Voice lessons for teens and adults in McLean, Virginia

​ELENITSA SGOUROS, Week of May 1, 2017
Elenitsa is a junior at Langley High School, where she has been a very active participant in their drama department. Last week she performed the role of Tessie Tura in Langley’s production of Gypsy; in the fall she played Nurse Kelly in Harvey. In last spring’s production of Chicago, Elenitsa played Hunyak, and in Almost Main, Elenitsa played the part of Sandrine. She has studied voice with Peggy for three years and during this time, Elenitsa has sung in several student workshops and recitals. This young actress has been selected to participate this summer in the theatre and drama department of Virginia’s Governor’s School, which will be held at Radford University.

SOPHIE SMITH, Week of April 24, 2017
Sophie is an eighth grader at Cooper Middle School, where she participates in their drama program. She has studied voice with Peggy since September and during this time, she has made great progress. She has performed in two student voice workshops and in the Winter Recital. This past weekend she sang in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Voice Achievements Competition. She also sang the national anthem for a crowd at her sister’s senior night Langley lacrosse game, and she has been asked back for a return engagement! Her love of singing began when she was in third grade. She played the role of Gretyl in Cooper Middle School’s production of The Sound of Music. She then starred as Beauty in her sixth grade’s production of Beauty and the Beast. This spring she is playing a major role in Cooper Middle School’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Besides being a very talented young singer, Sophie swims and plays lacrosse while trying to keep up with her three older sisters!

CARENNA SLOTKOFF, Week of April 3, 2017
Carenna Slotkoff, a sophomore at McLean High School, is an active member of Theatre McLean. Her most recent roles at McLean include The Children’s Hour (Peggy Rogers) and Don’t Drink the Water (Burns). ​She is currently rehearsing for Seussical (Bird Girls) where she will dance, sing, and act. She is a graduate of Imagination Stage’s Acting Conservatory Program, and she studies with other local theatre programs. Carenna has studied voice with Peggy for several years and has performed in several student recitals and workshops. Most recently, she placed third for both theatre and voice in the McLean Community Center Youth Talent Scholarship Competition. When she is not singing or acting, Carenna enjoys being a member of the McLean High School Dance Team.

MARGO GURIAN, Week of March 27, 2017
Margo is in the 8th grade at Cooper Middle School. She has studied with Peggy for more than a year. Since studying with Peggy, she has had a significant range improvement and she can sightread with much ease. Margo has worked backstage in several plays at Cooper Middle School. She has moved props and done makeup, and last year she performed in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Margo also performed at last spring’s student workshop. Margo will attend Langley High School next year. She plans to sing in chorus and hopefully be selected to be a madrigal!

JORDAN PRATHER, Week of March 20, 2017
Jordan is a sophomore at McLean High School and she has studied voice with Peggy for 1-1/2 years. During the school year, she also attends the Musical Theatre Academy at Fairfax High School, where she studies drama, voice, and dance. Jordan recently performed the role of Martha in TheatreMcLean’s production of The Children’s Hour. This fall she played Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she was a featured soloist in her church’s production of Godspell. Jordan received honors at the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions which were held in February at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has performed in several studio voice workshops and recitals. Jordan loves to sing, act, and play her guitar and ukulele.

​KERRY MULLIGAN, Week of March 6, 2017
Kerry has studied voice with Peggy for more than a year. She is a junior at Lake Braddock High School, and is a very active junior! She volunteers at Fairfax County’s Hidden Pond Nature Center and in the summer works with children at the Jewish Community Center. She participated in the NATS Auditions at George Mason University in the spring of 2016, where she received honors. In February, she sang at this spring’s auditions at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Kerry has performed at one student recital and workshop and she participated in the first Musical Theatre Judged recital sponsored by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association in fall 2016.

TEE-TEE NGUYEN, Week of February 27, 2017
Tee-Tee is a senior at Oakton High School. She has been in chorus since the 6th grade and has studied with Peggy since her junior year. In school, she is a member of the Oakton Singers ensemble, the Choir Council, and the Oakton A'ctaves female a cappella group. In May she will sing in the spring musical, Les Misērables. In her community she is a member of Girl Scouts and Venturing. Tee-Tee has received early admissions to the College of William and Mary. In college she hopes to continue her participation in chorus as she studies government.

MARY MARGARET CHALK, Week of February 5, 2017
Mary Margaret is a senior at Langley High School, where she sings in the concert choir and the madrigals group. She has studied voice with Peggy for 4 years and has been an avid participant in her school’s choirs since then. She was selected as a member of the VMEA Senior Honors Choir of 2016 and this weekend she also will be participating in the District XII Honors Choir. Aside from singing, Mary Margaret is a CAPPIES theatre critic and a piano student, and she is very dedicated and involved in the academic life of her school. In her future education, she hopes to study history, along with something in the science field. Mary Margaret intends to keep singing the rest of her life!!

​KRISTEN WAAGNER, Week of January 30, 2017
​Kristen, a junior at McLean High School, enjoys musical theatre and dance. She has studied voice with Peggy and participated in vocal workshops and studio recitals since eighth grade. ​Kristen’s first role in a musical was in The King and I with the Sterling Playmakers in 2007. This fall, she appeared in TheatreMcLean’s production of Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water as Marion Hollander. Currently, she is in rehearsal for TheatreMcLean’s The Children’s Hour as understudy for the role of Karen, and also as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, which will be performed at the Folger Theatre Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. Kristen has been an award-winning competition team dancer for many years in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical styles. In the spring of 2015, she performed a tap improvisation to a movement from Bizet’s Carmen with the Arlington Concert Orchestra. For the past two summers, she has been a merit scholarship recipient for the Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Musical Theatre Workshop, and was selected to be Dance Captain for her session in 2016. 

MIGUEL DAEZ, Week of January 16, 2017
Miguel has been studying voice since 8th grade. He is a home-educated junior, who serves as Vice-President for Capital Baptist Homeschool Co-op’s Student Government Association. He also serves as Vice-President of Education for C4 Speech & Debate Club. He is very active in Speech and Debate. At the Stoa USA National Championship 2015, he placed 2nd in Open Interpretation. Miguel is also a cross-country and track & field runner. He was awarded a bronze medal for finishing in 25th place out of 222 runners in the Junior Boys 5K race at the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional Championship 2016 with a time of 16:47. Miguel also loves to act and has played the role of Puck in Cornerstone Youth Theatre Project’s (CYTP) 2015 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2016, he played the role of Mr. Webb in CYTP’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. He will be playing the role of Motel in CYTP’s 2017 production of Fiddler on the Roof. He participated in the first Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Judged Musical Theatre Recital last fall and received honors. During his free time, Miguel likes to run, watch movies, and create fun videos.

CAMILA MARIC, Week of January 2, 2017
Camila Maric has studied voice with Peggy since 8th grade, and she has made such wonderful progress in her studies. This talented young singer is a senior at Langley High School, where she sings with the madrigals. Camila has participated in All-District Choir, All State Choir, and the highly selective VMEA Senior Honors Choir. In fact, this fall, she sang a very difficult solo by Martini with the Senior Honors Choir. Camila has played major roles in several musicals at Langley High School, including parts in Little Women and Chicago. Presently she is enjoying singing with the Young Artists of America. She will solo with this group at the Strathmore center on March 12, 2017. Camila attended a choral intensive workshop at the Boston Conservatory of Music last summer. In college, she would like to major in music. 

TRACY WAAGNER, Week of November 28, 2016
Tracy Waagner is an eighth grader at Longfellow Middle School, and she has studied with Peggy for two school years. ​She has also played the violin for eight years and is a violin section leader with the Longfellow chamber orchestra. She studies violin privately at the Levine School. Last summer she attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a violin major. Tracy enjoys singing, dancing, and photography. She has sung in several voice workshops and in one recital. She will perform in the December 10 Teen Winter Recital. As if she isn’t busy enough, Tracy also competes with lyrical, ballet, jazz, and tap competition dance companies. She is an award-winning tap soloist.

​SAMANTHA KELLY, Week of November 15, 2016
Samantha, who has studied voice with Peggy for several years, is a junior at Paul VI High School in Fairfax. She spent her past two high school years at Langley High School. At Paul VI, she sings in the chamber choir and outside of school, she is a high school scholarship singer with Choralis, a Falls Church based choir. Samantha has participated in numerous student voice workshops and recitals and also in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Virginia Chapter Student Auditions. She won first place in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) beginning high school voice competition in 2014. “Sammy,” as she is called, is on the Machine swim team and she practices year-round. This busy teenager has traveled with church mission trips to the Dominican Republic and to the Philippines, where she has led children’s programs.

Joseph Dooley, a freshman at Langley High School, has studied voice with Peggy since early September. He sings in the concert choir and in Voicemale men’s ensemble at Langley High School. Not only does Joseph love to sing, but he has also studied the piano for 8 years and he is learning to play the guitar. While a student at Longfellow Middle School, Joseph performed in the productions of Guys and Dolls and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. 

AMELIA BURKLEY, Week of October 24, 2016
Amelia, a home educated senior, has studied voice with Peggy for over a year. During this time she has participated in the NATS auditions, held at George Mason University last spring, where she received honors in both the High School Classical and Musical Theatre divisions.  She also sang in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association high school auditions, and in several voice workshops and recitals. She has performed in 17 community theatre productions and this past weekend she performed in her seventh production with Sterling Playmakers. She played the part of Lady Ophelia in their production of Great Stage of Fools. Amelia looks forward to studying theatre in college.

CYNTHIA HU, Week of October 10, 2016
Cynthia is beginning her second full school year of voice lessons with Peggy. She is a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and she loves to sing! Last spring she took part in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association High School Voice Achievements Competition. Cynthia has sung in two student recitals and workshops. She keeps busy studying piano and participating in events sponsored by the swim team, “Machine.” In spite of her very busy schedule, Cynthia always finds time to practice her voice lesson material. She hopes to sing in the choir at T.J. this year! 

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