The Voice Studio of Rachel Cetel in Cherry Hill
Rachel Cetel is a multifaceted voice teacher with a wide range of experience and accomplishments. She has taught students of all ages and skill levels in South Jersey and Central Jersey for eighteen years. She currently teaches voice lessons in Cherry Hill.
Rachel's students note that her voice lessons are always customized to meet their individual needs and goals. Through one-on-one sessions, this classically trained soprano encourages the development of her students, improves and refines their strengths, and allows them to reach their highest vocal potential.
Rachel’s students regularly earn leading roles in opera companies, community theatre and high school productions. Students have been accepted into major colleges, universities and graduate schools. Students have also placed in NATS festivals.
A graduate of Boston University (B.M.) and the prestigious Westminster Choir College (M.M.), Rachel maintains an active schedule as a performer and recitalist.
Rachel Cetel has quickly gained recognition in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for being a gifted and dedicated teacher and performer.
" She forms lasting relationships with each student: it’s her superpower. Rachel has an uncanny ability to identify what a student needs in order to grow.."- Caitlin, Hainesport, NJ
photo credit: Jeff Reeder, 2007
Rachel has taught voice privately for 18 years in South and Central Jersey.
Rachel graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2007 with a Master of Music, With Distinction, in Voice Performance and Pedagogy (teaching). She received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Boston University in Voice Performance in 2004. She has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 2009 and attended the organization's biennial National Conferences in Salt Lake City and Orlando and Boston in July 2010, 2012, and 2014.
A South Jersey native, Rachel graduated from Cherry Hill High School East with high honors, having been extremely active in the theatre and music departments. In 2000, she won the honor of Cherry Hill Area’s Junior Miss and participated in its state-wide scholarship program.
Rachel currently resides in Cherry Hill where she teaches privately in her home.
Rachel is also on faculty at Rowan College at Burlington County, where she teaches both applied voice and music appreciation, and Rowan College of South Jersey- Cumberland campus, where she teaches both applied voice and music appreciation.
THE PERFORMER- Rachel Cetel, Soprano
Recently, Rachel sang Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with Opera Fresca, High Priestess in Aida, Alisa in Lucia di Lamermoor, Sally in Die Fledermaus and Flora in La Traviata with Boheme Opera New Jersey.
Other companies she performs with include Olde Towne Carolers, Wilmington Concert Opera, Delaware Valley Opera Company, and a voice/piano trio she founded with colleagues entitled Two Sopranos and a Piano.
Soprano soloist in Gloria in D- Vivaldi with Boheme Opera NJ- December, 2019
Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto with Boheme Opera NJ- April, 2020
WHY STUDY WITH RACHEL?
Rachel offers a unique vocal method which caters to students' individual needs and goals. She welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities. Students may partake in lessons both for recreational purposes and/or as a means to a future career in the arts.
Rachel's voice lessons are a Thumbtack Reviewed and trusted Professional Service, proudly featured as BEST of 2016 and 2015!
Rachel teaches in her home studio in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Fees vary by length of lesson. Lesson options include:
Lessons can be scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or on an
"as-needed" basis. Please feel free to email Rachel through the Contact me button on the home page with questions regarding rates and availability.
An emphasis is placed on vocal health and the building of a proper vocal technique. In addition, students learn a variety of fun, yet appropriate songs that help strengthen the technique.
Students are also coached for auditions, roles in theatrical productions and scene study, and musical ensembles.
Students gain, most importantly, creativity, increased musical agility and confidence though vocal lessons.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF STUDENTS.....ARE MANY!
Students have gone on to earn acceptance and/or scholarship to major colleges and universities.
Past and current students have earned acceptance into New Jersey All-State Chorus, All-South Jersey chorus, Philadelphia Girls' Choir, Philadelphia Singers' High School Mentor Program, Princeton Girl Choir, and select high school and middle school ensembles. Students have also earned leading and supporting roles in community theatre productions and school shows. In addition, students have won awards in NATS festivals of singing.
photo credit: Ed Kedzierski Sr., 2017
photo credit: Nava Hawking, 2017
Caitlin, Hainesport, NJ
When I first came to Rachel in the fall of 2012, I was a fledgling in every sense of the word. I was twelve years old, incredibly introverted, really shy, and probably shaking in my Ugg boots (they were very chic in 2012, okay?) when I met Rachel for my first voice lesson. I don’t remember the details of that first lesson, but I remember the feeling: I remember coming in, pretty shy. I remember feeling especially small when I first came into the house - I wasn’t much for singing in front of strangers back then. But what I do remember is that by the end of the lesson, I felt warm. Safe. Capable. That last one was a big deal for a girl of thirteen lacking in self confidence. Voice lessons became my haven, my weekly escape. In the midst of learning vocal technique, new pieces, and Italian pronounciations, I built up not only my repitoire, but my confidence. Rachel was a huge part of my life for so many years. She watched me grow up, and she gave me the tools to be comfortable within myself. She was my voice teacher, yes, but more importantly, she was my mentor, therapist, and my friend. Rachel is an incredible teacher and an even better person. She forms lasting relationships with each student: it’s her superpower. Rachel has an uncanny ability to identify what a student needs in order to grow and then nurture [them] accordingly.
In terms of more music-related achievements, under Rachel’s tutilege I was able to correct poor singing habits I had learned in error under my previous voice teacher; this led to healthier and easier singing. I also was able to move up levels in my outside choir, Princeton Girlchoir. The skills Rachel taught me in our lessons made it easier to progress in choir. They helped me sight read faster and more accurately and sing in different languages with greater ease. Additionally, with Rachel’s help, I was able to audition for and place into All South Jersey Chorus and compete in a local singing festival - two things I would never have been able to do on my own.
Now, I attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, where I am part of the University Choir. This year, we will be singing in Lincoln Center and going on tour in Austria and Hungary, and I can honestly say without the musicianship skills and belief in myself I learned from Rachel, I would have never had these opportunities. In short, I am so very glad my mom brought me to take my first lesson with Rachel, that fall day six years ago because of the enormous impact she’s had on me as a musician and as a person, and I couldn’t thank or recommend her enough.
Melissa, Philadelphia, PA
I started taking lessons with Rachel about 2 and a half years ago and she has helped me transform greatly in this time. I found her shortly after I graduated from college. From the very first lesson, I knew this would be a great match. I was amazed with how her methods for shaping my vocal techniques felt like they were specifically tailored for my voice. Not only has she helped me improve my voice, but she also has been an incredible mentor in helping me on my career path. She has coached me through several audition processes, all of which have been successful, including the Greater South Jersey Chorus and Chamber Singers, and Boheme Opera NJ’s production of Carmen, in which we performed together. We also spent several months preparing for my audition to get into Drexel University’s Master in Music Therapy and Counseling program, to which I was accepted and offered a vocal performance scholarship for the University Chorus and Chamber Singers. Rachel has not only helped me increase my skill and technique, but she has also helped me gain the confidence necessary to obtain these accomplishments.
My daughter Valerie took lessons from Rachel for four years throughout high school. Valerie wanted to deepen her vocal skills both in her school’s choral groups and in the school musicals. Rachel determined that Valerie’s voice was best suited to classical pieces, and focused her efforts there. The range and depth Rachel was able to help Valerie develop were amazing. Rachel kept lessons fun while maintaining high expectations. By the spring of her sophomore year, Valerie followed Rachel’s suggestion to audition for the mentor program with the Philadelphia Singers. Much to her delight, she earned a spot with this prestigious group. She sang Daphnis and Chloe with the Philadelphia Singers and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra for Maestro Charles Dutoit’s final performances as symphony conductor at both the Kimmel Center and at Carnegie Hall in New York. It was truly the experience of a lifetime for her! Valerie went on to earn a spot as a student director for her high school’s Chamber Singers a capella group and sang featured vocal parts in her school’s productions of The Wedding Singer, Grease and In the Heights. With Rachel’s help, she put together a video portfolio of her singing to include in her college applications.Valerie is now a freshman at Princeton University and happily was chosen to be a member of the Princeton Glee Club under the direction of Gabriel Crouch. The group will be going on tour in 2016 in South Africa. Valerie counts singing as one of her great joys. We credit Rachel with guiding her and encouraging her to stretch herself beyond where she thought she could go vocally. We cannot recommend Rachel highly enough!
Rachel Cetel was my first voice teacher. I started working with her when I was 9-years-old and it definitely changed the course of my life. She always made me feel very comfortable with my own singing, which was extremely important to me as a shy kid. Her classical training was ideal for teaching correct breathing technique and singing in a way that is healthy for the vocal chords. Learning the basics of classical singing is the best way to train because it allows you to then pursue whatever genre you want with excellent technique and health. I worked with Rachel for six years and she had a huge impact on my life. I am currently attending New York University for theatre and still pursuing a career in singing.
Working with Rachel helped me develop my voice, understand how to work with it, and gave me the confidence to perform. She helped me prepare for school and extracurricular choral performances and leading roles in high school shows as well as auditions for choirs and musicals.
Through lessons with Rachel each week, I was able to really come into my voice. She instructed me on how to control and focus my sound and how to use my voice to achieve effects. We worked on choral pieces, but also did significant work on songs from musicals. In that work, Rachel instructed me on how to emote through a song and concentrated on the pieces' acting components.
Overall, I found that working with Rachel was a tremendously rewarding process that not only strengthened my voice, but introduced me to a tremendous friend and musical mentor.
My daughter, Lindsay, has been a voice student of Rachel's for about 2 years. During this time we have witnessed a great deal of development in Lindsay, including broader range, better control over pitch and breathing, and above all, increased confidence in being able to perform. Rachel inspires her students by providing regular coaching and positive feedback throughout the lessons, and by tailoring the lessons to match the interests and development of the students (working on progressively challenging materials, accordingly). I have recommended Rachel to other students as we have been very happy with her instruction.
Lessons with Rachel Cetel prepared my for my future and helped me reach many smaller goals. Without her help I would have remained a small, quiet voice with no self-confidence. It was because of her understanding, passion and love of teaching that I am where I am today.
I started studying with Rachel during my junior year of high school and ended when I moved on to college. With Rachel’s singing expertise I was able to make it into the All-South Jersey High Chorus, get a small lead in my high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and was selected to represent Lenape High School at the 2010 Burlington County Teen Arts Festival. These opportunities gave me the support and challenge I desired but could not pursue before I began lessons. Through my weekly lessons with Rachel, I learned how to breath, support, shape vowels and add musical expression. My lessons with Rachel gave me chances I did not have on my own and I am grateful for all of the training she provided.
Her lessons also helped me solidify what I wanted to do with my future. With only a little more than one year of vocal training, I was off for vocal music education auditions at Kutztown University and Rowan University. I made it into both and have been going to Rowan for almost two years now. Rachel not only helped me achieve all of these things, but also did so in a fun, healthy and interesting way. I sang all kinds of repertoire including English, Italian, German, French, and musical theatre. Her strong, yet varied singing abilities and cheerful personality make her a wonderful teacher.
I am a big advocator for Rachel Cetel and recommend her to any student. People who want to pursue music as a career or just want to take lessons for fun will improve and enjoy their time with her. Rachel is a wonderful teacher and I could not think of anyone better to have taken lessons from.
"Soprano Rachel Cetel provided a vocally sound companion to Lucia in the character of Alisa, matching Ms. Pundt well in the 'Fountain' scene duets."- Town Topics
"Soprano Rachel Cetel as Sally completed the cast with a lovely performance as Adele's partner in deception."- Out in Jersey
"There were in fact, no peformers who were less than excellent. Rachel Cetel as Flora...(et. al.) each did outstanding work as singers and actors."- Out in Jersey
photo credit: Ed Kedzierski, Sr., 2017
Feel free to reach out with any questions, inquiries, or to get started with your first lesson.
For wedding or event ceremony music, please inquire in the space above.
For Two Sopranos and a Piano bookings, please inquire in the space above.
I look forward to hearing from you. Messages will be returned within 24-48 hours.
Lessons Monday - Friday: By Appointment only
Wedding/ Event ceremony music and Two Sopranos and a Piano: Days vary, by Appointment only
Rachel Cetel is pleased to now offer Wedding Ceremony and Special Event music!
I work with the client to select the perfect musical selections for their ceremony or special event: wedding ceremonies, birthday parties, retirement luncheons, Sweet 16, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and more! Whether it's sacred, classical, Broadway, religious, or jazzy, I will help you and your loved ones celebrate the joy of marriage and/or any other special event! To me, there is no better way to celebrate love and joy than to sing about it!
Such amazing talent!
Rachel brought to life the The Phantom of the Opera at my daughter’s birthday with her vocals. Thanks so much; it was more than what I expected.
Phantom of the Opera themed birthday party date: 6/1/18
Rachel has a gorgeous voice and sang beautifully for my family and guests at my wedding. She worked with me to find the best song for the ceremony. It was a beautiful addition and a highlight of the day. I know my guests enjoyed this as well. I would recommend Rachel for other events or for lessons.
Wedding date 8/10/13
Rachel has a gorgeous voice, and she elevated the beauty of our ceremony. We provided her with our song choices ahead of time, and she worked with our band to make sure it sounded perfect on our wedding day. She was wonderful to work with, and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking to add a special extra to their ceremony!
Wedding date 5/30/10
photo credit: Brooke Novack, 2010
Rachel Cetel, soprano
Cecelia Tepping, soprano
Sandra Milstein Pucciatti, piano
SONGS I'LL NEVER SING/ ROLES I'LL NEVER PLAY, a miscast cabaret
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the historic 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing NJ and Sunday March 3, 2019 at Croft Farm Center for the Arts in Cherry Hill, NJ