Welcome to the Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory
The Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory provides a comprehensive music education to singers in the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs, as well as the general public, through voice, piano, and music theory lessons. Our instructors additionally serve as technical coaches for the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale and the Philadelphia Girls Choir, assisting individuals and groups to reach their full potential during their time in our ensembles.
Currently, voice and piano lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60-minute intervals, with pricing structure as follows:
$35 for 30 minutes
$52.50 for 45 minutes
$70 for 60 minutes
Lessons can easily be scheduled through our new choir management system, Teach ‘n Go by following the link below.
Payment is due at time of service. Lessons will not be held for students who have unpaid balances for private lessons. Staff has the right to discontinue lessons at any point.
Refunds: If an instructor must cancel your lesson due to emergency, you will not be charged for the lesson. Lessons cancelled by students are refundable if cancelled three days in advance of each lesson. Lesson payment is due in full if student is a no-show or cancels for non-emergency reasons less than 3 days in advance of each lesson.
Learn more about our voice and piano instructors before you sign up for a lesson!
Carleen Baron, Voice
Soprano Carleen Baron is a recent graduate of Temple University, where she received her M.M. in Vocal Performance. During her time at Temple, Carleen performed the roles of “Gretel” in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, “Zina” in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, and “Susanna” in W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Recently Carleen has competed in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont competition, received first prize in the Medici International Music Competition for voice, and made it to the semi-final round in the James Toland Vocal Arts competition. Carleen received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2021, where she debuted her “Donna Anna” in W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni during the inaugural season of the Pablo Center. There, she also sang “Lucy” in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera and performed as “Cunegonde” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in a concert performance with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra. With a passion for teaching in addition to the passion she brings to her performing, Carleen is also committed to providing students with healthy and motivated vocal technique and performance skills. Carleen studies under Dr. Kathryn Leemhuis and has most recently worked with tenor, Bryan Hymel at CoOPERAtive summer intensive in Princeton, New Jersey.
Julia Bokunewicz, Voice
Regarded for their versatility as an artist, Julia Bokunewicz (she/they/he) is in high demand for their work as a performer and educator in the greater Philadelphia region. Julia has experience within the School District of Philadelphia teaching general music, choir, and theatre to students in Kindergarten through eighth grades, as well as being an accomplished private instructor for all voice types. As a performer, they are currently a core member of two of Philadelphia’s premiere ensembles, The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and Vox Ama Deus, and have sung with the Princeton Singers and the Philadelphia Symphonic Chorus. Julia is involved with performance at various religious institutions, contemporary festivals and companies, and opera companies in the Philadelphia region.
Negar Ghasemi, Piano
Negar Ghasemi, Philadelphia-based with Iranian roots, has cultivated a rich and diverse musical journey. Born and raised in Iran, she embarked on her musical education at four years old.
Upon relocating to the United States, Negar pursued music as a major and learned clarinet at FLC School in Philadelphia.
Negar’s diverse musical education has been enriched by teachers such as Kayoko Segawa, Emiko Edwards, Meng Hao, and Sean Bailey. She also participated in the Philadelphia All-City program, where she had the opportunity to perform alongside musicians such as Don Liuzzi under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
She furthered her musical pursuits by entering Boyer College in 2019, under the instruction of Sara Davis Buechner as her primary piano professor. Her focus turned towards enhancing her piano performance skills and delving into piano pedagogy.
Negar’s approaches teaching with an experimental mindset, exploring the intricate connection between psychology and physiological responses in shaping a student’s learning experience. This perspective enables her to tailor her teaching methods creatively and personalize lesson plans to suit individual students.
Evan Graver, Voice, Beginner & Jazz Piano
Evan Graver is vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator based in the Philadelphia area. In pursuit of his collegiate degree, Evan moved from his hometown of Lancaster Pennsylvania to Philadelphia to attend The University of the Arts in 2013, completing his Undergraduate Degree in Vocal performance, and his Masters Degree in Music Education. Evan currently works as a music professor at The Community College of Philadelphia, and is head of the Vocal Department at Camden County College. He also maintains his own private studio with vocal and piano students of all ages, and is a working performer for various choirs and instrumental ensembles. He has extensive choral experience as a member of The Voices of the Philly Pops, The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, and the choir of The First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Evan has performed with major stars of the music world such as Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin, Deana Martin, Ben Folds, and Kathleen Battle. He has also performed internationally in venues such as Venice, Germany, Scotland, and most recently St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Evan is committed to the success of his students, and is greatly appreciative of the support from his family and friends that has allowed him to pursue his childhood dream.
Brady Ketelsen, Voice
Brady Ketelsen is thrilled to support the singers of the Philadelphia Girls’ Choir this season. He studied music education at the University of South Dakota before becoming a choir director at Rapid City Central High School where he taught 7 choral ensembles, prepared students for solo competitions, produced an annual student cabaret, and served as Music Director for school and community musicals. Following his six years at central, he moved to Philadelphia and earned his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Temple University. He is a supportive teacher who has worked with students at all levels of musical skill and teaches a wide range of musical topics and genres to produce well-rounded and flexible singers.
Emma Krewson, Voice
Emma Krewson is currently in her final year of earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Temple University. She has been studying vocal music for over a decade and sung in a total of thirteen ensembles in her lifetime. She is an alumna of the Philadelphia Girls Choir, and has been a featured soloist in multiple pieces including the Philly Girl’s Choirs’ 2019 rendition of Hogan’s “My Soul’s Been Anchored.”
Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs
1336 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
P.O. Box 58298
Philadelphia, PA 19102