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Dedicated to creating meaningful, memorable, and high quality educational experiences through singing and the performing arts.

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Community through Song and Stage provides vocal instruction and quality year-round youth theatre programing to the Upper Mainline and Western Suburbs.

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About Ctss

I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into the lessons I teach. I'm a lover of all types of music and have worked with singers of all ages and genres ranging from classical to contemporary. My focus is placed on not just creating great singers, but smart singers who understand healthy vocal production. 


It’s my belief that everyone has innate musical ability and that every student who studies voice or any instrument has the ability to succeed. Music lessons are a journey.  Every student that I teach is on their own unique path. It’s my job as the teacher to instill the technical, theoretical, and physiological knowledge to make their studies successful.

I currently maintain a talented music studio of children and adults in the Philadelphia Area.  Many of my students have performed leads in school and regional theater productions.  My former students have gone on to attend schools such as Oakland School of the Arts (Oakland, CA), CASA (Harrisburg, PA), and CAPA (Philadelphia, PA). Along with private teaching, I've taught K-8 general music in differentiated classroom settings across the country.  

As a classically trained Tenor, I've performed numerous operatic roles ranging from “Rinuccio” in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi to “Apollo” in Monteverdi's L'orfeo.  I have an affinity for Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and have spent three summers in Ithaca, New York performing with the Cornell Savoyards.  In the summer of 2015, I attended the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles, CA. 


I attended The University of the Arts as a Presidential Fellow where I received my M.A.T. in Music Education.  I was a 2018-2019 Teaching Resident for Opera Philadelphia and I currently work at PALCS where I am High School and Middle School Vocal Music Teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester, PA. I hold a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in voice performance and a Bachelor of Music Degree in voice performance from Ithaca College. I'm proficient on guitar, piano, and ukulele. 

All Voice lessons are available virtually or in-person out of my home in King of Prussia, PA.  My studio adheres strictly to all CDC and public health policies. 



Erika Henningsen Masterclass (Fall 2020)

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