voice since 2004. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. Her love for music and performance has taken her on an incredible journey. Starting in Metro Detroit where she grew up and got her education, taking her to N.Y.C and Off Broadway, on to Westchester NY where she created and ran her own music department at a K-8 grammar school and taught piano/voice/acting at the Bennett Academy of Performing Arts, and finally landing her in Middletown CT with her husband and two children where she teaches privately as well as directs a choir and sings professionally on weekends. While she was in college Emily studied many different performance genres. She is well versed in anything from classical to contemporary (Opera, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock n Roll…etc.) In her lessons she offers focus on sight-reading, improvisation, performance, theory and composition. Her goal as a teacher is to introduce and familiarize every student with the foundations in each musical subset or category to set them up for success in pursuing music they connect with. Music is such a powerful influence on our lives, Emily makes it a priority to guide her students and help them forge their own path to create a long lasting relationship with their music and instruments while at the same time providing them with a strong foundation and musical background.

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Store Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
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Your place for music lessons and supplies in Middletown. Middlesex Music Academy is a non-corporate locally own business. As a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce we strive to support local businesses and build the community as a whole.