About Us

Creative Pursuits Studio is an educational and artistic space for students of all genres, skill levels and abilities.  It is a place for each individual to expand their horizons and reach their full artistic potential. Students will grow quickly while being exposed to workshops, classes and private lessons all centered on the student's individual needs.

Voice Teachers

Jessica Dey Voice Teacher/Founder

www.jessicadeystudio.com

Private Rates: 30 min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Jessica holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Pennsylvania State University with a focus on contemporary and musical theatre vocal technique. She has been a professional performer on stage, screen and in the recording studio. After living, performing, and working in New York City for over a decade Jessica moved to Lancaster, Pa and has been teaching locally since 2012. She has become the vocal go to for audition and college preperation.  She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique in order to give singers the stamina to not only sing correctly, but sing a wide variety of material keeping up with the latest theatrical trends. In addition to teaching at her private studio,  Jessica also performs regularly at the Fulton Opera house and is a teaching artist for classes, camps and outreach programs for their Education department.  Jessica is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA) and The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

 

Sarah Cope Voice Teacher/Founder

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Vocal Studio of Sarah Cope - Policy Statement

Sarah Cope studied privately for 5 years under the instruction of Dale Moore - Senior Professor of Voice at Eastman School of Music. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada during her solo career singing gospel & contemporaryy Christian music and has recorded several solo projects over the years.  She is known for not only for the strength and power in her voice, but also her ability to "feel" a song and communicate it to her listeners.  Sarah currently tours with Servant Stage Company and performs locally in her spare time. 

Sarah will help mold and strengthen your voice through a series of time tested methods that are sure to make a difference after only a few sessions! You will find yourself singing with more strength, power and accuracy all the while having fun. Sarah is not an "ho-hum" laid back teacher. She will keep you on your toes and give you a workout (with a smile) each week. She will push you to your limits in order to make you the best singer you can be! 

Phillip Freeman Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $40, 60 Min - $80

Phillip Freeman brings over 15000+ hours of experience as a vocal instructor and performer to his students and group seminars, in genres ranging from opera all the way to metal.
Graduating from Northeastern High School in 2007, Phillip continued to pursue music and communications at Lebanon Valley College. Freeman's audition for the Music Program at Lebanon Valley College earned him the Carmean Talent Award which is a scholarship that is only awarded to six of the approximately 300 individuals who audition for LVC's Music Program. While attending LVC, Freeman studied four consecutive years of voice under Dr. Mark Mecham and Dr. Rebecca Lister and graduated with degrees in Music Business and Digital Communications in 2011.

Since then, Phillip has continued to maintain an intense schedule. He regularly tours the United States with his band Small Town Titans, and continues instructing students on a national scale through online lessons and in-person training. Phillip is also the leader of the folk rockband The Lone Wolf Project, co-producer and on call session vocalist for Seventh Wave Studio, Full Tilt Recording, and Hybrid Studios, and is a co-writer with multi-platinum recording artist John Moyer, bassist for Disturbed.

Reji Woods Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 60 Min - $50

Reji Woods is a versatile performer, director, and arts educator, with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre. A Florida native, who now calls Lancaster home, he has performed throughout the United States as well as in Paris, Amsterdam, and India! Reji is a 7-year veteran of Sight & Sound Theatres (Psalms of David, Voices of Christmas, Joseph, Miracle of Christmas, Jonah, Noah, and Moses), and a 5-year veteran of PRiMA Theatre (Retro Remix, Glee Live!, 80’s Relived, West Side Story, Chess, Oz: In Concert, A PRiMA Christmas, and multiple PRiMA Cabarets).  Reji is the co-founder/owner Bending Threads Cabaret Company based in New York, NY, and his New York credits include The Wiz, Black Nativity, Romeo & Juliet, and Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe.  He has also enjoyed an extensive national tour and regional theatre career with his favorite credits including Big River, Smokey Joe's Café, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Seussical: The Musical, Jamaica, Guys & Dolls, Is There Life After High School?, and Little Shop of Horrors. Reji looks forward to utilizing his teaching, coaching, and choreographic skills to nurture artists of all ages while teaching at Creative Pursuits Studios.

Sarah Zahn Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Sarah teaches musical theater and classical singing styles, and puts a strong focus on understanding how the voice works as well as music reading and interpretation. She loves to see students blossom in their vocal technique, musicality, and confidence on and off stage. Sarah holds a BA in vocal performance and theater from the University of Iowa. She is an active member of Lancaster’s music and theater community and loves to collaborate with fellow artists and creatives. She is proud to be a founding member of Lancaster’s own Reverie Actors Company and regularly curates and performs in concerts celebrating soprano music. She is grateful to be teaching at Creative Pursuits Studio! Sarah is a proud member of both the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Rebekah Hill Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Rebekah Hill recently graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Since moving to Lancaster in 2015, she has performed with various companies including Fulton Theatre, Reverie Actors Company, Opera Lancaster, Servant Stage Company, and Ephrata Performing Arts Center among others. She has also collaborated with several new companies in Pennsylvania including The Durang Dance Collective, Penn Square Music Festival, and York Opera Collaborative. Rebekah has been a winner of various vocal competitions including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Opera Lancaster Young Artist Competition. She recently had the opportunity to study under Maestra Ana Luisa Chova in Madrid, Spain at the Opera Studio. Rebekah is passionate about building confidence through singing and aims to help her students grow as vocalists, musicians, and performers. While specializing in musical theatre and classical repertoire, Rebekah believes in building a strong technical foundation through a variety of fun and challenging music!

Jeannette Wehye Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

At 20 years of age, Jeannette Wehye began a musical career traveling the United States and Canada as a soloist and inspirational/Gospel recording artist. She is a versatile performer with a passion for touching lives through song and has recently made her Broadway debut with the New York Contemporary Choir in “Rocktopia on Broadway”. With two decades of experience as a singer, speaker, and youth mentor, Jeannette will help strengthen your vocal, performing, and etiquette skills while building confidence on your musical journey!

Kevin Faraci Voice & Beginner Guitar Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Kevin Faraci is best known as a singer for the world famous Cirque Du Soleil. He originated a lead singing character for their show “ZED” in Tokyo, is featured on both the “ZED” and “Cirque Du Soleil 25th Anniversary” albums, and sang for Cirque special events in Andorra and Dubai as well.

   Kevin is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Birmingham-Southern College. Shortly after his education, he spent several years in NYC where he booked two First National Tours (The Wedding Singer, A Stoop On Orchard Street) and regional productions including Forever Plaid, and originating the role of Lucifer in The Miracle. Kevin sang and played guitar in popular bars in Manhattan’s Theatre District in between contracts. He also traveled the globe as a featured singer on some of the worlds largest cruise ships.

   Finally in 2015 he and his wife Melissa settled here in Lancaster where you may have seen him in multiple productions at the Fulton Theatre and most recently at American Music Theatre.

Kevin exhibits a smooth and versatile tone in his singing with a lot of control. He believes in leaning in to one’s natural talents and using those qualities to amplify other areas of the voice. With a combination of a world of experiences and knowledge of the voice and performing industry, he is very glad to have the opportunity to pass it all along. Available for voice and beginner guitar. 

Rhiannon Appelgrijn Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Rhiannon, a native Long Islander, recently moved to Lancaster after living in the Tampa Bay area for over

twenty years, where she was actively involved in the Arts in her community. She is a versatile singer and

actor with several years of experience teaching, coaching, directing, writing, and performing. She loves

many genres of music and enjoys the challenge of adapting her voice to fit the style of song she is singing

or the role she is playing.

In her early career, she was the lead singer and a lyricist/composer for a Christian rock band that she co-

founded with her husband, Coenraad. Their band was invited to perform at The Rock and Roll Hall of

Fame for MTV’s Summer Concert Series, and they also performed at an event held for President George

W. Bush. Rhiannon had the honor of singing the National Anthem a cappella right before President Bush

took the stage.

Rhiannon’s coaching philosophy stems from her personal experience. She had key people in her life who

believed in her and challenged her to grow and succeed as a performer. She wants to support you in the

same way! With competent instruction and confidence-building encouragement, Rhiannon would love to

help you unleash your voice’s greatest potential.

Kiana Corley Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $25, 45 Min - $40, 60 Min - $50

Kiana Corley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry Studies from Millersville University, where she received a performance-based scholarship and studied under Dr. José Holland-Garcia (who studied under esteemed opera singer Shirley Verrett). Some of her favorite moments during college included opening up for Young the Giant during Millersville’s “Festiville,” and singing for the University President. Since the age of 16, she has performed live in various venues in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City, both as a solo artist and as a part of her band, No Bad Days. Examples of these venues include the Chameleon Club and the Ware Center in Lancaster, and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. She specializes in soul, jazz, singer-songwriter, and musical theatre styles. Following her graduation, she released several singles, two of which were done in conjunction with Nashville-based producer Shannon McArthur. Kiana is extremely grateful to be teaching at Creative Pursuits, and is excited to help you achieve success in building a strong, healthy, technical foundation that will support whatever style you wish to pursue!

Mary Kate Hughes Voice Teacher

Private Rates: 30 Min - $30, 45 Min - $45, 60 Min - $60

Mary Kate, commonly referred to as MK, hails from Nashville, TN where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at the esteemed Belmont University. While a student in Music City, she made her debut television appearance in the nationally broadcast PBS special “Christmas At Belmont,” and ever since she has been performing nationally and internationally as a Pop/Jazz frontwoman and a prominently featured Musical Theatre actress. Her most celebrated work is her one-woman show, Natural Woman: A Tribute to Carole King, in which - at the age of 23 - she developed, produced, and headlined a self-accompanied concert.

 In 2018, Mary Kate signed with the American Music Theater as a featured vocalist for their summer and Christmas productions. Since doing so, she has focused her energy on studio recording projects and teaching. As Mary Kate’s student, you will be training like the vocal athlete you are! Using exercises and methods developed by the world’s leading vocalogists and proven invaluable by the rigorous schedule of Broadway performers, Mary Kate will help you establish the strongest possible connection between your mind, body, and natural voice.

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