Mandy Madson is grateful to join the Savannah Children’s Choir artistic team. Mandy is a proud local music educator, teaching elementary, middle and high school music throughout the Southeast Georgia region since 2010. She currently teaches elementary music and chorus at the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts with veteran educator, John Tisbert, and is a private vocal coach for beginning to advanced singers.
Mandy was one of the founding members of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, with whom she travelled with to Carnegie Hall in 1998 to sing in the National Children’s Choir under the direction of Henry Leck. She is excited to see her own Garrison Voices 7th and 8th grade students have their first opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2018.
Mandy received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Brewton-Parker College and was awarded first place in the T. N. Retif Voice Competition in 2006 and the Virginia Chapman Voice Competition in 2009. In 2010, she had the second honor of singing at Carnegie Hall with the Brewton-Parker College Concert Choir under the baton of Sir John Rutter. Mandy recently received her Kodály Level I Certification through the Colorado Kodály Institute and is currently working towards her Masters in Music Education with a Kodály Specialization at Colorado State University.
A soubrette soprano, Mandy has been honored to sing with the Savannah Voice Festival, the Savannah Philharmonic, and at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and has been seen in several operatic roles, most notably in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at the Asbury Memorial Theatre. In addition to singing for local churches, weddings, and events, she has performed with New Arts Ensemble owner and harpist, Kristin King, and as the substitute female cast member with the Historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square. She spends her spare time songwriting and working on her first album of original folk, Americana, and bluegrass tunes.