Student of the Week

Peggy McNulty Voice Studio

Academic Year 2018-19

Voice lessons for teens and adults in McLean, Virginia

​LELAND HAO, Week of May 13, 2019
Leland, a sophomore at Langley High School, has studied voice with Peggy for a year. During this time he has participated in several voice workshops and one recital. Leland sings in concert chorale and Voice Male at Langley, and he has been selected to be in the madrigal choir for next school year. Recently he played the part of Pepper in the school’s production of Mamma Mia!, and last year he enjoyed performing in the cast of Evita. He has spent the past few summers studying at Stage Door Performing Arts Camp in upstate New York, where he performed in their productions of Guys and Dolls and Forty-Second Street.


LAUREN GROBMAN, Week of April 29, 2019
Lauren has studied voice with Peggy for two school years. During this time she has participated in several voice workshops and voice recitals. During her four years as a student at McLean High School, Lauren has been involved in the Theatre McLean productions of Urinetown; played the part of Sam in Lord of the Flies; hosted theatre showcases; and served as publicity head for other productions. Lauren has been editor and chief of the school’s creative writing literary website. Lauren will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.


CATHERINE KNECHT, Week of April 8, 2019
Catherine is an 8th grader at Cooper Middle School. She has been singing under Ms. McNulty's instruction since summer 2018. Catherine was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and spent most of her elementary school years overseas in Romania, Jordan, and Bahrain. Chorus was always an integral part of the international schools Catherine attended, so she was excited to join chorus at Colvin Run Elementary School when she returned to the U.S. While at Colvin Run, Catherine earned a spot in the All-County Chorus and won Colvin Run's Vocal Music Award; in the 7th and 8th grades, she participated in District Chorus. Catherine's favorite genres are alternative music and musical theater, and she has performed in school musical productions of We are Monsters, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In addition to singing, Catherine takes ballet at the Kintz Mejia
Academy of Ballet. Catherine will attend Langley High School in the fall and is excited to be part of their choir program.


​RYLEIGH HOAG, Week of March 25, 2019
Ryleigh is an eighth grader at Cooper Middle School in McLean. She began singing in the treble choir at her church at age 7. She was selected to participate in All-County Chorus in her 6th grade year. Ryleigh was invited to join ETAP (Encore Theatrical Arts Project) 2 years ago, and she recently performed in Europe with this dance organization! She began private lessons with Peggy last summer. In November she participated in the NVMTA Musical Theatre Judged Competition. She sang in the fall voice workshop and will take part in next week’s workshop and in the May recital. Besides her passion for singing, dancing, and acting, Ryleigh has studied piano and Japanese for many years!


​JOSEPH DOOLEY, Week of March 11, 2019
Joseph is a junior at Langley High School. Currently, he is in Langley’s Concert Choir, but he will also participate in the Madrigals choir next year. He is also in Voicemale. In addition to singing, he has taken piano lessons for 11 years and has just started taking guitar lessons. In his free time, Joseph enjoys playing folk music on guitar, particularly that of Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers. At Langley, he is in the Cyber Patriots club and also on the Quiz Bowl team. Outside of school, he enjoys doing Taekwondo, as well as learning about history, math, and current affairs. This coming summer, he hopes to attend academic programs for Spanish, math, and science.


KATE MOORE, Week of March 4, 2019​
Kate began voice lessons with Peggy over a year ago and, during this time, she has made great progress. At Cooper Middle School, Kate played the leading role in their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Kate is now a ninth grader at Langley High School where she studies drama and is rehearsing almost every day for the upcoming performance of Mamma Mia. She loves participating in theatrical performances and has performed in many shows dealing with fairies. She has also performed in Shrek, The Musical. This summer, Kate is excited to be returning to her drama program at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, New York. Last fall she received excellent comments from her performance in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) High School Musical Theatre Competition. She also participated last weekend in the 2019 VA NATS Student Auditions at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.


VIHA CHAKRAPANI, Week of Feb. 11, 2019
Viha is a freshman at Madison High School, where she sings with the Madison Select Singers. She has studied voice with Peggy since August 2018 and, during this time, she has performed at one student voice workshop and a student recital. In November, she participated in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Voice Teachers Musical Theatre Competition, where she received honorable mention. On March 2, 2019, she will sing in the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VANATS) Student Auditions at Shenandoah University. Last spring, Viha sang in the Virginia Middle School Honor Choir, and this past weekend she participated in the high school District 12 Chorus. She has performed in a middle school production of Aladdin. For three years, Viha sang in the Fairfax Choral Society’s concert choir. Besides Viha’s active involvement in music and singing, she plays basketball for Madison High School and she works as a tutor for elementary school children at a math and English learning center.​


REILLY LOFTUS, Week of Jan. 26, 2019
Reilly, a junior at Langley High School, sings in the Treble Select Choir. She has studied voice with Peggy for several years and, during this time, she has performed in many voice recitals and workshops and at the Virginian Retirement Home. She played the part of a page at the Renaissance Feast held in December. Reilly is also a member of the National Honor Society. Reilly has been active in Girls Scouts for many years, and she has been awarded her Gold Award for creating an interactive trail guide for families at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. Last summer, Reilly travelled to Germany with her scouts and, since she studies German, she really had a terrific time. Last fall she was on the Langley High School track team. and this spring she plans to play on an outside-of-school soccer league.


LINDSEY BERTIN, Week of Jan. 14, 2019
Lindsey, a senior at Langley High School, has been a member of their madrigal choir for two years. She has studied voice with Peggy for over two years and, during this time, she has participated in several voice recitals and workshops. Last spring, Lindsey received honors at the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VA NATS) Student Auditions at James Madison University. Lindsey was selected to sing in the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Senior Honors Choir this past November. This busy student has also played flute in the Langley High School marching band. As a fourth-year student of Russian, Lindsey travelled to Russia last spring. She also plays soccer and she has been on Langley High School’s track team. This young singer hopes to study pre-med in college and she would like to major in neuroscience and Russian.


GABRIEL DOTSON, Week of Dec. 17, 2018
Gabriel is a home-schooled junior, and he has studied voice with Peggy for 1-1/2 school years. He has participated in several student voice workshops and recitals. For the past few years, Gabe has sung with the Patrick Henry Youth Music Academy Chorus. He attends church at the Calvary Chapel, Reston Station. Gabe is a member of Scout Troop 1577, and this spring he is due to receive the Eagle Award. This busy young singer works many hours a week at Chick-Fil-A at the Dulles Town Center.


EMILY MARTIN, Week of Dec. 2, 2018
Emily is in 7th grade at Longfellow Middle School in McLean, and she loves to sing and act. Already she has performed with Falls Church’s Creative Caldron in many productions, including Pinocchio, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow Queen, and Madeline’s Christmas. Emily’s first voice recital performance with Peggy was Saturday, December 8. Emily is also a member of the Magic softball team in Northern Virginia, and she has played this sport for many years! 


MIRYAM LA HOUD, Week of Nov. 19, 2018
Miryam, who is in 8th grade at St. Luke Catholic School in McLean, has studied voice with Peggy for over one year. During this time she has sung in two voice recitals and one student workshop. Miryam was honored to be a featured soloist at this year’s teacher’s opening mass and she has performed in other school musical events. This fall, Miryam also participated in her school’s cross-country team. In her leisure time, Miryam enjoys taking long hikes and spending time with her family. 


AMANDA FLORES, Week of Oct. 29, 2018
Amanda, who has studied voice for one year, is a senior at McLean High School. She has participated in two student voice workshops and in one recital. In November Amanda will perform in this fall’s high school musical, Urinetown. Amanda participates in the high school’s cyber security and feminist clubs. She speaks Spanish and French and she loves to travel!


​MEGAN VANDRE, Week of Oct. 22, 2018
Megan, a junior at Langley High School, is very active in the school’s choral department. She sings with the madrigals and in concert chorale, and last year she participated in chamber choir, an all-girls ensemble. Last year she was also selected for All-District Choir. She performed at the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) High School Voice Competition. At the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VA NATS) State Auditions, she received “honors.” Besides being a busy singer, Megan also performs in the Langley High School color guard program. Last summer she worked as an intern in the offices of ANCA, the Armenian National Committee of Americans.​


​CYNTHIA HU, Week of Oct. 3, 2018
Cynthia is a junior at Langley High School. She has been studying with Peggy for many years. As a fifth grader, she came for monthly lessons! For the past years, she has participated in many vocal competitions, receiving honors at many of these musical events. Most notably, Cynthia traveled to China this past summer to represent the United States in an international singing competition to promote the Beijing 2022 Olympics. She received the outstanding performance award, winning over almost all 64 competitors from 42 countries. She has also appeared on CCTY, China Central Television to promote the 2019 spring new year’s banquet. Cynthia is also an active member of the Langley High School debate team and she served as previous captain of TJ’s debate team, model United Nations, and future problem solving. She also enjoys competitive swimming, even though the practices are at 3am every weekday. 


TRACY WAAGNER, Week of Sep. 17, 2018
Tracy is a sophomore at McLean High School. She has studied voice with Peggy for over two school years. During this time she has made remarkable progress in developing her beautiful voice. This past summer, Tracy studied classical voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She has especially enjoyed singing German lieder and other classical selections. Last spring Tracy received “honors” in both the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Auditions and in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) beginning high school competition. Not only does Tracy enjoy singing, but she is also an accomplished violinist and dancer. She studies at the Perfect Pointe Music & Dance studios.