Celeste Makoff

Celeste M.

New York, NY

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Celeste delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 2008

Hello! I am an Off-Broadway musical director/composer and between shows I conduct private voice lessons to students of all levels and ages in NYC.
Many of my students are aspiring musical theatre actors or actresses, but many are simply passionate about singing.

What I specialize in:

- Creating personalized warm-up techniques that are healthy for each student to expand range (belt and head voice)
- Strengthening breath and core, locating vocal power
- Creating healthy vocal habits, identifying and breaking detrimental patterns
- Learning new music
- Finding music that fits within range, or music that is slightly challenging.
- Prepping for musical theatre auditions (elementary school through professional) - incl. behavior, preparation, song selection, etc.
- Vocal recording skills (with equipment - ask for more details)
- Creating a demo reel (video & audio - ask for more details)

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Composer/Director - Crashlight, Off-Broadway Musical
Oct 2015 - Present
Peach Pie Media LLC

"Crashlight" made its Off-Broadway Debut at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2016, with a sold out extended run.

Writing Coach/Script Doctor
Dec 2014 - Present

Private writing coach for aspiring playwrights, screenwriters, television writers ages high school and up. Freelance script editing/rewriting/ghostwriting

Private Voice Coach
May 2008 - Present

Private voice coach for students of all ages and genres.
Specializing in pop, musical theatre, jazz, classical, and basic technique

Masterclass Teacher - Producing Theater/Marketing
Jan 2017 - Jan 2017
The United Nations International School

Conducting an interactive masterclass on marketing/theater producing in Manhattan for 11th and 12th grade

Producer/Co-Director - Bottled Up
Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
Peach Pie Media LLC

"Bottled Up" debuted at the DCTV Center in TriBeCa, with a sold out run.

Director/Producer - Dissonance
May 2013 - Sep 2013
Peach Pie Media LLC

"Dissonance", a play with dance debuted in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex in 2013 with all sold-out performances.


Dramatic Writing
Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
Focus in Creative Writing, Classical Guitar
Aug 2008 - Jan 2009
Interlochen Arts Academy


Professional Proficiency


Nomination for Best Musical and Best Director - Crashlight
Jan 2017
BroadwayWorld Awards
Semi Finalist - Crashlight
Jan 2017
Eugene O'Neill National Music Theatre Conference

Photos & Videos

Star of "Crashlight" in the studio recording official Off-Broadway album

Opening night of Crashlight at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 2016


4 Reviews

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Ria M. Sep 24, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Amazingly patient teacher!!

Liz / Nelson K. Jun 2, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Lessons have been fantastic. Celeste has done a wonderful job in building confidence and Nelson is really enjoying the lessons and looks forward to them

Yessenia R. May 30, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Celeste is an amazing teacher. She's extremely knowledgeable in singing and in teaching singing as well. She makes me feel really comfortable (singing is not my strong suit) and knows exactly what to do to help me improv. Celeste listens to what it is I am hoping to achieve and pushes me to do so. Works at the pace you need!

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Kaitlyn Mar 16, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Celeste is an amazing voice instructor! She truly makes you feel comfortable the minute you meet her and she has so much knowledge about vocal technique and is very helpful in building your performance and audition materials!

She is also extremely patient with her students. She is very eager for her students to succeed and will take all the time in the world until you are comfortable and understand what she is trying to explain. She is also such a kind person and she is exactly the one you want coaching you! I cannot recommend her enough!!!! She is fantastic!

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