Peggy McNulty   Voice lessons for teens and adults in Northern Virginia

Peggy McNulty Voice Studio
Studio address:
1209 Stable Gate Court, McLean, Virginia


"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.

NVMTA Laureate

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.

Click here to read the article online >

Read the Feb. 10 Washington Post Opinion piece here >


Student Vocal Accomplishments


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.


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!

Ali Burk, Senior, Langley High School 

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

Nikole James, Senior, Potomac Falls, Loudoun County

Ava Plante, Freshman, Paul VI High School


On the Calendar

STUDIO CLOSED - Nov. 25, 26, 27

WINTER RECITALS - Saturday, December 12
  Teens - 1:30 pm
  Adults - 5:00 pm
Woman's Club of Arlington

Sign up for rehearsal time with George Peachey:
  Sunday afternoon - Dec. 6, 
  Tuesday evening, after 7 p.m. - Dec. 8 
  Thursday evening, after 6:30 p.m. - Dec. 10

Adults - June 12, 2016, 7 pm, Woman’s Club of Arlington 
Teens - May 21, 2016, 2 pm, McLean Baptist Church


Student of the Week

November 16, 2015

Cynthia is an eighth grader at Longfellow Middle School, where she sings in the chorus. Cynthia took some lessons once a month with Peggy during her 5th and 6th grades. Since September she has studied weekly, and she participated in the fall student workshop.

Cynthia comes from a musical family. Her aunt is an opera singer. Cynthia has studied piano for 10 years and she also attends Chinese school on the weekends.

This talented young student loves to write novels, enjoys math, and says she’s a “book worm.”

We wish her much success in her musical endeavors!


News of Note

Fall 2015 Student Workshops were held Sunday, November 1, at McNulty Studio. Two teen programs
(top and center photos) and one adult program (bottom) were performed. George Peachey was pianist.

Trevor Goldhush, senior at Langley High School, has been selected for the VMEA Senior Honors Choir as a Tenor 2. The choir will rehearse and perform at the 2015 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk in November.

A group of Peggy's teen and adult students performed at The Virginian Retirement Community in Fairfax on September 3. George Peachey was pianist.


Studio Reminders

Please bring empty new CDR discs to your lessons.  

Please drive carefully in the neighborhood. Children will be playing outside.

Updated 11/15/2015