Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory

The technical teachers behind the Emmy┬« winning  and Grammy┬« nominated Philadelphia Boys Choir and the Philadelphia Girls Choir have now opened their studios to all students interested in developing their talents.  

If you are interested in voice lessons, email or call 215-222-3500.  

Michael Ashby and Maria Russo have teaching schedules throughout the week.  Both are wonderful singers and fine vocal technicians with years of experience.  Michael also serves as the director of summer opera, musical theater and choral camps.

Weekly lesson can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes. A variety of repertoire is covered from opera to musical theater and from classical to modern.  An individual curriculum is developed for each student in order to develop musical, vocal technical and performance skills.  Performance opportunities, including recitals, and masterclasses are provided.


About Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby earned his Masters of Operatic performance from New Jersey City University and his Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Indiana State University.  He has performed regionally in opera, operetta, musical  theater, and theater productions.  In addition to our vocal conservatory he maintains voice studios at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and Community Music School in Trappe, Pennsylvania.  For the past year Michael has been working as the vocal technical teacher for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale as well as the Philadelphia Girls Choir.  This summer will mark his fifth time directing the opera camp for the conservatory and his tenth opera camp in total.  His previous teen opera camps were directed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  During his time at Rutgers he was a private vocal instructor with the Mason Gross Extension Division/Community Music Program for eleven years.  This Summer Michael will also undertake direction of our choral camp and new musical theater camp.  

To learn more about the camps Michael is directing follow links to


About Maria Russo

The acclaimed American soprano first came to international attention in 1984. She won the prestigious German Radio (ARD) Music Competition in Munich, Germany. As a result she made radio recordings with the Radio Orchestras of Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Hamburg. She then became a member of the ensemble at the Stuttgart State Opera in Germany. Still a student, Miss Russo was the first place winner of the East and West Artists competition. She was awarded a New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall, earning her a glowing review from the New York Times. The American soprano earned a MM in Voice Performance at Northwestern University and studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Her important teachers were Eva Illes, Nancy Williams and Elizabeth Fischer.

Maria's full bio can be found at