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Voice Lessons

Emily McDermott

Emily McDermott has been studying piano since 1995, and voice since 2004. Along with performing, Emily is also an accomplished songwriter, and teacher of composition and songwriting. 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 three children where she teaches privately, sings professionally and writes her own music. Recently Emily has begun the process of writing and recording an album with her band which they hope to release soon. 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/songwriting. Her goal as a teacher is to introduce and familiarize every student with the foundations in each musical subset and to set them up for success in pursuing the 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. .

Zoe Vandermeer

Zoe Vandermeer ( is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is dedicated to providing high quality training for singers, pianists, and harpists, children, adults, beginner to advanced levels, for all styles of music. Areas of specialization include vocal training for kids and aspiring artists (musical theatre, pop/rock and classical), voice for actors, voice for speakers, beginning to intermediate piano, music theory and songwriting. She has been an adjudicator for CT Regionals, and many of her students have had lead roles in shows, film, tv, and have sung with Regionals, All State, Nationals. As a composer, she encourages interested students to develop their creativity in music and the Arts. An advocate for healthy vocal techniques, she has worked in tandem with medical professionals with clients suffering from vocal trauma including various types of dysphonia, stroke, and other medical issues.

A dramatic coloratura soprano, Baroque and Celtic harpist, pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer, Ms. Vandermeer performs nationally and internationally. Her two solo soprano/Welsh triple harp albums will be released in 2020 by a well-known American label. Named to the Roster of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2011, Ms. Vandermeer enjoyed her Carnegie Hall Debut in 2014 as First Place Winner of the B. Alexander International Vocal Competition. She has been a Recipient of the Hartt School Faculty Development Fund, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Music Teachers National Association, Emerging Artists Fund, RSAMD Trust Scholarship, and Musicians Foundation. She was a Finalist in the London Young Artists Early Music Competition, Wilfred Laurier Concert Aria Competition Canada, American Prize Competition, and as a composer won First Place in the Dunfermline Cathedral Scotland Hymn Writing Competition, RSAMD Composition Prize, and received a commission by the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra for her work ‘The Enchanted Nightingale’. Ms. Vandermeer’s original story/music/show ‘Zoe’s Musical Fairy Tale’, has been frequently compared to Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods, Secret Garden, Narnia, and Harry Potter. She was the author, composer, director and performer in her original show ‘If Love Be the Food of Musick’ which she toured in Europe and the US.

Ms. Vandermeer has been music director for the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center, TheatreWorks Kids, Children’s Acting Academy, Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre, Dublin Children’s Theatre, Nova Youth Choir, St. Johns Episcopal Choirs, First Church Bethel Choir, Lyra New York Baroque Opera, and others. Ms. Vandermeer is the founder and artistic director of the Lyra New York International Vocal Competition (

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

Anthony Edley

Anthony Edley is a graduate of the University of Hartford/Hartt School of Music with Bachelors in Music. At 23 years old Anthony has already played many major venues such as The Webster Theater Main stage, Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill, The Hard Rock Café, as well sung overseas with The Hartt School Tour Choir as a featured soloist in both Austria and Hungary. While a member of the Real Ambassadors Jazz Choir he has shared the stage with Jazz legend Dave Brubeck at the Library of Congress, been a featured performer at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and has placed first at Berklees’ High School jazz festival. Anthony tours throughout the east coast regularly playing to packed houses and has opened for national acts such as Krystal Keith as well as Toby Keith. Anthony has written and recorded songs that are still played on 104.9 WIHS with “The Crystal Lake Praise Team”. Anthony teaches Voice, Guitar, and Bass in a variety of styles including Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Metal, Musical Theater and Country.

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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.