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WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH KATY...
(Broadway – Pretty Woman, American Psycho, Kinky Boots, Wicked; National Tour - Evita) I started going to Katy when I ran into a singer's nightmare. After years of singing demanding vocal lines 8 shows a week, the wear caught up with me. I needed to refine my technique in a way that would allow me to healthfully do my job. Not only did I find the solution with Katy, but through her nurturing approach and intuitive understanding of my voice, I'm now in the best singing condition of my life.
(National Tour - Beautiful - Actress/Model/Philanthropist) Katy has helped me surrender to the power of my voice, find space so that power can be used strategically on breath, and continues to liberate me to be my "unicorn Marla" self who doesn't fit into the boxes but makes new and more expansive ones for myself and my peers! She is such a powerhouse - book Katy for the holistic care and love we all should feel while strengthening our craft!
(Broadway - Frozen, Wicked) It is hard to express in words all the ways Katy has helped me! To try to sum it up .... she has helped me to believe in myself and let out for the world to hear the sound of my heart and soul through my singing. To know that I am enough and worthy of being heard and that my voice makes a difference in the world and can uplift people has been life Changing for me! I used to be scared to sing, now when I open my mouth love comes out and I love every second of it.
(Broadway – Leopoldstadt, Lehman Trilogy, Travesties, Long Days Journey) I cannot recommend Katy highly enough. I first came to Katy wanting to do more musicals; I'd been away from singing and wasn't feeling confident in auditions. Now with Katy, my voice has never felt better. All of my issues get worked out in each lesson. She hones in on my trouble spots and works with me to get rid of them. Katy has helped me find places in my voice that I never thought possible plus every lesson is FUN!
(Broadway – In the Heights, Tarzan) I have had the pleasure of working with Katy for over ten years. Her patience, compassion and talent for teaching and communicating ideas has been an essential part of my success, both as an artist and as a human being . She understands the needs of each individual, and is fully invested in your personal growth. Countless times I've walked in frustrated and unhappy, only to leave inspired and reinvigorated. Wherever you want to go, Katy will get you there!
Broadway - Frozen, Dr. Zhivago, Evita, Promises Promises, South Pacific Katy is simply the best!!! She is incredibly encouraging, remarkably skilled, and knows the voice so well. With Katy, I’m able to sing things I’ve never been able to sing before. She is invested in my growth as an artist and my success in the industry. Katy has a whole minded approach to teaching voice that helps me to soar and break through to new levels. Her kind energy is unparalleled!
(Broadway - Hadestown, Wicked, Fun Home) Katy knows what to do with any voice. She knows how to identify and embolden your strengths AND your weaknesses. And she is not just a technician. She is an artist. Every lesson I leave feeling more connected to my voice and to my artistic expression. Get an appointment ASAP. You won't regret it.
(Broadway - The Color Purple) Katy literally saved me! My voice and my spirit were a bit bruised when I met her. My vocal cords were overworked and I didn’t think there was much hope for me! Katy literally whipped me in to shape and I sang a 3 month run of Effie White in Dreamgirls straight into The Color Purple National Tour like a bird! I can’t thank Katy enough for the MIRACULOUS work she did! I am grateful! Forever her student!
(Broadway - Legally Blonde; National Tour: Kinky Boots; Off-Broadway - Rock of Ages, Clueless ) Training and coaching with Katy is the best decision you can make! Katy is the best in the biz. She’ll help you get your book ready, your self-tapes ready, your voice ready, and your mind ready for all that is asked of performers today. Her training combines solid vocal technique and builds your vocal flexibility so you can make the material your own.
(Broadway: Beetlejuice, Gypsy, Hairspray) Katy is IT! She offers excellent vocal technique, coaching, vocal resets, and audition prep. She can get you ready and comfortable with brand-new audition material so you can go in the room with confidence. Grateful to have her as a coach, mentor, and friend to navigate the ever-changing demands of our industry.
(Broadway - Mean Girls, Holiday Inn, Cats, Honeymoon in Vegas, Bullets Over Broadway) Katy truly helped me accomplish things I used to think impossible. She is so tuned in to exactly what your specific voice needs and works with. The brain, the body, the voice all work together and Katy knows just how to get it to all work for you.
(TV: Poker Face) Dancer/Singer I came to Katy as a dancer first who loved playing music and was always nervous to sing at auditions. She has transformed my outlook on my voice, auditioning, and life! Whether we're working on specific songs or breath and placement exercises, Katy is the best at knowing exactly what her students need and how their lesson time can be most productive. My agents have noticed the new strength/confidence in my voice, and I have referred multiple friends to Katy!
Actress/Singer (TV - Interview with a Vampire, New Amsterdam, Goliath, NCIS) I went to college for musical theatre but never learned the techniques Katy teaches, and never felt so emotionally grounded and supported. She truly makes me feel seen and my voice feels freer and more alive thanks to Katy!
(Broadway - Frozen, Cats) Katy is not only an excellent voice teacher, but a life coach. She has shown me that there is no separation between the human and the artist. She not only teaches you technique, but helps you find your own unique voice and point of view.
(Frozen, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, How to Succeed) When I first found Katy, I was in a serious panic. Having been in my Broadway show for quite some time, I was struggling to sing anything other than that specific music. Katy helped me find my authentic voice. With her help, my voice has done things I never thought possible. She has this amazing way of explaining things so that they actually make sense. I found her methods not only understandable, but easily executable.
(Broadway - On Your Feet, Hamilton) Katy is not only an amazing teacher, but she’s also a wonderful person and friend. She really cares about her students and takes extra time to see what the student individually needs in a session. She is an amazing musician as well!!! She is the total package.
SEAN KENIN ELIAS-REYES
(Voice Acting: Ice Age, Venom, Smurfs, Family Guy, Robot Chicken) I've trusted Katy to teach me, my son, AND my daughter and we ALL love her. Katy is adept at helping figure out exactly what you NEED to help you sing confidently. She blends technique with acting and intention. Katy starts by connecting with you and connecting you to the music. She treats you like an artist, a friend, fellow traveler and she's here to help guide you to where you need to be.
(Broadway -Frozen, Kinky Boots) Katy completely changed the way I sing. Her ability to articulate how to connect my body to my voice helped me better prepare for auditions/ performances with ease. Katy's vast knowledge of material and technique allows me to work on a multitude of different genres of music and explore new aspects of my voice. She creates a wonderful judgement free atmosphere in which I can work on meeting my full potential without pressure. Her guidance has truly helped me grow!
(Broadway – On the Town, Hair; National Tour: Les Miserables) Katy Pfaffl is a singer's singing teacher. What I mean by that is she knows a performer's struggles: nerves, endurance, maintenance, and the biggie for me: fear. She knows how to coach students through these struggles and find success and vocal freedom! Katy is a wonder!
NATALIE JOY JOHNSON
(Broadway – Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) Katy is such a wonderful teacher! Warm, nurturing and patient - she not only brings an arsenal of vocal techniques, but her first hand experience in the business offers her (and us!!) unique insights that helps her students get out of their heads and into their art. Yes, yes, yes!!!
(Broadway/National Tour - Pretty Woman) When I recommend anyone to Katy, the first thing I say is “She is a life changer”, both a teacher and mentor. She has helped me with vocal technique and repair, audition cuts and material, character work and storytelling, vocal arrangements for concerts and cabarets, vocal approach and style, and just good old-fashioned life coaching. Katy possesses a wisdom and insight that allows her to connect with and understand her students to truly help them grow.
(Broadway - Kinky Boots) Katy came highly recommended to me by multiple friends in the business who I trust. I knew I needed to work with someone who would reignite the spark in me and bring me back to what brought me here in the first place- my passion for singing. On the very first lesson, she not only was able to immediately identify the holes I try so hard to cover in my voice, but give me quick and easy tools to work with. Even more importantly, she brought back my pure love of singing.
(Broadway – Kinky Boots) Katy is more than just a superb voice teacher. She is an incredibly wise and compassionate human with the power to make someone feel safe and free. She fosters growth in a way that happens so quickly, it's astonishing and empowering all at once. She is incredibly smart, musical, multitalented and passionate, with so much to offer a student. Katy is a natural born teacher and has restored a sense of play for me in singing, and I am a better artist because I know Katy.
Comedian/Singer/Actor Katy Pfaffl is a gem! I’ve been working with this woman on and off for over 15 years. My times away from New York City have been less than ideal but once I’m back, I come running. She is the most knowledgeable person I know about voice, music, and what vocal technique is really all about. Look no further and book an appointment before they’re all gone.
(National Tour: Phantom of the Opera) Dancer/Singer Katy brings kindness and care to her work which goes hand in hand with her knowledge of vocal technique and the industry as a whole. Her holistic approach has helped me overcome mental blocks and get out of my own way. I feel more confident in my voice than I ever thought possible. Can’t recommend Katy enough!
(Broadway - Harmony, Off-Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof -Yiddish) I found Katy after a sizable break from voice lessons. I had lost the joy of singing during the pandemic. Katy helped me whip my voice back into shape quickly with a great warmup regimen that got me back to singing every day and enjoying it! I also took advantage of her career coaching while looking for new representation, and thanks to that self-exploration and guided work with her, I now have a new representation whom I love!
Actor/Singer/Dancer Katy is an amazing teacher, artist and human who always brings you back to pure joy and gift of singing from your authentic voice, heart and body. I met Katy several years ago in Japan when she came to Tokyo to teach. I still clearly remember how she held my hands to give me courage to sing from my heart for the first time in my life. I can’t find words to describe how she has been changing my life since then. Can’t recommend her enough!
(Broadway – Shrek) Katy is magical. She doesn't just teach you to sing, but how to be the best version of yourself. I feel challenged but supported; I can keep learning without fear of judgment or vocal damage. I can sing things I never imagined I could sing, and do things I never imagined I could do because of my work with her. She is a teacher, mentor, and friend. No one does it better.
Actor/Singer/Dancer/Musician (Off-Broadway - Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) Katy is not only a wonderful voice teacher, but she takes the time to get to know her students as individual artists -- something you don't find with many teachers in the city! Love her!
Singer/Actor/Musician Katy has changed my voice and my life in ways I never thought were possible! Her encouraging, strategic, honest, fun approach to teaching has helped me start to become the singer I've always wanted to be. She's made me feel excited and happy about singing again, and has helped me learn to love taking up space by being myself! I can't recommend studying with her enough. I'm eternally grateful, and can't wait to continue to grow together!
(National Tour: Phantom of the Opera, TV: Fosse-Verdon) Katy has this undeniable ability to lift up every human who walks into her studio. My friend recommended her to me at a time when I very much doubted my voice and my self. She immediately made me feel worthy and my goals, possible. With every lesson, she has helped me discover new parts of my voice. Her attention to not only technique, but also the human behind the music is what makes her a talented, virtuosic, and irreplaceable teacher!
(Broadway: Harmony; Off-Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof - Yiddish) Katy is the most supportive, clear, fun, and genius voice teacher. I have learned vocal techniques with her (yes…MIXING) that never made sense to me previously. I feel like I’ve known her forever and I trust her innately. She has made me a better singer, performer, and artist and I couldn’t be happier to have found her!
SAMANTHA ROSE CARDENES
Singer/Actor/Teacher If you're looking for someone with immense, up-to-date industry knowledge, a warm and compassionate soul, and an unparalleled talent for creating audition cuts...you have come to the right place! I have revamped my audition book with Katy TWICE now and both times I have managed to come out the other side feeling empowered and confident while also having so much fun in the process. She will hold you in love while being compassionately honest as she helps you reach your goal
Singer/Actor I have been Katy’s student for several years now, and have sent a large number of my friends to her, all of whom adore her. Katy has a knack for finding what makes each individual special, and really dives into that, as well as helping them grow and discover new things about themselves. She is personable and fun, on top of being an incredible coach, teacher, and mentor. Stop your looking and book a session with her already!!!!
Dancer/Singer Katy has changed my views on being a dancer that can sing. She has built confidence in me. She has pushed me every session to never hide. To show up for myself every single day! Through the worst and best of days. What I love most is how every session she meets you where you are for that day. She checks in with you, finds out how you really are, and then helps you navigate those feelings through your session. When I leave Katy, I’m always a much better person than I was!
(National Tour: My Fair Lady) Dancer/Singer I came to Katy as a dancer/actor and had very little confidence in my voice. Thanks to Katy, I feel like I can finally say I'm a triple threat! Katy is endlessly kind and knowledgeable. Truly the best of the best.
Singer/Actor/Dancer Katy is one of the best teachers I’ve ever coached with!! She really helps you move past what you thought you were capable of and nudges you toward success!! She is a great listener and helps you understand how to use your instrument while staying true to yourself!! She is your biggest cheerleader and gives you all the tools you need to conquer this beast of a business!!! Studying with her is the best decision an artist can make!
KELLY ANN COYLE
Dancer, Singer Katy will help you reach ALL of your goals! Then, once you reach those goals, she will pull more out of you than you could have ever imagined! She is also just one of the most genuine people you will ever meet. Can’t recommend her enough!!
LENA MOY BORGEN
Cabaret Artist Katy is, to be perfectly truthful, the greatest human on the planet. She is patient, knowledgeable, and so encouraging. You could not work with a better person.
Actor/Singer/Dancer In my first two months working with Katy I already noticed a substantial difference in both my technique and more importantly HOW I approach singing. Singing now comes from a place of ease, enjoyment, and exploration (plus my voice is so much stronger than I ever thought possible!) She truly is an all-encompassing coach connecting technique with storytelling and reminding me that at the heart of it all is the human.
Actor/Singer Taking lessons with Katy has been an absolute joy. After many years of lessons with various teachers, I finally feel like my voice and my book represent who I really am. Katy is extremely adept at finding what makes each person unique and "a creature" and makes sure that the world can see it too. Working with Katy has made me a better performer, and has given me even more confidence going into auditioning.
Dancer/Singer Katy is an incredible teacher. She is a healer, a listener, a believer. She is so talented and skilled in all things voice, but is also so well versed in a holistic way of living that it makes for such a unique, all-encompassing experience. Katy will help you bring your voice, your career and your soul to the next level. Get in there!
Actor/Singer/Dancer I'm so glad to have Katy as my coach! She meets you where you are and assesses your personal goals before giving you the tools to achieve them. I feel like I continually improve session after session and I always leave feeling energized and supported. Katy has been immensely helpful in discovering my vulnerability and authenticity, taking my performance to the next level. If you're looking for a coach who will bring out your best, look no further!
Singer/Actress After two years of not giving my passion the love and attention it deserves, Katy helped guide me back to myself. She gives me all of the space I need to make a mess and then helps me clean it up and find what's real and useful in it. She reminds me that I don't need to work to be what others want me to be and that my strongest suit is the one I've already got on. I love singing with Katy because her studio is sound proof so I can really let it rip. I trust her completely.
Singer/Actor Katy's holistic approach to voice and bodywork has helped me work through both physical and emotional setbacks - I leave each lesson with a renewed sense of purpose, a clear plan of action, and immense gratitude for the act of singing. A people-first teacher, Katy brings the drive of the business but never compromises making her students feel loved and seen. She is grounded, generous, and always attuned to what I most need that day. I'm so grateful to have found her!
Actor/Singer I feel truly lucky to have found Katy. With her unique exercises, she has enabled me to get out of my head and into my body. Her guidance is precise, thoughtful, and tailored to my individual needs. This has helped me to connect to the material we work on in a meaningful and grounded way. My range has widened, my breath is more supported and I’m able to navigate any song confidently. Katy has given me the tools to feel free and present in my singing and I can’t wait to continue.
Actor/Singer After losing joy in singing due to the difficulties of the pandemic and post-college life, Katy has helped me find that joy again and rediscover my voice. Katy creates such a warm and supportive environment to learn, strengthen skills, and take risks. I feel stronger and stronger after each lesson I have with her. I am so grateful that I was introduced to Katy and that I have her as my teacher and artistic guide.
Singer, Actor, Dancer Katy has been able to give me a complete rehaul on how I feel about my work, the industry as a whole, how to maneuver auditioning, and just overall how to live in my own truth. She has taught me how to reach my fullest heights and be even more creative with my approach toward auditioning. She has taught me how to be an overall better artist, while doing it with the utmost care for me as a human being. If you’re a “creature” like me, I highly recommend checking her out.
Actor/Singer I started going to Katy once I graduated from school this past year. After my first lesson with her, I felt so much happiness. I’ve never felt a voice lesson feel so personalized and catered toward me - she makes them exactly what they need to be for you as an individual. Katy makes the room a safe space to fail and is always encouraging. I’ve never felt so confident about my singing abilities and I’m excited to keep improving with her!
Dancer/Singer Words cannot express how much impact Katy has had on my life in the few months we have been working together. She has helped me truly find my voice and my confidence. Her depth of knowledge about singing and the industry, in general, is invaluable! I am eternally grateful to have found her!!
Singer/Actor/Dancer I’ve seen growth in skills and a range I never thought I’d have. Katy helped me understand how to target roles, create an efficacious audition book, and approach the industry in general. When we were forced into quarantine, Katy impressively continued to provide productive, meaningful lessons over zoom and I continue to work with her on zoom after moving cross-country to LA. She continues to be an incredible teacher, career strategist & cheerleader.
Dancer, Singer Since working with Katy I have found so much freedom in my voice and feel like I can continue to explore singing in a much more conscious way! The consistency, strength, and confidence in my voice have grown so much! Katy’s knowledge and insight into singing and the industry have been absolutely invaluable! I’m eternally grateful!
Actor/Singer There’s something incredibly special about working with someone who not only is a technical expert at their craft, but also a coach who has a holistic approach to working with you as a fully formed human being. After I leave a lesson I feel inspired to work on the challenges and not deeply weighed down by them as I have with other coaches. I have studied with Katy for a year and a half through zoom / in-studio, so I can confidently say that you need to look no further!
Actress/Singer Katy has helped me find my voice again!! I have taken voice lessons my whole life, but I have never experienced such quick improvement with anyone else besides Katy. She happily helps you with all of your goals as a singer/performer, just tell her what you want to achieve and she will help you do it. She's so knowledgeable in singing, acting, and the industry in general. Katy is also a wonderful person, she makes sure that her studio is welcoming and relaxing.
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