Together, Madeline Kole and Richard Iacona offer over 80 years of combined musical experience. Madeline, as a vocalist and Richard as a pianist, professor and arranger/composer.
Drawing from this diverse well of experience, You Can Sing New York provides private lessons, master classes and workshops to help vocalists reach their performance goals.
I’ve always found my joy in the Great American Songbook. I found solace, expression and validation of my emotions in the beautiful lyrics and melodies. Inside the songs, I was able to find the “me” that these songs would reveal.
I'm fortunate to say, it has been my full time job for my entire life. I'm never happier than when I am playing and singing all the wonderful standards. This is the music I have dedicated my life to.
In this next phase of my career, my goal is to perpetuate the legacy of this great body of work and share with others.
My journey into the world of music began as a child. My mom was a demo singer and I accompanied her to the recording studios in New York City all the time.
I fell in love with the standards. I studied piano, and then music education. After teaching High School for ten years, I decided to leave the security of my pensioned job and become a full time musician.
I immersed myself in the standards, learning all about them and their composers. My areas of specialty were, and are, composing, arranging, and of course playing piano.
I’ve taught at Long Island University, where I’ve pioneered a course in American Popular Song. I’ve
reached across generations to share what moved me. In my experience, the reaction to this music, and the love of it, is universal.