top of page
With more than 20 years of experience teaching all levels of voice and beginning piano, I am now offering virtual classes (in addition to in-person lessons) via FaceTime, Skype, FB Messenger Video and Zoom. Classes are available for students of all levels and ages.
Whether you are a seasoned professional, a beginning vocal or piano student, or preparing for an audition, a performance, or a recording session, I can help you find and polish the unique voice inside of you.

In my midtown west Manhattan studio in person or online, I will not only teach you proper vocal and breathing technique, but will also help you personally connect with your material, which will in turn touch your audience’s hearts.

I am positive, supportive, caring and fun. I have a vast library of music and can help you find the material that will make you shine.


I am an extremely versatile vocalist, comfortable teaching any genre, including musical theatre, jazz, pop, country, r&b, sacred and classical music. I have a special passion for The Great American Songbook.

I can also warm you up and coach you every step of the way through your recording session for your demo or any recording project. I often teach at The Smooth Spot Recording Studio in midtown Manhattan as well, and highly recommend Michael Kevin Walsh, studio owner and engineer for all of your recording and video projects. Please find more info here: 

If you are interested in sacred music and participating in The Vocal Training Program at the Archdiocese of New York and working towards getting certified as a cantor or chorister in the Catholic Church, please find more info here:

I study voice privately with Dr. Barbara Dever (Metropolitan and International Opera Star) in Pitman, NJ, and am blessed to have studied with Dr. Mike Warren in NYC. Additional previous musical theatre/opera/acting studies include The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford (Bachelor of Music in Opera), David Rae Smith (New York City Opera), Bob Hess (Music Theatre), The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Cabaret Symposium with cabaret legends Julie Wilson, Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr and Broadway comedienne, Julie Halston; Song Interpretation with Sarah Louise Lazarus; Audition Technique with Tara Rubin (Tara Rubin Casting) at TVI Studios. Private vocal coaches include Broadway audition accompanist, Brad Garside, Broadway conductor, Stan Tucker, and pianist/opera coach, Bill Lewis. My current coach is the wonderful Phil Hall. Acting studies with author of Acting as a Business, Brian O'Neill (Monologues) and Lorrie Odom (TV & Film) at Actors Connection NYC as well as online with the wonderful Amy Reece, Casting Director (TV & Film).


Vocal Studio Testimonials:​

Ellen Bullinger is truly amazing!!!! She took my voice from crayons to perfume.
~ Jennifer Houston – rock singer/songwriter/voiceover and recording artist/ gourmet cookie and cake entrepreneur with Shut Your Cake Hole!
You’re a goddess! You're a star and soon the world will know it! I'm so impressed by everything… the sound, the artistry, the versatility. You're fabulous!
~ Elizabeth Hodes – critically acclaimed cabaret artist
Ellen Bullinger is the best voice teacher I ever had in my life!
~ Stephen Mosher – photographer to the stars/recording artist/
documentary star/fitness aficionado/cabaret artist/BroadwayWorld reviewer

You have been so wonderful to me and have taught me sooo much! I learned more from you in two hours than I learned in the entire cabaret workshop.
~ Alysa Haas rising cabaret performer


I have been studying with Ellen for a year and my voice has grown soooo much! Our collaboration has given my audition book the best upgrade ever! I have strengthened my breath support, stretched my range, and built my confidence to sing with power and vulberability.  Ellen has great intuition, warmth, passion and a heart of gold! She has truly freed my instrument as well as my spirit to do my best emotional interpretation of song. She is a true experienced professional. I feel so grateful, truly happy and blessed to be studying with Ellen. 

~ Gabriella Russo singer/actress

Screen Shot 2020-05-23 at 5.04.13 PM.png

I am studying with Ellen through The Archdiocese of NY Vocal Training Program . My goal is to become a cantor in the Catholic Church in NYC. Ellen has a lifetime of liturgical experience as a music minister and is teaching me all of the vocal and musicianship skills that I need with an emphasis on the reverence essential to leading a congregation in prayer through song.  When I have a lesson with Ellen, especially after a hard and stressful day’s work, I always feel lighter, refreshed and more positive, like a weight has been lifted. My lessons with Ellen bring me much joy and support. I trust she is always leading me in the right direction on my musical journey and I am grateful.

~ Joseph Zenteno  Graduate of The Vocal Training Program, Archdiocese of New York 


From the moment I walked into Ellen's studio, I felt that it was a safe space to begin again. Her warm and healing energy enveloped me. I am just through a vocal injury that has left me gun-shy about using my voice. Ellen has created an environment where tension and fear disappear. I found her ability to explain vocal technique far superior to any speech pathologist with whom I have worked. After just one lesson, I felt a freedom in my voice and in my spirit that I hadn't felt in a very long time. I consider Ellen to be a bright light and a healer. I highly recommend her as a voice teacher and guide, especially to anyone coming back from an injury.

~ Laurie Bricker  cabaret singer

Screen Shot 2023-03-10 at 1.31.13 PM.png

I began working with Ellen during Covid to prepare for the jury audition for the Archdiocese of New York’s Vocal Training Program.  I discovered Ellen to be an expert and supportive teacher at ease with all genres of music.  She has helped me free my voice and be confident in my singing so that singing is now pure joy.  My range and repertoire have expanded as well and we continue working together on music that I would never have expected to be able to sing.   With Ellen’s expert coaching, I passed the Archdiocese Jury Audition and had so much fun in the process, and am looking forward to the opportunities the cantor certification will bring.  I know I will also be able to count on Ellen’s support and expertise as I move forward in this endeavor.   I am deeply grateful for having been introduced to her. 

~ Maria Luisa Palmese  Partner, WUERSCH & GERING Law Firm/

Graduate of The Vocal Training Program, Archdiocese of New York 

Please contact me regarding my reasonable rates.
I look forward to working with you!
Chez Ellen Vocal Studio
West 54th Street & 10th Avenue
New York City
cell: 856.520.1080
​Schedule your voice lesson and come get your
Chez Ellen Vocal Studio Class Card
Buy 9 lessons and get the 10th free!
Just bring it with you to each lesson, and I will initial it.
My beloved acting teacher in college at The Hartt School of Music,
Peter Flint, who passed on,
taught us these timeless and inspiring words,
and I would like to share them with my students:

"I am an artist. This is my body and I own it.
These are my emotions and I own them.
My talent comes from something other than myself but I am solely responsible for it. I will dare to be bad so that I will be good.
I am an artist. I am that I am."
"First time every time."

A truly inspiring quote from 
Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking 
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest 
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
One of my all time favorite artists wrote this poem and I think it's so beautiful... I had to share it with you all...
The Only You There Has Ever Been
By Ann Hampton Callaway
To be a singer,
You must have the humility
And the audacity
To learn in public.
There is no substitute
For standing in the light
Before others,
In song and story,
With the growing pains
For all to see.
If you have worked
Hard at your craft-
Learning your voice,
Learning who you are,
Learning the songs,
Learning how to inhabit them,
Learning how to bring them
To life in your unique way-
You begin to trust the fullness
Of them inside your heart
And start to take
Bold chances with them.
Every victory and every failure
Is essential to your growth.
Yes, to be a singer
You must cultivate the humility
To let go of your ego
And become
A fearless vessel.
And to be ready
For the life of singing,
You must unleash the audacity
To be exactly who you are,
Petal by petal,
Slowly blooming
The only you
There has ever been.
bottom of page