Theater Faculty

Sarah Kitts

Voice/Theater

Sarah Kitts is a soprano, voice teacher, and conductor based in Washington DC. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Georgia College & State University and her Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she learned evidence-based vocal technique. An active concert soloist, Sarah has sung in choral ensembles in works such as Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor,” as Violetta in excerpts from Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Frank Ticheli’s “Constellations” under his baton, as well as premiering multiple soprano concert solos in Budapest and Vienna.

Since she began her singing experience in musical theater, Sarah has extended her conducting skills to directing musicals. She has been the vocal director for the Milledgeville Players’ production of “How to Succeed in Business,” as well as directing many scenes in Georgia College’s Musical Theater Scenes class throughout her undergraduate experience.

Sarah’s true passion lies in helping students find their authentic voice with a healthy technical foundation. She teaches functional training of the voice in multiple styles, including classical, musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, and more.

Jennifer Murphy

Theater

Jennifer Murphy is singer, make-up artist, and theater teacher who grew up in the DC Metro Area. She started performing at a young age in mainstage productions as well as a nationally ranked competitive show choir. She has been a member of the International Thespian Society since 2002, and was given the title of Honor Thespian after logging 250 hours in productions in high school alone. She has been trained in costume construction, stage design, stage management, directing, theater make-up artistry, and stage production. In college, she had the amazing opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall as the lead alto in her chorale performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C, as well as several featured roles in the school’s theater program.

After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s University with her Bachelor’s Degree, she continued her professional make-up training by working with several luxury brands such as Chanel, Trish McEvoy, and Dior, and competed in local karaoke competitions in her spare time. This afforded her the opportunity to perform as a backup singer with several professional artists, such as the Backstreet Boys and Hugh Jackman. She has performed for several dignitaries, most notably former President Barak Obama.

Shelley Siller

Theater Choreography

Shelley Siller has taught, choreographed, and danced in the DC metro area for 12 years. She holds her Advanced Professional Cecchetti Ballet student certification, along with Grade III teachers certification. Shelley’s choreography has received high praise at prestigious student competitions such as Dance Masters of America and Starpower, and her work with professional dance companies MOVEiUS Contemporary Ballet and fusiondance received glowing reviews in the Washington Post and popular theater blogs online. In 2017, Shelley’s solo choreography was first presented internationally in Scotland and Guatemala. Shelley has performed at many notable Washington venues including the Filene Center at Wolftrap, the Howard Theater, and most recently at the Kennedy Center as a guest artist with Company E.

Sonia Yon

Voice, Theater (BM, MM)

Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy.

She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano.  She appreciates her mother for supporting her early start in music. When she was in Italy, she won many international competitions. She received 1st prize at the Flaviano Labo international competition, and 3rd prize at the Mario Basiola international competition;  she also won prizes at Imperia, Katia Ricciarelli, Vinas, Viotti, Angelica Catalani international competitions in Italy.

Ms. Sonia H. Yon has performed in main role in many operas, such as Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, La forza del Destino, Tosca, Don Carlo, Requiem, Sour Angelica, Manon Lescaut, Anna Bolena, and Il Corsaro in Italy and South Korea. She also performed in the opera Magic Flute in Vienna, Austria. She performed over 500 concerts in New York, Fairfax and many cities in Europe and South Korea.

Ms. Yon has 18 years of teaching experiences. She was an adjunct professor in South Korea for seven years. She taught Voice, Piano, Italian diction, and Opera Theater. She has been a church choir conductor for over 15 years, which has given her excellent understanding of the dynamics of group singing.

Ms. Sonia H. Yon has been giving lessons in the traditional Bel Canto technique to professional singers, as well as high school students who are going on to major in vocal music. She is able to teach Italian songs, German songs, French songs, and any kind of Opera scores and Broadway songs. Moreover, she is enjoying teaching Musical Theatre based on her profound opera experiences. Ms. Yon absolutely loves children, and delights in seeing their musical growth and progress.