When she is not polishing her vocal skills with AAH, Maddy can be found working in a private speech pathology practice alongside individuals experiencing voice difficulties. She works with adults and children with speech, language and swallowing difficulties.
“AAH is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience every single week. Even if you're in a bad mood, you can't help but leave feeling warm and happy. It is a fun, relaxed environment so you can just rock up after work and wind down.
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. My parents met doing community musical theatre on the Central Coast (mum performed, dad musical directed shows) and this continued throughout my childhood. Not surprisingly, my sister and I grew up with musical numbers being rehearsed in our lounge room and never ending show tunes.
Dad is also a piano teacher and jazz musician so from the age of about 13 I started performing jazz and was part of a quartet. I entertained at various venues including restaurants, parties and weddings. It was also at this same time that I started getting regular singing lessons. I continued my involvement with local musical productions throughout high school with my dad, and even won a competition in 2008 where I got to sing solo at the opening ceremony of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Even though music was such a big part of my life I decided to pursue other studies at University and ultimately ending up studying Speech Pathology. Unfortunately music took a back seat and I found myself feeling guilty for not singing and practicing more. I worried years would pass by and I wouldn't even be able to count myself as a musician anymore!
I went to my first Idea of North concert (featuring AAH Director Naomi Crellin) when I was very young at Pearl Beach on the Central Coast. I've been following them ever since, so when I saw that Naomi had launched AAH on Facebook I signed myself up within 24 hours!
Being a part of AAH has meant I have been able to improve my rusty musicianship and singing skills and I no longer feel as guilty! I have loved learning from Naomi and the guest teachers and have particularly loved getting to know others in the community with a similar passion for music and harmony. I do the course with my sister too, so it has been a nice way for us to spend time together and sing in harmony again like we used to in the car when we were little. Doing the course has also made me realise just how much I was missing music and has inspired me to start a Masters of Music at the Conservatorium.
In the future I'd love to combine my love of music and speech pathology.”