Amy Gadd is an Ohio native and is a 2015 graduate of Otterbein University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree concentrating in Music Composition and Theory studying composition with Dr. Jennifer Merkowitz. She studied voice with Elizabeth Barrett, Maggie Green, and Dr. Keyona Willis. She performed in the Opera Scenes Workshop that allowed her to receive roles such as Clorinda from La Cenerentola and Magda from La Rondine. She sang with Otterbein’s top choir and had the experience of touring to Chicago as well as Ireland. After graduating, she was involved in the music community as a member of Women in Music Columbus from 2017-2019.
She moved to Chicago in 2019 and she obtained a Master of Music student in Vocal Performance at Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts in 2021 studying voice with Cynthia Clarey and Elizabeth Byrne. As a student at Roosevelt University, she was in the ensemble for Roosevelt University’s productions of The Tales of Hoffman and of King Arthur. In the Fall of 2020, she was The Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon. In February of 2020, she premiered the chamber work Movement by Austin Gray Williams as Soprano 3.
Amy has worked on seven productions with Opera Project Columbus as well as The Columbus Italian Festival performance of “Alla bella Despinetta” from Cosi fan Tutte as Despinetta and was Maria in their production of I Due Timidi.
In the summer of 2019, Amy released her first album, Finally Something which is available on all streaming sites.
Amy Gadd has been actively teaching ukulele, beginner piano, and voice since 2012. Her favorite part of teaching is having her students find “the light bulb moment.” She believes in teaching her students more than just what's on the page but the understanding of why it's there and sprinkles hints of music theory in a way that isn't daunting. Her biggest goal as a teacher is to make music fun. Amy is a lyric coloratura soprano and enjoys singing anywhere from a grand opera, to chamber music, to coffee shops. She loves contemporary new music as well as 80’s pop and the Shrek Soundtrack. Amy loves to share her knowledge of music with her students!
"The musician that inspires me the most is Michelle Branch! I was always a big fan of hers (when I was young and now!) I would hear her music on the bus rides home from school and would watch her music videos on our family computer. Her music brought up emotions that other music hadn't before. She was a young woman in music and even in 2001, I recognized that was special and I wanted to be just like her."