Artistree Performing Arts opened on January 1, 2016. The studio was formally Applause Westchester, which opened in January of 2008 as part of Applause NY. Managed by Heather and Peter Capelle, the studio quickly grew from its original 84 students to the over 300 per semester it has today. In 2010, the Weekend Workshop classes were added providing students an opportunity to perform in the professional Emelin Theater. In 2015, after spending a year back at Applause NY, Heather realized her heart was here in Westchester with the students and families she had grown to love. The Capelles purchased the studio and Artistree Performing Arts was born.