After graduating from Penn State University in 2011, Julia Kershetsky returned to the Philadelphia area and began sharing what she had learned while earning a degree in Classical Voice with the community -as an actress and a teacher.
Six years later, her journey had led to teaching students of all ages and backgrounds privately and at the collegiate level. In the summer of 2017, Julia expanded her private lessons into Starling Voice Studios - offering private singing instruction, group lessons, and career consultation in Philadelphia and New York City. Starling Voice Studio draws on Julia's connections to great singing and musical theatre teachers from across the country, as well as knowledge of the business of theater, to offer more comprehensive training for students at all levels: whether they are first-time singers, serious amateurs, or professionals.
Studio Teaching Philosophy
At Starling Voice Studio, we believe that everyone can sing. We create a supportive and nurturing environment for our students, whether they are trained professionals or first-time singers. Our instructors embrace an approach to teaching voice which develops a unique program of study for each student based on their goals and our assessment of their individual needs. When our instructors and students have breakthroughs, we create a mutual language to label these discoveries based on how the student describes their progress, and then incorporate the language they use to describe their voice in our teaching.
In lessons, students are encouraged to fail as part of the learning process. Singing is a unique experience for every vocalist; and the exercises, techniques and tools which work for one singer may not work for another. Every instructor at Starling has extensive training and experience working with students from a wide array of backgrounds, which provides us with many different approaches for teaching vocal technique. If our initial communication with you about a technique or approach in a lesson does not make sense or is difficult to put into practice, we are ready with other approaches and can offer different exercises until we find something that works for you.
Finally, all of our instructors are working professional artists as well, able to draw from real-life experiences on stages and in the classroom as they teach. All of us are also ready help students who are serious about careers with advice on the details of show business that go beyond singing well.
Students can be seen performing with The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theatre Company, Ritz Theatre Company, Broadway Theatre Of Pitman, Theatre With A View, Larry McKenna’s New Voices Cabaret, Players Club of Swarthmore. Steel River Playhouse,Town and Country Players and were accepted into such programs as University of the Arts, New York University, NYU Tisch New Studio, NYU Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing, Columbia University, Drexel University, and Georgia University.
Meet the Instructors
Professional vocal instructors based in New York City and Philadelphia.
Julia Kershetsky is a native of Berks County who now resides in Philadelphia and New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from Penn State University, a Master of Musical Theatre Performance from New York University, and a post-graduate Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy (also from NYU). In addition, Julia has taken part in doctoral study in Vocology at the NYU Voice Clinic. Always a student, Julia continues to do her own research, while staying current as a member of multiple professional organizations, including: the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), The Voice Foundation, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Recently, she was selected and is completing the NYC NATS Mentorship Program, Class of 2018.
Julia has been teaching voice lessons privately since 2011. She has also taught at New York University as an Adjunct Professor of Voice, University of the Arts, Walnut Street Theatre, and through the Wolf Performing Arts Center. She credits her career to an early love of music influenced by her upbringing (her father is choral director and teacher, and her mother is a dancer, actor, and teacher).
New York Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiss Me Kate, The Secret Garden. Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mechanical Theater), Ragtime (Ritz Theatre Co.), A Fable For The Living (Little Berlin) Stage Door (Newtown Arts), A Collection Of Classics (Walnut Street), Broadway Beauties (Hedgerow), Psycho Beach Party (Adrienne), Full House: A Series Of Cabarets (Society Hill), All Aboard… and Then Some! (B’way Theatre of Pitman), The Sound Of Music (B’way Theatre Of Pitman), A Night At The Opera (B’way Theatre Of Pitman), Fiddler on the Roof (Shannondell). juliakershetsky.com