Academic Year 2021-22

SCARLETT SPANO, Week of Jan. 6, 2022
Scarlett Spano, soprano, has studied voice with Peggy for over one school year. During this time, she has made much progress. She performed last spring at our outside recital in McLean Central Park and this past December inside at The Woman’s Club of Arlington. She also participated in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Musical Theatre Competition this fall, where she received excellent comments from the adjudicators. Scarlett is a sophomore at Langley High School, where she is involved in the chorus and theater programs. As a high school freshman, she played clarinet in the school orchestra, an instrument she has played since 6th grade. At the beginning of this school year, she decided to join choir to fulfill her younger dreams of becoming a singer. One of Scarlett’s many passions is being involved with the Langley theatre program. She worked virtually in her first few productions last year and most recently she was a stage manager in the fall play. She will soon make her first “on stage” appearance in late January for the VHSL play, 26 Pebbles. Scarlett is very excited to continue to work in the arts program at Langley High School and to make as many memories as she can!


ADVAI GOVIND, Week of Dec. 13, 2021
Advai, who is a freshman at James Madison High School, has studied voice with Peggy for over one year. During the pandemic, this young baritone took online classes and also participated in the Northern Virginia Music Teacher Association (NVMTA) Voice Achievements Competition. He also performed in several McNulty Studio outdoor recitals. Besides singing with the Madison High School chorus, Advai also played bassoon in the Madison marching band during the football season! For ten years, Advai studied piano. Before high school, he sang with the Fairfax Choral Society’s high school division. Advai was selected to participate in All-District Choir in February. He enjoys playing sports and played basketball for a few years with the Vienna Youth League. 


VICTORIA WANG, Week of November 29, 2021
Victoria has studied voice with Peggy for over one year! During the pandemic she took online classes and she made wonderful progress in developing her soprano voice. She participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Virginia chapter (VA NATS), Student Auditions last spring and received “honorable mention” in the beginning high school category. Victoria is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School. She is very busy as a member of the volleyball team and now she is on the diving team. This young student performed in choir throughout her elementary and middle school years. In addition, she has played multiple instruments such as piano, viola, and violin. Most recently, she is enjoying playing the ukulele. She loves to read and spend time with her family. On December 4, she will perform in our holiday voice recital and this fall she participated in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers’ Association (NVMTA) Musical Theatre Competition, where she received “positive comments” from the adjudicators.


RYLEIGH HOAG, Week of Nov. 8, 2021
Ryleigh Hoag, a junior at Langley High School, has studied voice with Peggy since 8th grade. Even during the pandemic, she never missed a voice lesson online and in the studio. Ryleigh has performed in several voice workshops and recitals. As a valued dancer with Encore Productions in Chantilly, Va., Ryleigh has performed in innumerable shows. Before the pandemic, she filmed and performed in their production of “Home for the Holidays.” In the summer of 2018, Ryleigh travelled to Italy to perform with her Encore troupe where they danced in theatres and in “ancient ruins!” In summer 2022, she will dance in Barcelona, Spain. This Christmas season, not only will she dance in their holiday production, but she will also sing!! This talented student has also studied piano since age 5. In elementary school, she accompanied the school’s choral programs. She also enjoys singing and playing her ukulele!

VIHA CHAKRAPANI, Week of Oct. 25, 2021
Viha is a senior at Madison High School, where she is a member of the Madison Madrigals group. Viha has studied voice with Peggy since she was in 9th grade and has participated in several voice recitals, workshops, and competitions. Most recently, Viha entered the Music Teachers National Association's Senior Voice Competition. Additionally, Viha has performed in All-District Chorus throughout high school, and she qualified as a Soprano 1 Alternate for Virginia’s All-State Choir last school year. She has been selected for this year's Virginia Senior Honors Choir, and she will travel to Norfolk in November to take part in this event.


​CATHERINE KNECHT, Week of Oct. 4, 2021
Catherine is a sophomore at Langley High School where she studies both drama and music. She sings in the prestigious madrigal choir and concert choir. She has studied voice with Peggy since she was in the 8th grade. Catherine has been a very loyal voice student, having sung in multiple student recitals and workshops, and participated in a variety of vocal competitions. This past summer Catherine attended a pre-college summer intensive musical theatre course at Oklahoma City Univeristy. Throughout her academic career, this young singer has performed in a number of school musical productions, as well as All-District Chorus.


​SOPHIA RADER, Week of Sep. 20, 2021
Sophia is a freshman at George C. Marshall High School, where she sings in the Marshall Harmony freshman choir. Singing is Sophia’s passion. Sophia has studied with Peggy for 1-1/2 years; during this time, she has been a very fine student. She has never missed a lesson and she has learned so much repertoire! Sophia has performed in two voice recitals which were held at the McLean Central Park, and she has sung in two backyard programs at McNulty Studio. Sophia took lessons in the backyard during most of the pandemic … even in the rain! Sophia has performed in several plays, enjoys playing the guitar, loves The Beatles, is in a Greek folk dance troupe, and loves art and sketching. This past August she attended a wedding in northern Greece!

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