Students on TV

Students on BROADWAY

Students on FILM


Philip Pelkington

My journey as a voice teacher began in 2001, but my love of music goes back to my childhood. I would sing in church and be told by people that I sounded amazing. Of course, my mother just told me to shush, but thankfully, I never listened to her.

Through the years, I’ve been blessed to be able to work with some incredibly talented students like Lilla Crawford, Dana Gaier, Brianna Mazzola, Bea Miller and Brighton Thomas, to name just a few.

For me, teaching is about truth, respect, and reverence. What sets me apart from other voice teachers is the genuine connection I make with my students. I help them develop into the next generation of talent, whether it be on stage as a Pop Star, on Broadway, TV/Film, Voice-over or even in a local school production.

At the very first lesson, I put my students at ease by encouraging and showing them how to respect their instruments. I teach my students to build their voices and gain confidence (because they both matter greatly) to get them to sing the best they can, and I do so in a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.

Helping the students to let go and just sing can be a beautiful experience, and it is the pathway to the most genuine performance. For the aspiring artist who has the desire, and the family who has the dedication and seriousness, I am the one to help you get there! I have had the pleasure to work with a number of talented students performing in a variety of venues.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy being creative in the kitchen, as well as traveling around the world. I have visited 78 countries on six continents to date, including a mountain gorilla trek in Rwanda. How many voice teachers do you know who have been sucker punched by a Silver Back and have the video to prove it?

Students on Broadway

  • Lawrence in School of Rock
  • Young Charlie in Kinky Boots
  • Child Girl in 1984
  • Young Amélie in Amélie
  • Peter, George, and Michael (3 of the 4 Llewelyn Davies boys) in Finding Neverland
  • The King’s Children in The King and I
  • Matilda, Lavender, Eric and Bruce in Matilda The Musical
  • Little Cosette/Young Éponine in Les Misérables
  • Annie in Annie
  • Young Will in Big Fish
  • Billy and Debbie in Billy Elliott
  • Theo in Pippin
  • Michael and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins
  • Les in Newsies

Students on Film

  • Into the Woods
  • Winter’s Tale
  • Despicable Me 1, 2, and 3
  • Mary and Martha
  • Annie: The Movie (2014)

Students on Television

  • Gotham
  • The Affair
  • The Voice
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • Chopped Junior
  • Madam Secretary
  • NBC The Sound of Music Live
  • Forever
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Leftovers
  • Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition
  • Boardwalk Empire

Students on National Tours

  • Les Misérables
  • Billy Elliott
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
  • Matilda
  • Pippin
  • Kinky Boots

Students in Featured Venues

  • Lincoln Center
  • Carnegie Hall
  • The Us Open
  • Giants Stadium
  • Citi Field
  • Feinstein’s/54 Below
  • Rockwell Table & Stage
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall


  • Initial Vocal Assessment

  • Private voice lessons with an emphasis on vocal technique and applying that technique to song

  • Ongoing Vocal Consultation

  • First-class showcases in New York and Los Angeles (Manhattan Showcase Project® and Hollywood Showcase Project). These showcases give students the opportunity to continue to perform on stage and perfect their craft, as well as provide priceless networking opportunities with industry professionals

  • Artist Development Program. For select clientele only. The program includes repertoire, live performance and production support, as well as guidance on professional development.


It’s hard for me to put into words how incredible Philip Pelkington truly is. Ever since I met him he has always done everything and anything to help his students, including myself with becoming better vocalists. Besides Philip Pelkington being a vocal coaching God… he is one of the most humble, generous, and greatest people you will ever meet. Every week I work with him my voice gets better and my range gets stronger. He wants/wishes the best for everyone of his students.  Any vocal coach who flies 3,000 miles to LA to see you is definitely a keeper! Philip is more than just a coach, he’s family.

Brianna MazzolaBrianna Mazzola,
Artist, Hitco Entertainment 2018-present
Mouseketeer, Club Mickey Mouse, 2017
The Voice, Season 10, NBC 2016

Philip Pelkington is much more than my voice teacher, he is a mentor, and I consider him to be a part of my family. Philip makes each lesson not only challenging, but fun, after each session I can honestly say I learned something new. Philip puts so much time and thought into every song selection, and above all he values and respects my opinions. Philip’s love of teaching has enabled me to fall in love with music and singing all over again.  Everyone should have someone like Philip Pelkington in their lives! I am lucky to say that Philip is a part of my world.

Abigail Dylan Harrison,
Stacey Solloway, The Affair (Season 3-5), Showtime 2016-2019
Louise, A Christmas Story Live!, FOX 2017

Protecting my voice is extremely important to me, especially because of the voiceover work I do. Philip Pelkington is an amazing teacher. With Philip Pelkington’s coaching, I have expanded my range and strengthened my mix, and have not had to worry about harming my voice. I love working with Philip Pelkington and can’t believe how much growth I have experienced, in my voice, style and confidence.

Dana GaierDana Gaier,
Edith, “Despicable Me 1,2 & 3,” Universal Pictures 2010, 2013, 2017

I’m so grateful to have been introduced to Philip Pelkington. He’s an incredible teacher and mentor. My performance skills have improved tremendously since I started working with him. He’s also been very helpful with song selection. Philip really knows his stuff and he’s so generous and supportive in every way. I couldn’t ask for more.

Brighton ThomasBrighton Thomas,
The Great American Songbook Foundation – Youth Ambassador 2016

Meeting Philip Pelkington while living in New York has been a gift both professionally and personally. He has been a key player in helping me achieve excellence during many of my live performances and always goes above and beyond the role of a teacher. I consider Philip Pelkington to be a part of my family!!!!

Lilla Crawford,
Emily, “New York Spectacular,” Radio City Musical Hall, 2016
Little Red, “Into The Woods,” Disney Pictures 2014
Annie, “Annie” Broadway 2012

Philip Pelkington goes above and beyond to teach, prep and make sure that Jackson has every tool he needs to do his best vocal work. He has taken Jackson from zero to sixty in just a few short months, which has enabled him to compete with the best! We love working with Philip Pelkington and highly recommend him.

Jackson DeMott HillJackson DeMott Hill,
George/Peter, Finding Neverland, Broadway, 2015-2016

I truly cannot give enough praise to Philip Pelkington. Not only has my voice drastically improved while I have been taking lessons with him, but he has been incredibly useful in keeping my performances and song choices current, while also considering my style and range. He has also been extremely useful in preparing and keeping me acclimated for the ever-dynamic world of professional theater. Philip Pelkington has been an outstanding voice coach and friend.

Andrew CekalaAndrew Cekala,
Theo, “Pippin” Broadway 2013
Theo, “Pippin” American Repertory Theater, Cambridge 2012

Philip Pelkington helped me with the song ‘Gabriel’ for my role in the HBO movie ‘Mary and Martha’. Thanks so much Philip Pelkington!

Beatrice MillerBea Miller,
Singer, “Mary and Martha,” HBO Movie 2013
Finalist, X Factor, Season 2, FOX 2012

Since I started taking lessons with Philip Pelkington, I’ve noticed huge improvements in my vocal range and ability. He teaches me proper technique and is genuinely concerned about protecting my voice. I really love working with Philip Pelkington, and I can never wait until my next lesson!

Ian SaraceniIan Saraceni,
Eric, “Matilda,” Broadway 2015-2016
King’s Children/Ensemble, “The King and I,” Broadway 2015

Philip Pelkington is technically brilliant and always goes the extra mile, but what really sets him apart is his deep and layered understanding of his students — with his golden nuggets of intuitive and pinpointed feedback he never fails to bring out the essence of both student and song.

Cole EdelsteinCole Edelstein,
Swing – “Matilda” Broadway 2015-2016

Noah loves working with Philip.  He has fun and looks forward to his lessons.  We can really count on Philip when Noah has an important audition coming up.  He has been instrumental in helping Noah get many callbacks.  Philip has gone out of his way to give Noah a lesson when Noah gets an important audition, whether it’s in person or via Skype, we really feel so lucky that we have Philip on our team.

Margie Hinsdale, Noah’s mom,
Michael, “Finding Neverland,” Broadway 2016

Philip is incredibly talented! He has helped me grow as a singer and has helped me gain confidence in the audition room and in performances. He absolutely knows the perfect songs for you to sing that are comfortable for you but still a little challenging. The best voice teacher I have ever had!

Bailey RyonBailey Ryon,
Matilda, “Matilda” Broadway 2013
Cindy Lou, National Tour “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”


We created the Showcase Project Series, to identify and produce new ways to showcase the considerable talents of our students.  Exploring a variety of mediums from live events to recorded shows, both Manhattan Showcase Project® and Hollywood Showcase Project™ give us the platform to share and engage the artist’s development in our studio. Our goal is to help develop their skills, expand their knowledge in the music business and provide them with valuable input from Industry experts to help them perfect their craft.

Recent projects have included performing on stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York, and Rockwell in Los Angeles. The next event for Manhattan Showcase Project® will be at a recording studio in NYC, where participants will record a professional music video cover in December 2017, to help benefit a charity organization.



Philip Pelkington Produces Charity Music Video for his Manhattan Showcase Project® Series Students Sing to Benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts by Direct Relief

December 18, 2017

New York, NY – Philip Pelkington, has produced a music video to benefit the charity, Direct Relief, as part of his Manhattan Showcase Project® series. The project, #MSP4DirectRelief features students from Pelkington’s New York and Los Angeles studios, many of whom have performed on Broadway stage, television and film. Any and all profits from the video fundraising project will be donated to Direct Relief ( which provides life-saving medical aid to areas impacted by disaster and poverty….

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