The idea for Wildwood began in its founder’s childhood. A student of the arts from birth, Alyssa's teachers and mentors nurtured in her not only a love of creativity and expression, but a longing to nurture those inborn gifts in others.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Alyssa learned from beloved, local teachers: Steven Lovelace (SB Dance Arts), Donna Mrotek (Child's Play), and Agatha Carubia (Heart-Based Singing). A Laguna Blanca kid, she’s also proud to have attended the inaugural week of Arts At Laguna!
After lifetimes in NYC, Alyssa has returned to create Wildwood as a gesture of deep gratitude and hope — truly a home for the arts.
Fun Fact: Alyssa was co-founder, choreographer, and co-director of SBHS's now long-running, broadway revue: Music of the Night. Originally founded as a 100% student created and run fundraiser for the SBHS theater department, the showcase brought together teen singers from all of the community’s high schools, and continues to bring together the SBHS community.
Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein — Founder, Educator, Artistic Director
Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein is a native of Santa Barbara recently returned from 12 years in NYC. A classically trained soprano and award-winning poet, Alyssa is also a passionate educator, guiding her students and collaborating as a vocal coach with Santa Barbara teachers, conservatories, and schools.
Alyssa received her MFA in poetry from NYC’s The New School, and her BM in classical vocal performance and concurrent BA in English literature from Mannes Conservatory. She is a certified member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and holds certifications in Heart-Based Singing, studying under its founder, Agatha Carubia; and Orff Schulwerk Level I and Level II, studying under Danai Gagné, Laura Koulish, and Katie Traxler.
As a singer and musician, Alyssa's musical passions lie in classical, choral, folksong, musical theater, and jazz. Born into a family half musicians and artists and half scientists, she began performing in operas at the age of seven, and has toured internationally, singing choral works throughout Europe. She is excited to join the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a vocal coach in summer 2020.
As a poet, Alyssa is the author of Nympholepsy (Inside the Castle, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and from which excerpts are forthcoming in the Best American Experimental Writing (summer 2020). She is also the author of Quiet, winner of The New School University Press contest; semifinalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize for her collection, Forniphilia; and her work can be found in Sporklet, Prick of the Spindle, Front Porch, and others.
Alyssa is the Founder and Artistic Director of Diorama, a hybrid-life poetry series with events hosted by Atlas Obscura and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; and the Founding Editor of [saUnd] Literary Magazine, the cross-genre publication on contemporary musico-poetics.
While in NYC, Alyssa was also a teacher of music and poetry in NYC music and Montessori schools; the Director and Marketer for Tone Academy of Music, for which she developed their Orff Schulwerk, group music curriculum; the VP of Program Development and Design for The Poetry Society of New York, for which she created the NYC Children's Poetry Festival; and began developing the mission and curriculum for Wildwood.
Wildwood’s Educators Auxiliary
• amazing guides, mentors, and colleagues •
VOICE TEACHER, SOPRANO, YOGI, AND FOUNDER OF HEART-BASED SINGING VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Widely known as a versatile voice teacher, mentor to teachers, and inspiration to her students, Agatha Carubia has been a force behind scores of young singers' successes. Her foundational method of teaching voice extends from classical technique to popular style vocal coaching. Her specific attention to, and illumination of the physical body as vocal instrument has been fortified by being an avid Yoga practitioner and RYT 500 trained in Anusara Yoga.
Agatha’s classical, theater, and pop students have been accepted into vocal programs at Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Westminster Choir College, UCLA, USC, NYU, Chapman University, Conservatorio Nacional de Música de México, Royal Academy of Denmark, Music Academy of the West, The Tanglewood Festival and many others. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with award winning contemporary singer/songwriters, as well as with opera singers performing at the Metropolitan Opera and other international opera houses.
Agatha has been the Vocal Coach of the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival’s mentoring program, the MERIT program. Her “Heart-Based Singing” workshops are held in Santa Barbara, California, and on the Big Island of Hawaii.
A distinguished artist and award-winning soprano with her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School, Agatha continues to enjoy performing, composing, and writing. In 2015, she released Grace, a CD of Sanskrit Chants.
PIANIST, SINGER, MUSIC EDUCATOR
A facet of the Music Academy community for nearly two decades, Tammy is a pianist, singer, and educator to all ages. Through her private studio she offers piano, music theory, and singing lessons in a supportive, rigorous atmosphere inclusive of all ages and abilities. Annual exams are offered through the Royal Conservatory of Music program, as well as bi-annual recitals, and enrichment opportunities through Wildwood and the community.
More on Tammy coming shortly!