Testimonials

“When I speak about Celeste Simone, I tend to get emotional. Not only is she a fantastic, fun spirited, kind human being. She is a great teacher and mentor, I am always blown away at how much I am STILL learning from her.  I am a forever student! She is always listening; whether it be a consonant problem or a vowel issue or just plain ole voice placement. The most important case she pleads is this: SING WHAT YOU MEAN. What a Teacher. What a Mentor. What a Master.”

- Kristin Chenoweth

photo-marland“I have known Celeste since my early days in New York City, when she was an admired personality on the New York Circuit, and I was an aspiring theater performer. In the many years since then, we have remained friends, and only recently, did I convince her to take me on as a vocal student. Since then, Celeste has “sharpened” my vocal technique and has been working with me to correct some bad singing habits that have creeped into my technique over the years . Her expertise is extraordinary and her ability to convey the details of honing a technique are remarkable. I have watched Celeste work with younger students, and she is patient, calm, inspiring yet also demanding of them. For an “old timer” like myself, her attention to detail and inspiration is overwhelming, and I am so very grateful not only to be a great friend, but to proudly call Celeste my teacher.

- Stuart Marland
Broadway: Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Xanadu, Jekyll & Hyde
National Tours: The Producers, Ragtime, Tommy, A Chorus Line

photo-prince“Having taught along side of Celeste at the Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Bootcamp for a couple of years, I’ve gotten to experience her genius first hand! Her mastery of vocal pedagogy actually fuels the action and intentions of the artists song, so the piece is a reflection of both components to execute brilliant work!”

- Faith Prince
Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner

photo-locke“I always look forward to working with Celeste. I know she will help me obtain the best vocal performance possible. Her approach helps you to relax and maximize your vocal ability. SHE IS AN AWESOME TEACHER.”

- Kimberley Locke
Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter
American Idol

photo-berat“Celeste works with each student from the inside out, creating a personalized and thoughtful technique. The skills that she has provided are some of the most powerful and successful tools in my arsenal. I’m extraordinarily lucky to have worked with her.”

- Adam Chanler-Berat
Actor: Delivery Man
Broadway: Amelie, Next to Normal; Rent; Peter & the Starcatcher

photo-conn“Celeste is a wonderful, beautiful, clear and inspirational teacher. Thank you for the best lesson!”

- Didi Conn
Actress: “Frenchy” in Grease

photo-webber“She knows what she is talking about.”

- Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer of musical theatre & film

photo-orland“Celeste is one of the greatest vocal teachers in the country. Not only is she a great technician and a great coach – but she offers moral and emotional support to people that separates a good performer from a great performer. I’ve had the honor of not only playing for Celeste in her performing days, but also accompanying many singers that Celeste coaches, teaches, and directs. Now that I think of it, she’s a one-person band – she’s all ANY person needs. I wish she were two people so she could be on the west coast to do her magic out here with me, too!”

- Michael Orland
Arranger & Musical Director: American Idol
Musical Director: Hairspray Live; Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots; Kristin Chenoweth

photo-ianniello“Celeste possesses the rare ability of combining her technical and musical expertise with a warmth and comfort that makes any student eager to learn from her. Whether you are a theater professional preparing for an audition or performance, a young student just starting out or someone who simply has the desire to sing and perform, Celeste will get you where you need to be.”

- Dr. Peter Ianniello
Executive Director of Human Resources
NYC Department of Education

photo-belcanto“How lucky are those singers who have Celeste as a teacher, for she is selfless. This is her characteristic as a Board Member of Bel Canto Institute, a non-profit organization I founded and run and have the pleasure of working with her. Celeste is intelligent and dedicated. Lucky are those students who study with her.”

- Jane Bakken Klaviter
Prompter/Assistant Conductor: Metropolitan Opera
Artistic & Executive Director: Bel Canto Institute

photo-rivera“A vocal lifesaver.”

- Chita Rivera
Actress, Dancer, Singer
Broadway: Call Me Madam; Guys & Dolls;
Can-Can; West Side Story

photo-kellerman“GREAT STUFF … what a wonderful teacher!”

- Sally Kellerman
Actress/Singer: Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, MASH

photo-jorde“Celeste has given me a very important new understanding of my voice and my potential as a performing artist. Her great experience, her knowledge and her very kind, appreciative, humorous and warm professional approach has inspired me profoundly. Singing with Celeste is a treat and of great value to my professional work.”

- Peter Jorde
Danish: Phantom of the Opera

photo-krikun“Her dedication to her craft and her ability to connect with our students and encourage them in their creative endeavors was very inspiring. We received much positive feedback from the students and faculty regarding her presentation. It was a pleasure to have her as part of our musical community and we look forward to her return appearance.”

- Professor Andy Krikun
Music & Music Business: Bergen Community College

photo-saperstein“I have known Celeste for many years, first as an actress/singer who we have managed and then as a businesswoman, and currently as a voice teacher. As an actress/singer, her talent is surpassed only by the integrity, enthusiasm and commitment she displays when involved with a project.

She takes being a voice teacher very seriously. She wants her students not only to succeed as singers, but to understand the dynamic of the voice as it relates to the whole body. She insists on teaching how to sing correctly so that the instrument is protected and enhanced. Once the student is able to comprehend and incorporate her method, they have a great deal of fun working on the performance aspect.

Celeste is a wonderful voice coach. I have been personal manager to many name talent and I have no hesitation recommending my clients to her.”

- Terry Saperstein
NYC Talent Manager for 35 years: Nani/Saperstein Management

photo-ross“Celeste is more than a teacher – she is a mentor whose dedication and talent is matched only by her genuine interest in the careers and welfare of her students. There are a few working professionals as exceptionally capable and knowledgeable as Celeste.”

- Matt Ross
Public Relations firm: Boneau/Bryan-Brown
Broadway: Tarzan; Mary Poppins; The History Boys;
Beauty & The Beast; Curtains

photo-shire“Celeste is not just a vibrant performer and teacher – she’s a force of nature!”

- David Shire
Academy Award Winning Composer
Broadway: Big; Closer Than Ever; Baby;
Starting Here, Starting Now

photo-lehrman“Broadway Artists Alliance is proud to have Celeste on our faculty. She has the ability to communicate her vast knowledge with clarity, warmth and a great sense of humor. Her HEALTHY BELT workshop is one of our most popular classes here at BAA. Celeste genuinely cares about each student she works with, making her one of our top instructors since she has been with us.”

- Michelle Lehrman
Admissions Director: Broadway Artists Alliance

photo-argyros“Celeste’s talent and strength as a performer is what she carries into her teaching. She is able to capture the hearts and attention of her listeners completely. She can sell a song with her artistry and powerful voice, and make you laugh with her great comedic stories. She has an energy and a presence, both on stage and in the classroom, that is captivating and endearing.”

- Maria Argyros
Queens College, McClosky Institute of Voice,
Turtle Bay Music School, Hunter College

photo-cummings“Celeste is one of the most inspired and goal oriented vocal coaches in the field. Through her own method, she has been successful in transforming amateurs into professionals as well as correcting the problems that professionals develop due to demanding work schedules. Her passion for music, the voice, and her students is evident. Her calendar is always full. She’s the real deal.”

- Ken Cummings
Grammy Award Winning Songwriter & Producer

photo-ballas“Celeste is awesome to work with. She really got me through a tough show I played in NYC. I’m forever grateful!”

- Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars

photo-ludrof“Celeste has, in such a short time, COMPLETELY changed how I use my voice. I’ve had surgery and been to multiple therapists and it’s not until I started with Celeste that I finally feel capable to take on any vocally challenging material 8 times a week. I never understood what it meant to have something just click until my first lesson with her. Forever grateful!”

- Abigail Ludrof
Ghostlight, Rockabye Hamlet, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell

photo-goldenberg“If you want to sing 8 shows a week, Celeste is the voice teacher for you!  Not many left like her who understand the different styles of singing as well as the physiology of the voice. Most importantly, Celeste cares – She is genuine and not in it for the ego. She has been instrumental in my daughter’s vast improvement in a very short time. Celeste possesses an incredible EAR and is able to teach her students so they understand and “get it”. Last but not least, my daughter has found the joy and fun in the process and she looks forward to her lessons with Celeste!”

- Ruzena Goldenberg
Manhattan School of Music Graduate Vocal BFA
Mother of daughter pursuing Musical Theatre