Voice and Piano
B.M., Vocal Performance, University of the Arts
M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Delaware
From an intensely musical family in New York, Celeste studied piano and oboe and started singing at the age of 16. Trained primarily as a classical vocalist, she also studied jazz, pop, choral and musical theater styles. She is also very interested in new music and has had many rewarding collaborations with living composers through the New Music Ensemble of the University of the Arts, Music Group of Philadelphia, New Music Delaware and Opera Project of New Jersey.
She holds a Masters of Music degree from The University of Delaware where she was also a teaching assistant for the music theory department, a Bachelors of Music from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University. She also attended summer programs at AIMS in Graz and at Salzburg College in Austria.
Celeste has taught all ages in various studios and private schools including The Solebury School, Morning Star Music, Siciliano Music, Beams Music and Musical Academy of Long Island, NY. She has collaborated in mom and me programs for babies and toddlers and kids music classes with her own mother, pianist and founder of Siciliano Music, Valerie Siciliano. She also directed and produced children’s theatrical productions for Morning Star Players in collaboration with private donors and area schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
She is an awards recipient of The Liederkranz Foundation, The Wagner Society of New York, The Barry Alexander International Competition, The Metropolitan International Music Festival Competition among others, and has been featured several times at Carnegie Hall and in Bruno Walter Hall at Lincoln Center. She has appeared with musical organizations throughout the world including, Landestheater Coburg, Staatstheater Kassel in Germany, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, One World Symphony of New York, Mahler Philharmoniker in Vienna, Opera Lancaster, Liederkranz Foundation, Wagner Society of New South Wales in Australia, Johanna Meier Opera Theater and The Opera Project New Jersey.
Celeste loves working with all ages and levels. Her experience as a performer has greatly informed her teaching style and philosophy. Celeste believes in giving students the tools they need to succeed and to be independent. She encourages her vocal students to find their own unique voice, style and stage personality. In addition to building a solid and healthy vocal technique, students are encouraged to explore different musical styles, ear-training and other musicianship skills. For her piano students, she will select an appropriate piano method and use supplementary materials that support the interests and abilities of the student. For the young, fun and fluency in music is fostered in a nurturing atmosphere using appropriate materials designed to encourage and inspire. It is her belief that that music is for everyone and there is something to be learned at every age and level. Celeste advocates for family participation when it comes to musical study and encourages parents and siblings to work together on musical projects!