Celeste Simone

Celeste Simone(Voice Teacher/Performer/Director) has worked as a vocal teacher and coach with Sally Kellerman, Loni Ackermann, Elaine Joyce Simon, composer David Shire, Chita Rivera, and American Idols’ Kimberly Locke. She has worked alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Joel Schumacher as the NY vocal coach for Gerard Butler on the movie Phantom of the Opera. Celeste’s voice students have appeared on Broadway in The Lion King, Chicago, Gypsy, Nine, Wicked, Spamalot, Tarzan, The Color Purple, Hollywood Arms with Carol Burnet, The Grinch, The Carnegie Hall concert version of South Pacific (starring Reba MacIntyre, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alec Baldwin), West Side Story, Next to Normal, and Billy Elliot. Celeste teaches from her studio in NYC and holds a position on the Board of Directors of the Bel Canto Institute in residence in Florence, Italy. She is a former faculty member of the Coupe Theatre Studio (2000-2005) and Turtle Bay Music School (1988-2001). Celeste received her BM in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. Celeste has directed over 400 cabaret shows and has been nominated numerous times for Best Director by MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret). She directed the nationally seen An NBC Christmas starring Alan Rachins. Celeste has been High 5 Vocalworks artistic director for ten years. Her Onstage Cabaret Workshop is one of the most popular performing workshops in NYC. The New York Times article “Life is a Cabaret” says “Celeste is the one to go to when you want the best in Cabaret direction.” Celeste has performed around the world as a singer/comedienne. She has shared the stage with Rita Moreno, Wayland Flowers and Madame, Linda Hopkins, Marty Allen, Kaye Ballard, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Irwin, Alan Ruck, Barry Boswick, and American Idol Arranger and pianist Michael Orland. Her TV credits include the NBC series Fantasy with Leslie Uggams and Tom Wopat. She hosted MCTV’s Cabaret Beat, and has appeared in numerous TV commercials. Among her theatre credits are The Goodspeed Opera House, The Birmingham Theatre, The Paper Mill Playhouse, and the off-Broadway production of Rappicicini’s Daughter. Check out BAA’s merchandise table to get Celeste’s Tutorial Vocal Book and CD! celestedisimone.com