Julia Kershetsky wearing a white sleeveless shirt and standing in front of a gray backdrop

Julia Kershetsky is an actress, a singer and a professor. In addition to a continuous acting career in theater, she runs Starling Voice Studio, music directs regional theater and teaches with CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21) in New York City.


Julia Kershetsky (she/her) is a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, who now teaches and resides in both Philadelphia and New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from Penn State University, a Master of Musical Theatre Performance from New York University and a post-graduate Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, also from NYU. In addition, she has taken doctoral courses in Vocology with the NYU Voice Clinic. 

Always a student, Kershetsky continues to do her own research, while staying current as a member of many professional organizations, including the Pan-American Vocology Association, The Voice Foundation, New York Singing Teachers Association, Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She was a member of the NYC NATS Mentorship Program, Class of 2018.

Kershetsky has been privately teaching voice lessons since 2011. She has also taught at New York University as an adjunct professor of voice and has been a private voice instructor at Molloy University, Rockville Center, New York, with the well-known CAP21 program in New York City and began teaching at University of the Arts in the Pre-College program. Outside her work in higher education and her private voice studio, Kershetsky is a judge for the Classical Singer Music Vocal Competition.

Alongside her busy teaching schedule, she dedicates time to further her own career as an  actress and a music director, which allows her to provide currently and timely advice to students on the business of singing in addition to technique. Her favorite onstage roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Diana in Lend Me a Tenor, Little Edie in Grey Gardens and herself in many cabarets. Kershetsky has served as music director for productions at both Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and The Candlelight Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware.

She credits her career to an early love of music influenced by her upbringing (her father, as a choral director and a teacher, and her mother, as a dancer, an actor and a teacher).


  • Master of Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theatre and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University

  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance for Classical Voice from Pennsylvania State University

  • Mentorships: NATS NYC Mentorship, Class of 2018, NATS Annual Symposium mentee (2020)

  • Workshops

    • Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition)

    • Rachel Hoffmann (Telsey and Co.)

    • Bob Cline (Bob Cline Casting)

    • Masterclass with Bethany Knox (Telsey Casting)

    • Masterclass with Merri Sugarman (Tara Rubin Casting)

    • Masterclass with Amber Snead (Binder Casting)

    • Donald Gray Miller’s Singing Voice Science Workshop Anti-Racism Training: Nicole Brewer (Conscientious Theatre Training)

    • The Annual Voice Symposium (2011–present)

  • Affiliations & Memberships

    • National Association of the Teachers of Singing

    • The Voice Foundation

    • Pan-American Vocology Association

    • New York Singing Teachers Association

    • Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance

Visit Julia Kershetsky’s website. 

Visit her Starling Voice Studio website.