About New York Vocal Coaching

New York Vocal Coaching was established in 2005 by leading vocal technician Justin Stoney. We firmly believe that everyone can — and was meant to — sing and make music. Our renowned vocal coaches and staff members execute our vision every day.

We teach students of all ages from all walks of life local to New York City out of our Midtown Manhattan studio, as well as through online/Skype sessions.

Click on a staff member to learn more.

Justin Stoney

Justin Stoney

Founder and President

An internationally-recognized voice teacher and vocal coach, voted one of New York City’s "Best Voice Teachers and Vocal Coaches" by Backstage readers.

Zac Bradford

Zac Bradford

Director of NYVC Australia

Zac’s clients have reached the Top #10 on the US Billboard Charts, have been featured in Hollywood Films, Television Shows & Commercials and have worked as backing singers and band members for Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

Andy King

Andy King

Associate Director

Andy King is Associate Director and a Senior Voice Teacher at New York Vocal Coaching. He specializes in voice technique for Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock/R&B, and Classical. His clients have been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on National Tours, and Regional Theaters.

Andrea Grody

Andrea Grody

Associate Director, Musical Theatre Career Consultant, Resident Music Director

Andrea is a Broadway music director, arranger, composer, and voice teacher with a focus on developing new work. Andrea is currently on hiatus to music direct the new Broadway musical Suffs. Email assistant@newyorkvocalcoaching.com for inquiries about future lessons.

Abby Payne

Abby Payne

Senior Voice Teacher Associate

Abby Payne has been teaching and performing in New York City and beyond for nearly 20 years. She holds a bachelor of music from SUNY Purchase (Jazz Studies) and has completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training and Certification program.

Kacey Velazquez

Kacey Velazquez

Senior Voice Teacher Associate, Songwriting Instructor

Kacey Velazquez is a seasoned vocal coach, songwriter, and recording artist from New York City. Kacey works with singers of all ages and levels, and specializes in Contemporary styles of music including pop, rock, indie, country, R&B, and soul.

Kristy Bissell

Kristy Bissell

Senior Voice Teacher Associate

Kristy specializes in teaching Contemporary Commercial Music styles such as Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, and R&B. She holds a Master's of Music in Vocal Pedagogy with a focus on Contemporary Commercial Music, among other degrees.

Tim Rosser

Tim Rosser

Senior Voice Teacher Associate

An NYVC Voice Teacher Associate, Tim Rosser specializes in Pop, Contemporary Musical Theatre, and Classic Musical Theatre styles.

Bryan Chan

Bryan Chan

Voice Teacher Associate

Bryan Chan is a voice teacher for all and a trilingual cross-genre performer who strives to provide support for singers wanting to sing any genre of their liking. He is experienced in performing and teaching musical theatre, classical, and pop/r&b/soul singing.

Joe Veale

Joe Veale

Voice Teacher Associate, Creative Director of New York Acting Coaching, Senior Acting Coach

Joe is a NYC based actor, coach, creative, and 4 time Ironman Endurance Athlete. He is Creative Director and Senior Acting Coach for New York Acting Coaching.

Laura Castrillón

Laura Castrillón

Voice Teacher Associate

Laura Castrillón, voice teacher, life coach and musical actress. Laura Castrillón, profesora de canto, life coach y actriz musical.

Arbender Robinson

Arbender Robinson

Musical Theatre Acting Coach

Arbender Robinson is currently the Musical Theatre Coaching Associate at New York Vocal Coaching, and Co-Director of New York Acting Coaching. No stranger to the stage, Mr. Robinson has appeared in ten (10) Broadway musicals.

Nicolás Hormazábal

Nicolás Hormazábal

Rock Distortion Specialist

Nicolás Hormazábal is a teacher of Vocal Distortions and Extreme Vocals with an emphasis on Rock and Metal styles. A pioneer in teaching vocal distortions in Chile, he has trained many singers of the South American metal scene.

Brendan Houdek

Brendan Houdek

MA CCC-SLP, Senior Instructor and Head of Corporate Training

Brendan specializes in corporate training with an emphasis on fundraising, pitch decks, sales calls, presentation delivery, and negotiation & persuasion tactics. His clients come from Google, Disney, Forbes, and Amazon, among others.

Courtney Armstrong

Courtney Armstrong

Associate Instructor

Courtney Armstrong (MS, CCC-SLP) is a speech-language pathologist with extensive experience in accent modification training and public speaking. Her technical degree and research background combine with her love of interpersonal connection to provide holistic client-centered therapy.

Daniel Reece

Daniel Reece

Associate Instructor

Daniel Reece is a speech instructor with over ten years of experience in education. With a background in performance, Daniel fosters authenticity in his approach to voice and speech. He works with clients to explore their instrument with curiosity and guides them toward a visceral, full-body consciousness of their range and power.

Joti Patel

Joti Patel

Associate Instructor

Joti Patel is an Executive Coach with a multifaceted career in business and the arts with communication as the common thread. Her unique skill set has served as an ideal foundation for providing high-value communication for global organizations across legal, finance, retail, tech, health, and service sectors.

Brontë England-Nelson

Brontë England-Nelson

Associate Instructor

Brontë is invested in helping clients develop a sense of authenticity, generosity, and confidence in their communication.

Tricia Veldman

Tricia Veldman

MS CCC-SLP, Associate Instructor, and Head of Company Communication

Currently residing in Savannah, GA, Tricia is an associate speech coach, able to reach clients virtually all over the world, and Head of Georgia Speech Coaching. She is a certified bilingual speech-language pathologist.

Caleb Shomaker

Caleb Shomaker

Associate Instructor, Head of Instructor Management Team and Education

Caleb specializes in confidence in presentations, vocal depth and strength, leadership in speech, and accent acquisition, Caleb has coached professionals from Uber, Google, Unilever, Shearman & Sterling, the Department of Education, and the Swedish-American Chamber of Congress, among others.

Grant MacDermott

Grant MacDermott

Monologue & Acting Coach

Grant MacDermott is our head acting coach and Co-Director of New York Acting Coaching. Grant has been a professional working actor for most of his life. He began acting professionally at the age of thirteen in commercials and live theater.

Eli Zoller

Eli Zoller

Head of New York Guitar Teachers

Director of New York Guitar Teachers with clients having major success in the film/television industry, as well as in the recording industry and on Broadway.

Tara Forseth

Tara Forseth

Studio Manager

As a long-time student of New York Vocal Coaching Founder and President Justin Stoney, Tara is honored to be on the team as Studio Manager.

Becky Rosky

Becky Rosky

Executive Assistant

Becky is thrilled to be on the team as the Executive Assistant at New York Vocal Coaching. Originally a Pittsburgh native, Becky attended the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.

Mark Berman

Mark Berman

Piano And Songwriting Associate

A renowned pianist, composer and arranger who has written music, performed & recorded with the proverbial who’s who of jazz, pop and rock over his illustrious career.

Josh Couvares

Josh Couvares

Recording and Videography Services

Josh Couvares is a recording engineer, singer-songwriter, and musician based out of Brooklyn. Josh delivers NYVC clients polished mixes that are the standard in today's media landscape using the highest quality equipment in a hybrid analog/digital recording rig.

Manny Cooner

Manny Cooner

Customer Relations Specialist

Manny Cooner has been a part of the New York Vocal Coaching family from the very beginning. His extensive training and expertise as a Customer Relations Specialist has served to put many singers at ease and has assisted them being at their vocal best.