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 >



On the Calendar


MAY 18:  Teen Spring Recital

MAY 30:  Adult Spring Recital, Woman’s Club of Arlington


Student of the Week

March 31, 2014

Kathryn will graduate from Langley High School in June. She has studied voice with Peggy for at least three years and during this time she has sung in many student recitals and workshops. She has received honors at NATS auditions at least twice, and she won a second prize in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Voice Achievements Competition.

At Langley High School, Kathryn sings in the madrigals. She played a leading role in the school’s production of
Little Women this fall. For two years she has been selected to sing in the Virginia All State Choir, and in September she participated in the VMEA Senior Honors Choir.

 Kathryn has derived such pleasure from being involved in the Young Artists of America voice program. Last month she was able to have the joy of singing in
Songs for a New World, directed by the composer, Jason Robert Brown. She sang several solos … an outstanding performance!!

We wish her much success in her future musical endeavors!!

View previous Students of the Week here >


News of Note

Ariana Marlett, a junior at Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun County, played the part of Mrs. Anna Smith in the school’s production of Meet Me In St. Louis. She is pictured here with Peggy at the March 29 performance.
The Spring 2014 Teen and Adult Workshops were held on Sunday, March 16, at McNulty Studio. George Peachey was pianist.  Click here for more photos >

Kathryn Bailey
and Jamie Joyen Waldorf performed in "'Songs For A New World' at Young Artists of America with Jason Robert Brown" on Saturday, March 16. Fifty-two instrumentalists (prepared and rehearsed by Musical Director Kristofer Sanz, and joined by professional guest mentors) and 35 vocalists from 35 different high schools from the DC Metro area filled Winston Churchill High School’s Bish Auditorium. Joining them as conductor (and sometimes accompanist) was Composer/Lyricist Jason Robert Brown himself.

Click here for photos and a review by Joel Markowitz.

Congratulations to my students who were selected to participate in the All-Virginia Chorus, which will be held on April 2426 at Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg:

    Olivia Van Vranken – Stafford High School
    David Liu – Oakton High School 
    Kathryn Bailey – Langley High School

Allie Burke - Langley High School 
Nikole James - Potomac Falls High School (Loudoun County)  

Samantha Kelly, an eighth grader at Kilmer Middle School, won second place in the Falls Church Lion’s Club Bland Competition.  Congratulations!

Virginia NATS auditions were held at Shenandoah University last weekend.
Nova Zhang, who sang in the Advanced Freshman/Sophomore female High School Category, received “honors” as did Madeleine Chalk and Nikole James in the Advanced Junior/Senior Female High School Category. Congratulations to all who participated! The clinician, Dr. Louise Toppin, gave two excellent master classes.  Nikole James was one of the singers. Next year’s auditions will be held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. 


Studio Reminders

Please bring empty new CDR discs to your lessons.  

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

Updated 4/1/2014