Student of the Week

Academic Year 2019-20

Voice lessons for teens and adults in McLean, Virginia

Peggy McNulty Voice Studio

BIANCA HARRIS, Week of March 9, 2020
Bianca, who is a sophomore at Langley High School, plays violin with the school orchestra and is part of the Langley Winter Guard team. She has studied voice with Peggy since September and has performed at one student workshop and one voice recital. Bianca is enrolled in all honors classes and is studying many interesting subjects, like coding. Outside of school, she coaches, referees, and plays volleyball, plays soccer in a house league, and is part of the Mock Trial club. Besides being a serious student, Bianca speaks Portuguese fluently.


TRACY WAAGNER, Week of Feb. 24, 2020
Tracy has studied voice with Peggy for over four years. During this time, she has sung in many student recitals, workshops and several voice competitions. Last spring, she placed first in the Early High School Division of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association High School Voice Competition and placed second for voice in the James A. MacDonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. This year she has advanced to the finals of the MacDonald Competition. This past May, she was a finalist in the Early Teen Art Song Category of the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. This young singer has enjoyed summer vocal intensives at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She is looking forward to studying at the WNO Opera Institute this summer. A junior at McLean High School, Tracy is a valued member of the TheatreMcLean hair crew. Her crew’s work on Lord of the Flies was recognized with a nomination for a Cappies award. Tracy is a longtime dancer, versed in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical styles. She is currently preparing a lyrical solo to Omar Sherif (the band’s visit). See her on stage in TheatreMcLean’s upcoming The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 


CYNTHIA HU, Week of Feb. 10, 2020
Cynthia Hu is a 17-year-old classical singer currently living in McLean, Virginia. She has been singing since she was very young but began taking formal voice lessons at the age of 12. Cynthia has won many voice competitions such as those hosted by NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association). She has also won top prizes at music scholarship competitions. She has attended prestigious summer institutions such as the China Central Conservatory summer program and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program. Cynthia’s passion for singing has taken her around the world, performing for thousands of people. Most notably, Cynthia has performed on the stage of the Water Cube, the Olympic aquatic center in Beijing, China, and she has also recorded musical segments for television. Cynthia is a senior at Langley High School and is an active member of the school community. She is in the esteemed Langley Madrigal Choir. She is also active in service organizations and school clubs, such as being the Vice President of International Service under the National English Honor Society, where she started and oversees a program called Pen Pals Around the World. She is currently auditioning for music schools in college where she will hopefully continue her musical studies as well as explore other academic areas of interest.


JOSEPH DOOLEY, Week of Jan. 26, 2020
Joseph Dooley, senior at Langley High School, has been involved in music for years! He has studied voice with Peggy since ninth grade, and he was also in the choral program at Longfellow Middle School. Joseph has been recognized for his lovely singing voice in being selected for All-District Choir and Langley High School Madrigals. He also sings in “Voicemale.” Joseph is vice president of Choir Council. He will play the part of a “gambler” in the school production of Guys and Dolls this spring. In addition to being a fine singer, Joseph also plays piano and guitar. Joseph participates in the Langley High School Quiz Bowl Team, and he is also treasurer of this organization! In fall 2020, Joseph will be a freshman at the University of Michigan where he intends to study economics!


ANEESHA SINGH, Week of Jan. 13, 2020
Aneesha has studied voice with Peggy for one year, and during this time she has participated in several voice workshops and one recital. ​She also participated in the Musical Theatre Competition sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA). At Cooper Middle School, where Aneesha is an eighth grader, Aneesha played the part of Ursula in their spring 2019 production of The Little Mermaid. She also has been stage manager for their recent play. Aneesha has studied piano for 8 years and was awarded “superior” in several recent piano festivals. 


CAYLA FREEDLANDER, Week of Dec. 2, 2019
Cayla is an eighth grader at Cooper Middle School in McLean, and for many years she has loved being involved in dramatic productions. She began private voice lessons with Peggy in the summer of 2019. At last count, Cayla has performed in 12 plays and musicals, most recently Crimson House Murder for Cooper’s fall 2019 performance. She has also performed at McLean’s Alden Theater for two of their plays, including Winnie the Pooh this past spring. Other performances were with the Potomac School’s Summer Musical Theater Camp, The Traveling Players Ensemble, and at Spring Hill Elementary School. Cayla looks forward to attending Langley High School next year and in performing at our holiday recital on December 7. 


CATHERINE KNECHT, Week of Nov. 11, 2019
Catherine is a freshman at Langley High School, where she studies both drama and music. She has taken lessons with Peggy for one school year and summer. Catherine has been a very loyal voice student, having sung in two student recitals and two students workshops. She performed at the Virginian Retirement Home last summer and participated in the NVMTA Musical Theatre Competition on November 10. Catherine is not only involved in choir and drama, but she also dances with Kintz Mejia Academy of Ballet. She has performed in school musical productions of We Are Monsters, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This fall she performs in the ensemble of Romeo and Juliet at Langley High School. 


​GABRIEL DOTSON, Week of Oct. 29, 2019
Gabe is a home educated senior in high school, and he has studied voice with Peggy for over three years. During this time, he has performed in several student voice workshops and recitals. He has made great process in developing his lovely baritenor voice! Gabe sings with the Youth Music Academy, which meets at the Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va. He is a very busy young student as he also works many hours each week at Chick-Fil-A located at Dulles Town Crossing. He will soon receive the Eagle Scout badge. Presently he also takes classes at Northern Virginia Community College. He plans to be an Air Force nurse.


REILLY LOFTUS, Week of Oct. 1, 2019
Reilly, a senior at Langley High School, sings in the chamber and concert choirs. She has studied voice with Peggy for several years. During this time, she has performed in many voice recitals and workshops. For the past three summers she has sung at the Virginian Retirement Home. She played the part of a page at the Langley Renaissance Feast held last December. Reilly has been active in Girl Scouts for many years. She received her Gold Award for creating an interactive trail guide for families at Riverbend Park. She also received the Silver Trefoil for 100 hours of service. In the summer of 2018, she travelled to Germany with the Girl Scouts and, because she studied German, she enjoyed her time immensely. This spring, Reilly plans to play on an outside-of-school soccer league. She is busy applying to colleges this year. We wish her much success in her future years.


VIHA CHAKRAPANI, Week of Sep. 23, 2019
Viha is a sophomore at Madison High School, where she sings in the Madison Select Singers. She has studied voice with Peggy for one year, and during this time, she has performed in two voice recitals and two voice workshops. Last school year, Viha participated in the NVMTA Musical Theatre Competition and Classical Voice Competition, and she received honors in both competitions. She also traveled to Shenandoah Conservatory last spring where she sang in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Musical Theatre and Classical High School divisions. Besides being very involved in musical activities, Viha also plays junior varsity basketball and varsity tennis at Madison High School. She is a Girl Scout and vice-president and co-founder of her high school’s Girls Who Code Club. Viha volunteers as a tutor for elementary school students in math and English, and she is vice-president of the student-led service organization WeHelp.