"The sound of music that is born of human breath comes straighter from the soul than any sound the hand alone can make." -Anon.
Peggy McNulty believes that the total body is the instrument of the voice. She has taught voice for over 30 years. She offers private voice lessons in her McLean, Virginia, studio.
Peggy teaches teens and adults. Her teaching schedule includes teens representing 10 different high schools! Instruction is tailored to meet each student’s needs and interests. Because music is meant to be shared, students are encouraged to participate in regularly scheduled workshops and recitals.
Peggy’s personal joy in singing and her commitment to teaching have stimulated her students to participate in musical activities in their communities. Several current students are participating in church and school choirs, and also are performing roles in school and community theater. Peggy’s former students maintain contact with her and share their delight in singing as they continue to study and perform.
Peggy herself continues to study and give performances. She has sought out private instruction for herself. She has 30 years of voice study under the direction of well-known musicians and teachers, including Marianna Busching, Gillian Cookson, Todd Duncan, George Gibson, Dr. James McDonald, Martha Randall, Jennie Tourel, and Jane White.
Peggy is an active participant in voice-related professional conferences and meetings in the United States.
In May 2011, Peggy McNulty was awarded the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Laureate designation because of her longtime dedication and service to NVMTA. This is a distinguished award recently voted on by the membership.
Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Peggy recently became certified in Level II of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute. The class was held from July 19 to 21, 2011, at Shenandoah Conservatory, and the instructor was Jeannette LoVetri. The Institute was created to meet the demand for vocal training grounded in voice science, voice medicine, and tested methods of CCM pedagogy. Learn more ...
Voice Lessons for College Credit
Peggy McNulty is now on the adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College. Students can receive credit for voice lessons. Lessons must be given in her McLean studio. Contact Peggy for details.
Peggy McNulty Featured in "First Person Singular"
I knew I could sing when I was 12. I could just feel it, in my body, in my throat, everywhere. ...
Peggy was featured in the February 6, 2011, Washington Post Magazine column, "First Person Singular." She was interviewed by Amanda Long.
Six of my high school students participated in the2015 Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Voice Achievements Competition. I am pleased to announce the following:
DIVISION 1 (8th, 9th, 10th graders) Samantha Kelly, freshman at Langley High School, placed first Shelby Rose, freshman at McLean H.S., received honorable mention
DIVISION 2 (11th and 12th graders) David Liu, senior at Oakton H.S., won first place Nova Zhang, junior at Thomas Jefferson H.S., placed third
Seven of my students participated in the 2015 Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singers (VANATS) Auditions at Old Dominion University in Norfolk on Feb. 28.
The following students placed in their categories, as follows:
Nikole James placed first in the Advanced High School Female Category.
Ashley Sova placed second in the Advanced High School Female Musical Theatre Division.
Sophie Rogers placed second in the Beginning High School Female Category.
Miguel Daez won second in the Beginning Male Musical Theatre Division.
These four singers will advance to the Mid Atlantic NATS Auditions, which will be held at the University of Maryland on March 28.
I am proud of all my students and their families who took the time out of their busy lives to drive to Norfolk and to take part in this yearly competition. In 2016, VANATS will be held at George Mason University.
ALL-STATE CHOIR SELECTEES
Congratulations to the following students, who auditioned and were selected for the 2015 All-State Choir. The event will be held the weekend of April 25 at Tyson's Corner.
Nikole James, Senior, Potomac Falls H.S.: First Soprano
David Liu, Senior, Oakton H.S.: First Bass
Ali Burke, Senior, Langley H.S.: First Alternate 2nd Alto
Trevor Goldhush, Junior, Langley H.S.: First alternate 1st Tenor
CONGRATULATIONS to my students who auditioned and were selected for VMEA honors and all-district choirs!
VMEA SENIOR HONORS CHOIR Ali Burk, Senior, Langley High School
DISTRICT XII CHOIR Ali Burk, Senior, Langley High School Mary Margaret Chalk, Sophomore, Langley High School Trevor Goldhush, Junior, Langley High School Julia Isacson, Senior, Langley High School Samantha Kelly, Freshman, Langley High School Natalie Koppier, Junior, Langley High School David Liu, Senior, Oakton High School Camila Maric, Sophomore, Langley High School Sophia Rogers, Sophomore, Langley High School Shelby Rose, Freshman, McLean High School Ashley Sova, Senior, George C. Marshall High School Will Stockton, Senior, McLean High School
DISTRICT XVI CHOIR Nikole James, Senior, Potomac Falls, Loudoun County
DISTRICT XI CHOIR
Ava Plante, Freshman, Paul VI High School
Please bring empty new CDR discs to your lessons.
Please drive carefully in the neighborhood. Children will be playing outside.
On the Calendar
ADULT SPRING RECITAL Sunday, June 14,7pm, Woman's Club of Arlington
Rehearsal schedule with George Peachey:
Tuesday, June 9, beginning at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 10, at 12 noon
June 22 - 30
July 15 - 30
August 11 - 15
News of Note
TEEN SPRING RECITALS The Teen Spring Recitals were held on Sunday, May 17, at McLean Baptist Church.
Singers in the second recital.
Left to right: Four of the seven graduating seniors: Allie Graham, Jessica Wu, Ashley Sova, and Julia Isacson.
Trevor Goldhush received an Ovation Award for his solo in the traditional spiritual, “I Got a Key.” Langley H.S. took part in a national choral festival at Six Flags in San Antonio, Texas, and their choirs took top awards, including the Outstanding Choral Award. Click here for photo >
Peggy with pianist Gillian Cookson. Peggy performed on Friday, April 24, on the Friday Morning Music Club program at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington DC.
ALL-VIRGINIA CHOIR Three of Peggy's students - David Liu (senior, Oakton H.S.;Trevor Goldhush (junior, Langley H.S.); and Nikole James (senior, Potomac Falls H.S.) - participated in the very select All-Virginia Choir at Tyson’s Corner during the weekend of April 24. The men's chorus is shown above.
2015 NVMTA participants (left to right): Nova Zhang, Mana Afsari, David Liu, and Ariana Marlett. Below: Samantha Kelly.
Nikole James, senior at Potomac Falls High School, played the part of Julie in the school's production of "Carousel" during the weekend of April 18.
Ashley Sova at Regional NATS, which was held at the University of Maryland in College Park on March 28. Ashley placed second at VANATS in Advanced H.S. Female Musical Theatre. She is shown here with her father, Chris, who was her accompanist.
Student of the Week
May 11, 2015
Madeleine Galura, a junior at George C. Marshall High School, began voice lessons with Peggy in summer 2014. She has been in one voice recital and two student workshops and she enjoys singing in the treble choir at Marshall. She was able to join the group for their spring trip to Williamsburg.
She loves to hang out with friends and she works very hard in school.
We wish her much success in her future musical endeavors.