Johnstonbaugh's Virtual Lessons

Many members of our highly qualified teaching staff offer virtual lessons. Click the link below to see which teachers we have for each instrument family.

Woodwinds - Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone



 

Shelly LeFebvre

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $22.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Shelly LeFebvre earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in music education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, studying flute with David P. Tessmer, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science (School Library Certification), summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the fourth grade teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Hopewell, PA. Prior to her position as fourth grade teacher at Our Lady of Fatima, she was the music teacher at the school (grades PreK-8) for four years. Shelly has spent the past fifteen years teaching instrumental, vocal, and general music in Catholic and public schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. Shelly has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced flute and piccolo students of all ages, including adults, at Johnstonbaugh's Music Centers in Bridgeville, PA, and Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA for over fifteen years. Several of her students have earned top ranks in their school ensembles and have been selected for various honors ensembles including PMEA instrumental ensembles and PYPO.

Shelly has served as principal flutist of the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band and has played the flute and piccolo with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Stage 62 musical theater pit orchestra, and North Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. She plays actively for area church services and Masses, musical theater productions, and weddings and is the flute/woodwind coach and an assisting conductor for West Allegheny School District's annual elementary summer band camp. Please visit her studio website at www.slflute.webs.com

 

Amanda Sage

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park, Golden Mile

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Amanda Sage is a flutist and private teacher from the Pittsburgh area. She has served as principal flute with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, principal flute and second flute/piccolo with Undercroft Opera, as well as performed with the Edgewood, Westmoreland, and Johnstown Symphonies. She also performs in various solo, chamber, and larger ensemble roles in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the newly formed Bel Suono Ensemble of which she is a founding member. An advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

As an educator, she has nearly 12 years of experience in private instruction, along with her many years of experience teaching both instrumental and general music (K-12). Amanda's students have experienced success in passing auditions for various middle and high school honor level ensembles, as well as colleges and universities for those who decide to pursue a music career. In addition to her private studio, Amanda serves as adjunct flute instructor at Mercyhurst University, as well as adjunct faculty lecturer in music at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Beyond music, Amanda is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda has presented workshops on the topic of performance health for musicians at several different events including the annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the annual National Flute Convention, and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's annual Flute Fair. Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Brittany Trotter

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Dr. Brittany Trotter is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber performer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Contributing Faculty in Flute at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. A multi-portfolio artist, she performs music ranging from classical, contemporary and jazz styles.

Trotter is a dynamic performer and chamber musician. She has performed and presented at regional flute conventions including the Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and the National Flute Association Convention. An active chamber musician, Trotter substitute regularly with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. A core member of the ReIgnite Trio and the Incidental Chamber Players, Trotter engages with the musical community in the Pittsburgh area by presenting engaging concerts of classical and contemporary chamber music.

As a teacher, many of Trotter students have successfully passed auditions for regional and state honor bands ensemble, as well as college and universities auditions. A trained Suzuki teacher, Trotter’s students range in ages from 3yrs to 60yrs old including various levels of ability.

A native of Laurel, MS, Trotter received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Wyoming, where she served as the flute graduate teaching assistant. Trotter completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Certificate in University Teaching at West Virginia University where she was awarded the prestigious Swiger Fellowship.

Outside her professional performing and teaching life, she enjoys competitive running, crafting, and reading. Visit www.brittanytrotterflute.com to learn more!


 

Renate Sakins

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Oboe
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Renate Sakins received her B.M. from Temple University, and attended Carnegie Mellon University in the M.M. degree program. Her teachers were Louis Rosenblatt and Cynthia DeAlmeida. Ms. Sakins is currently oboist and associate director of the Renaissance City Winds, principal oboist with the Westmoreland Symphony, and 2nd oboist with the Akron Symphony. She has appeared twice as soloist with the Westmoreland Symphony and was featured on WQED’s “Performance in Pittsburgh”. For two seasons she was co-principal oboist of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. She has performed with the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Wheeling, Harrisburg, and Delaware Symphonies, at the Blossom and Cape May Music Festivals and has toured in Canada, Japan, and throughout Europe. Ms. Sakins is an adjunct instructor at Washington and Jefferson College, teaches at Pittsburgh’s Center for the Musically Talented, Carnegie Mellon Pre-College, and maintains a private teaching studio. Students Ms. Sakins has taught have been accepted as music performance and music education majors at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Indiana University (Bloomington), and Temple University. Ms. Sakins was born in Chicago and earned a B.S. in Medical Technology before pursuing music performance.


 

Janice Coppola

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Clarinet, Saxophone
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Janice Coppola received her B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) for high school. Her teachers have included Bob Listokin, Theodore Johnson, Leon Russianoff, and William Blount, as well as John Mack for chamber and solo music.

Ms. Coppola is currently performing as a klezmer soloist and freelance musician not only in the Pittsburgh area but in many other states. She has performed with and founded three klezmer ensembles in the Pittsburgh area - The Hot Matzohs, Klezlectic, and Eastern Watershed. Janice has also been one of the music directors at Temple Sinai for eight years, directing the Temple Sinai Band who perform for first Friday Shabbat. As a soloist, Janice has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Preservation Hall Band, the River City Brass, the Northern New Jersey Baroque Orchestra, and The Edgewood Symphony.

Janice has been on the Gateway to the Arts Roster for over a decade with varying programs focused on klezmer and music of the immigrants in Pittsburgh. Her current program is "Bubbe Tells A Tale" with Barbara Russell. Janice is also affiliated with Musician’s With A Mission (MWAM) in Pittsburgh, performing for the city’s elderly and infirmed. She is also a ringer with area school districts for their annual musical productions.

As an instructor, Janice has taught clarinet, saxophone, and flute privately for over two decades. She is currently an instructor at the Johnstonbaugh Music Center in Allison Park, PA, as well as the Boys and Girls Club in Carnegie, PA. Her teaching specialties not only include structure for beginning pupils but coaching for more advanced students for competitions, as well as college and ensemble auditions. An additional specialty is her knowledge of klezmer music, which has gained her a reputation as a class instructor with the Temple Emmanuel and Beth El Temple in the South Hills.


 

Rachael Stutzman-Cohen

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Clarinet and Saxophone
Rate: $28 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Rachael Stutzman is a passionate performer and avid teacher of music. She currently holds the position of Second Clarinet with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. Previously, Rachael held the position of Bass Clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony. She has also performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Aspen Music Festival, and Britt Festival Orchestra and been led under the batons of Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gerard Schwarz, Tito Munos, and James Gaffigan. Rachael is proud to be a founding member of the Trillium Ensemble, Pittsburgh’s only flute, clarinet, and piano trio. Trillium allows Rachael to explore her enthusiasm for musical collaboration and support new music. The trio performs contemporary music across the Pittsburgh region and works with budding student musicians from middle school to college age. She has premiered works by Fernando Benadon, Federico Garcia, Mattew Heap, Mark Fromm, Scott Steele, and David Bennett Thomas. At the university level, Rachael has taught at Slippery Rock University (PA) as well as given masterclasses at Truman State University (MO) and the University of South Florida. She received her BFA and MAM from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Thomas Thompson of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Rachael has also studied with Ron Samuels, Dick Page, Dennis Smylie, and Paul Demers. When Rachael is not performing, she enjoys cooking with her husband and long-distance running.

 

Scott Albert

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Scott is an elementary band director at Shaler Area Elementary School. His duties include directing the 4th, 5th and 6th grade bands as well as teaching some of the 4th and 5th grade strings. He is currently in his 13th year at Shaler.

Scott has been teaching clarinet and saxophone lessons at Johnstonbaughs since 2008. He has had many successful students from Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Hampton, Pine-Richland, and Shaler. Many of the junior high and senior high students Scott has worked with have been accepted into Alle-Valley honors band as well as PMEA festivals.

Scott teaches all grade levels of saxophone from beginners in 4th grade to high school students. Scott also teaches beginning and middle school level clarinet lessons.


 

Marino Galluzzo

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $26 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Marino Galluzzo has appeared as a saxophone & woodwind soloist & ensemble performer across the US, Canada & Italy. His performances include radio, television, recording, symphony orchestra, and top local and international celebrities. He is one of the founders of the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet, performing together for 40 years. He also was a founding member of both the Canadian Saxophone Quartet and the Canadian Woodwind Trio. Marino is a recently retired public school music teacher and former adjunct professor of saxophone and woodwinds at Duquesne University and Indiana University of PA. Marino is a freelance woodwind artist, serves on the board, and is resident woodwind musician for QM Productions, Inc., maintains a private woodwind studio & hosts a summer saxophone and woodwind workshop at California University of PA.


 

Mike Menzietti

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Michael is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland in College Park where he was awarded a graduate Jazz Assistantship. During his time at the University of Maryland, Michael will be studying saxophone with Chris Vadala and Albert Regni. Michael has been teaching private lessons for 10 years and has 5 years of public school teaching experience. Michael has studied with saxophonists Steven Mauk, Keith Young, Curtis Johnson, and Chris Hemingway. He is a 2008 graduate of Ithaca College receiving a Master's Degree in Saxophone Performance and is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Brass - Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone/Low Brass

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Joe Beaver

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Joe Beaver is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance. A native of Bethel Park, Joe attended Duquesne University for his undergraduate education majoring in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Joe Is an active performer and teacher in the Pittsburgh area, playing frequently for weddings, masses, with the River City Brass Band, and other regional orchestras including the Johnstown Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.

As a teacher, Joe has worked with numerous school districts in the area, covering all grade levels. He is also an active private trumpet teacher in the South Hills, and currently is the assistant director of the Upper St. Clair marching band. He has experience working with a wide range of students of all ages and ability levels.


Michael Buckstein

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet and French Horn
Rate: $23 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Michael Buckstein is an educator and performer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, at which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. Michael is also a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), at which he earned a Bachelors of Science in Education Degree in Music Education. His primary teachers include Karl Priore (Pitt) and Dr. Kevin Eisensmith (IUP).

Michael has a wealth of musical experiences, both in coursework and performing ensembles. He has taken classes in Theory, Composition, and Music Production/Recording. He has performed in a multitude of large and small ensembles, spanning many genres. Large ensembles include the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, University of Pittsburgh Pep Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, IUP Symphony Band, IUP University Chorus, IUP Wind Ensemble, and the Allegheny Brass Band. Small ensembles include The Allies of the Boulevard, Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Wind Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Trumpet Ensemble, IUP Trumpet Ensemble, Legacy Brass Quintet and the Plum Brass Quintet. He also has experience performing in pit orchestras for musicals, performing for Nine and Legally Blonde during his tenure at Pitt.

Michael is a versatile teacher, having taught in a variety of idioms. As a private lesson instructor, he teaches trumpet and horn, currently maintaining a studio of 17 students in grades 4-12. In addition to private lessons, his private studio provides students with various opportunities such as concerts, chamber music opportunities, and masterclasses. As a Music Instructor at Chatham University's Music and Arts Day Camp, Michael taught K-2 General Music, as well as courses in Conducting and Digital Music Technology. Currently in his 4th year as Assistant Director of the Plum Band, he has worked extensively with the marching band, brought in various guest clinicians (such as The Brass Roots and Professor Alan Hood), organized extra-curricular field trips to the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University, and coached chamber music ensembles. His chamber music ensembles have performed at venues such as the National Aviary, Chick-Fil-A, and the Benedum Center. Finally, Michael is the Executive Director of "Brass Camp", a summer music camp for brass players in grades 5-12. In his position as Executive Director, he is responsible for marketing, budgeting, arranging, rehearsing, and more.

 

Matthew McCormack

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual 

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Matthew McCormack currently serves as Second Trumpet of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. He appears with many orchestras and large performing groups throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area, including the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. As an active chamber musician, Matthew performs with many groups of varying styles, including the Brass Roots and the Wee Jamz.

Matthew has taught private trumpet lessons at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center since the summer of 2016 and has since cultivated a large and successful studio of young musicians. His students have been selected to participate in many honor bands in the area, including PMEA, Allegheny Valley Honors Band, and the North District Catholic School Honor Band.

Matthew received his Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance and Advanced Musical Studies certificate from Carnegie Mellon University and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. His principal teachers include Micah Wilkinson, Neal Berntsen, George Vosburgh, Dr. Ryan Gardner, and Dr. Jonathan Martin.


 

Matt Pienkowski

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Matt is currently the principal trumpet for the Washington Symphony. A graduate of West Virginia University and Carnegie Mellon University, Matt’s previous teachers include Neal Berntsen, George Vosburgh, John Winkler, David Hickman, and Paul Weber. Matt has maintained a trumpet studio since college and has had great success with his students placing in various orchestras and bands. Matt has performed all over the area playing with orchestras such as Wheeling, West Virginia, and Canton, Ohio. Recently married, Matt spends his free time lifting weights and with his wife, Christina.


 

Alan Skwarla

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Alan is a professional trumpet player with over 35 years performing and teaching experience. He is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Music where he majored in trumpet. He was a public school music teacher for 16 years and has been a private teacher for more than 35 years. Alan has performed with groups including the Pittsburgh Opera Workshop, the Bucco Band, and house bands at the Twin Coaches and Holiday House. He has recorded with his own Latin ensemble, Algo Latino, and with jazz, rock, classical, dixieland, Latin, swing, theatrical and top-40 groups throughout the region. Alan has also performed at major venues including Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall, Byham Theatre, Mellon Arena, Three Rivers Stadium, Starlake (Post-Gazette) Amphitheater, the Amphiteater in Sation Square, Pitt Stadium, Syria Mosque, and The Balcony nightclub.


 

Molly Zebell

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: French Horn
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Southwestern Michigan native Molly Zebell is a dedicated advocate for new and lesser known solo horn and chamber music and an active orchestral musician. She is currently performing as a member of the contemporary music ensemble NAT 28, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which strives to give the highest standard of performances of pieces both standard and new, but in evocative and innovative ways. Molly Zebell began her formal music education at Western Michigan University, where she received her Bachelors of Music in French Horn Performance under the guidance of Dr. Lin Foulk. Molly discovered a wealth of contemporary and non-standard horn literature during her undergraduate studies and became passionate about exploring the full range of horn repertoire, with works such as the Reinecke Clarinet and Horn Trio and Hindemith’s Horn Quartet as examples. This led her to the studio of prominent horn and choral composer, Dr. Paul Basler at the University of Florida. There, she pursued a master’s degree in Horn Performance with an emphasis on contemporary and 20th century recital repertoire, including Francois Poulenc’s Elegie, Yehuda Yannay’s “Hidden Melody” for Horn and Cello, and Primitive Modern for horn and tape by James Beckel. While at the University of Florida, she served as Principal Horn of orchestras and bands, and was honored with the opportunity to perform in the school’s endowed graduate chamber music program. Other noted orchestral horn appointments include the Orlando Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, and the Gainesville Orchestra. Her enthusiasm for inspiring children to pursue music in all its forms is evident in her master classes for children, showcasing the history of the horn and small folk instruments. She has enjoyed teaching beginning students in her private studio as well as serving as a sectional teacher at Howard Bishop Middle School.


 

Amy Kuehn

Focus Area: Low Brass
Instruments: Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba.
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Amy is originally from Northeast Ohio where she had the privilege to be an instrumental music teacher in the Parma City School District. During her tenure she held the position of High School Director of Bands, Assistant Director of Bands and director of Middle School/Elementary Bands.

As a private studio instructor, she encourages all her students to become active and productive members in their school ensembles while always continuing to focus on their individual musical development. She customizes lessons to suit each student's needs, ability levels and musical endeavors. Students that choose to pursue participation in enrichment ensembles are provided with the guidance necessary to prepare the required music and to have a positive experience. Beyond their school music programs her students achievements include membership in the Seton Hill Honors Band, Westmoreland County Honors Bands, All-Ohio State Fair Band, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, OMEA Honors Bands, Collegiate Honors Bands and participation in adjudicated events.

While teaching in Ohio she enjoyed performing with professional and civic ensembles. These ensembles include: Emperors of Swing, Gabriel's Horns, Seasonal Brass, The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, The Lakeland Community College Bands, The University of Akron Summer Brass Ensemble and various school/civic theatres. She is currently principal Euphonium with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and is performing locally with various civic ensembles including the Musicians Concert Band of Butler, PA.

Her academic history includes a BA of Music Education from Cleveland State University and an MA of Music Education from the The University of Akron. She studied trombone with Jim Taylor and Ed Zadrozny and studied Euphonium with Jim Taylor, Tucker Jolly and most recently Dr. Zach Collins.

Amy teaches three days a week in person and online through Johnstonbaughs Music Center. She is accepting students of all ages and ability levels for Euphonoium, Tuba and Trombone studies. In addition to performing she enjoys spending time cycling, hiking and cooking.

 

Ryan Moser

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trombone / Low Brass
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh having attended the Shaler Area School district. He attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Music Education major, and following graduation moved to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Ryan taught elementary and middle school band in the Brookline Public Schools. He also had the opportunity to study with Gabriel Langfur (bass trombone) of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A short relocation to Columbus, Ohio allowed Ryan to work as a recruiter for The Ohio State University School of Music.

Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello

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Cara Garofalo

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations:Allison Park, Virtual

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Cara Garofalo graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Duquesne University where she studied under Christopher Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has since continued private studies with other acclaimed teachers including David Kim of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jeremy Black of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Cara has been an active and passionate performer in music communities throughout Pennsylvania and other states, frequently performing with many symphonies and ensembles including the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked for summer music festivals including Music Academy International in northern Italy and Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA. In addition to her classical music background, Cara also enjoys recording, collaborating and performing with various locally and internationally acclaimed rock and pop artists. Cara is trained as a teacher in the Suzuki Method. Since 2010, she has taught students of all ages and levels in both private and school settings. She has great enthusiasm for educating students through music.

Rachel Waldron-D'Abruzzo

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello
Rate: $26 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Rachel Waldron-D'Abruzzo's journey with the cello began at the age of eight, and since then she has been teaching and performing throughout the Pittsburgh area. Ms. D’Abruzzo’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Duquesne University, where she studied with Mikhail Istomin from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Paula Tuttle from the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet. She graduated with her Master's degree from Duquesne University under the tutelage of Adam Liu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. D’Abruzzo has performed in a variety of church venues, as well as concert series such as Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch. She has also performed in various string and piano ensembles throughout the Pittsburgh area.

When she isn’t performing, she teaches a variety of string and piano students throughout the Pittsburgh area. Many of her students have gone on to pursue music degrees with cello being their main focus. Ms. Waldron-D'Abruzzo has performed as a section cellist in a number of orchestras such as Johnstown, Westmoreland, Washington, and Butler. She has also performed in several summer festivals including the CLAZZ music festival (Arcidosso, Italy) and the Aruba Symphony Festival (Oranjestad, Aruba).


 

Veronica Lopez

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Viola, Violin
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson, $45 per hour
Locations: Virtual

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Veronica Lopez is a recent Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a BFA in Viola Performance and a minor in Conducting. She is currently finishing her certification in Music Education and is student teaching in the Mt. Lebanon School District/ Pittsburgh Public Schools.

A Los Angeles native, Veronica began her musical education, at the age of 11, in the Los Angeles Unified School District- Henry T. Gage Middle School. From Gage Middle School, Veronica went on to study at one of the premier performing arts high schools in the country, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. As a young musician, she volunteered and performed with many youth orchestra programs and community orchestras throughout the city such as, The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, The Saturday Conservatory of Music, The North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble, The Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, and The Olympia Youth Orchestra.

As a professional violist, Veronica has broadened her horizons past only classical music. She has and continues to perform various new works by student composers as well as older professionals. As a fairly new resident of the Pittsburgh community, she has joined community orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and serves as principal chair of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. In her free time, Veronica enjoys finishing books from her rather long list, exercising and practicing self-care, and exploring new restaurants and sites in the city!

 

Stefanie Schore

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual 

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Stefanie completed her Masters in Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied violin performance with soloist, Ivan Zenaty and former Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster, Bill Preucil. Stefanie holds positions in a number of regional orchestras including the Akron Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic and performs regularly with various ensembles throughout PA and OH. She is also a current and founding member of both the North Coast and Drella String Quartets. In the summer of 2014 Stefanie joined the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she taught violin and chamber music as a member of their string quartet in residence.

Before moving to Cleveland for her studies, Stefanie spent several years studying, teaching and performing in Germany. She completed dual undergraduate degrees at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in violin performance and violin pedagogy, where she had the opportunity to study a wide range of teaching methods, including Suzuki, Roland, Kodaly and Sassmanshaus. Her primary teacher was Winfried Rademacher, (concertmaster of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra) and she completed orchestral studies with first violinist of SWR Stuttgart, Stephan Bornscheuer. Stefanie worked for five years as the head of the string department at the private music school ‘Musik im Zentrum.’ Several of her violin students won first and second prizes in the highly competitive youth music competition ‘Jugendmusiziert.’ Stefanie was awarded a contract with the Frankfurt Opera for the 2013 season where she worked with world-class conductors and artists, including Daniel Barenboim, Nicola Luisotti, Kirill Petrenko and Christian Tezlaff. She also served as concertmaster for the Konzerthaus Orchester Trossingen and performed with a wide range of chamber and orchestral ensembles in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Stefanie enjoys teaching motivated students from beginners to professionals, and she selects from a wide range of repertoire to match each student’s skills and interests.


 

Olga Taimanov

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin and Viola
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Olga Taimanov is a native of Leningrad and attended the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Leningrad, Russia. She graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory and earned her Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. Mrs. Taimanov has held numerous orchestral positions, such as Principal Violist of St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Mozarteum", Principal Violist of the State Symphony Orchestra "Klassica", and Associate Principal Viola of the Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra. Mrs. Taimanov’s orchestra experience also includes performances with the world renowned Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.She has performed under such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Y. Temirkanov.

Mrs. Taimanov’s chamber music experience includes performing at many international chamber music festivals such as "Abu-Gosh" in Israel, "Villa Music" in Germany, "The White Nights" in Russia and "Goetehanum" in Switzerland. Mrs. Taimanov has received awards including winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition in 2001 and being nominated for the National All-American Scholar Collegiate Award in 2002. Mrs. Taimanov continues to be an active performer and teacher. Her busy schedule includes solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. In the past she performed with numerous orchestras around Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Opera as well as the Wheeling Symphony and Three Rivers City orchestra in WV. She is a former member of Erie Philharmonic, currently an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon.


 

Robert Kaufman

Focus Area: Cello
Instruments: Cello
Rate: $29 for 30 minute lesson, or $55 per hour
Locations: Virtual

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Robert Kaufman is a professional cellist and native of Pittsburgh, PA. Robert holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from Duquesne University and a M.M. in Cello Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He has studied with Anne Martindale-Williams and Adam Liu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Alan Stepansky of the New York Philharmonic. He performs with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member and cellist of the Pittsburgh-based Ferrum String Quartet.

Robert began his musical education at the age of 6 with the piano, and began studying the cello at age 9. As a young musician, he won principal positions with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and made his first solo debut with orchestra with the Upper St. Clair Chamber Orchestra at the age of 15. Since that time, Robert has performed throughout the United States and around the world, including performances at venues in a number of cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, Miami, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Bratislava.

In addition to numerous performances of major works in the standard repertoire, Robert enjoys studying new music written by modern composers. He has worked as a guest artist with professional contemporary music ensembles like Symphony Number One, Kamratōn, and Nat 28. Robert also enjoys playing early music, a genre he has explored in his studies of the Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello. Robert is a strong advocate of teaching and sharing music with people of all ages and backgrounds. He worked as the co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductorless string orchestra whose mission is to share music with underprivileged communities in the Baltimore area. He teaches privately and has given talks and taught clinics to parents and students at public schools in Maryland and in Pennsylvania. In his free time, Robert enjoys literature and cooking.

 

Will Teegarden

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Cello
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Will Teegarden enjoys a varied career as a cellist and teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. He actively performs in various regional orchestras throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, holding the associate principal cello chair in the Erie Philharmonic, as well as positions in the Columbus, Canton, Youngstown, and Westmoreland Symphonies. Additionally, he frequently performs with local companies such as Resonance Works PGH, Front Porch Theatricals, and the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. A strong advocate for new music, Will often collaborates with composers and performs their works with Alia Musica and NAT 28 contemporary music ensembles, the latter of which he has garnered critical acclaim as a featured soloist with the group.

He performs frequently as a substitute cellist in the New World Symphony (Miami, FL), and has performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic, under conductors Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Bamert, Yan Pascal Tortelier, JoAnn Falleta, among others. He holds degrees in music from the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with cellists Steven Thomas, David Premo, and Anne Martindale Williams. At Carnegie Mellon, he served as Co-Principal Cello, and earned first prize with his colleagues in the school's Silberman Chamber Music Competition with an enthusiastically received rendition of Oliver Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps". Additionally, Will has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festivals.

With proper guidance, Will believes that any student can succeed in and find great joy in music making. He strives to teach every student as comprehensively and holistically as possible so that they, too, can find great happiness from a large wooden box with metal strings

Percussion & Drum Set

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Justin Kelly

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Percussion, Drum Set
Rate: $28 per 30-minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Virtual

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Justin Kelly is a drummer and percussionist performing and teaching the Pittsburgh area. After picking up the sticks for the first time in 5th grade, Justin went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University and Manhattan School of Music, studying with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Opera. Justin is equally at home playing in an orchestra, a jazz trio, or a recording studio, and can be seen doing all three in venues across the city. In addition to drumming, Justin enjoys writing, DJing, and an occasional game of chess.

Piano

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Sun Chang

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $32 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Sun is a pianist and harpsichordist who is now in the Pittsburgh area. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s in piano performance, and from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Master’s in harpsichord performance.

She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Utah Symphony and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and was a featured artist on “Live from WFMT.” However, she enjoys chamber music the most and has traveled all over the world on a cruise ship as part of a piano quintet!

Educating people has been a major part of Sun’s musical journey. She has over a decade of experience, but what sets her apart is her approach to music as a holistic endeavour. She believes that music education can and should be fun, inclusive, challenging, and life-changing, and equips her students with tools that they can apply not only to piano practice but also to many aspects of their lives.

For more information, visit sunchangmusic.com.


 

Brina Davis

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Brina Davis received her Bachelors degree in music and psychology from Saint Vincent College in 2016. She specializes in private and group piano lessons for all ages. Outside of teaching piano, Brina enjoys assisting in master classes, hosting student recitals, and managing childcare services. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Club and the Music Teachers National Association.


 

Melinda Plowman

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $24 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Golden Mile

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Melinda Plowman is a graduate of Clarion State University with a graduate study at Indiana University of PA. She is a trained classical pianist with extensive performance experience. She has taught piano privately for Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, Murphy’s Music Studio, and Open Door Christian Academy. She is an accomplished accompanist for the Kiski Area High School and Junior High School Choirs. She previously accompanied Highlands, Leechburg, Apollo Ridge, and St. Joseph’s High School Choirs. Melinda has also accompanied several musicals, including: The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Hello Dolly, Camelot, and My Fair Lady. She has also accompanied the Natrona Heights Rotary Club Concerts.


 

Cara Remaley

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Cara, a Pittsburgh native, has been interested in music her whole life. Beginning with the flute at age 9, she took private lessons and played in her school's band and church's orchestra. After beginning the piano in high school, she decided to pursue her passion of music at Grove City College, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Music in 2011. During college, she played in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Flute Choir, and Flute Quartet. Upon graduation, Cara began teaching private flute and piano lessons, which she currently teaches at Johnstonbaugh's Music Center, averaging 20-30 students.

Beginning in 2013, Cara began her freelance performing career at local nursing homes in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Currently, she performs at 25-30 nursing homes per month including assisted living, dementia care, and independent living facilities.

She also performs for Weddings Ceremonies and Cocktail Hours, Funeral/Memorial Services, and Special Events such as Art Shows, Anniversary Dinners, Phipps Conservatory, and Kentuck Knob.

In her spare time, Cara enjoys running, being involved with her church, and spending time with her fiance Philip and her 2 nieces.

Cara began working for Duquesne University's City Music Center in September 2019.

Cara is also a substitute flute player for the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.

 

Lisa Rae Vaughn

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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A professional pianist and flautist with extensive classical training and performance experience, Lisa Rae Vaughan is Executive Director for the Lisa Rae Music Studios, LLC. In 1994, Ms. Vaughan implemented a network of community-centric teaching studios and has supervised the music education of more than 1000 students ages birth to 85.

At Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers, Ms. Vaughan offers private piano lessons. Students are prepared and afforded opportunities to participate in studio-wide recitals, piano competitions, professional evaluations, and Music Clubs Festivals.

Ms. Vaughan graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a Bachelor of Science double degree in Electrical / Computer Engineering and Engineering Public Policy. It was at the prestigious CMU that she studied classical piano with Nelson Whitaker. First trained in classical and sacred music by her mother, Natheleen Murphy Vaughan, she broadened her musical horizons through private studies with flautist James Walker, formerly of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and co-founder of the jazz ensemble "Free Flight". She has also attended the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, KY, and most recently, studied jazz piano with the national touring pianist, Frank Cunimondo.

Voice

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Daphne Alderson

Focus Area: Voice
Instruments: Voice
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Daphne Alderson’s diverse career as lyric contralto includes opera, cabaret, oratorio, and chamber music. Her voice has been described as, “Haunting and mesmerizing.” Ted Sohier, (WQED-fm, Pittsburgh). In duo with accordionist Vladimir Mollov: “An original, unique artist in Pittsburgh, or anywhere ...beautiful renderings of French songs and Piaf,” (Pittsburgh City Paper, Andy Mulkerin). A passionate champion of cabaret genre, combined with theater has forged a unique path in the classical music scene. Stravinsky’s opera farce, MAVRA is a return to her roots in opera and a whole new exploration of the Russian repertoire. This production will be relaunched in the Fall of 2021.

The 2020 season held several new projects: THESE DAYS, Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2020 Festival, Cerverii Circus: Satie Souvenir (Lake George Summer Festival), Daphne and Dietrich, and Lenya In The Light...the world of Lotte Lenya. The Lenya and Dietrich programs are commissioned from Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s summer festival seasons.

Ms. Alderson debuted the role of Older Alice in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s acclaimed premiere of Gilda Lyons/Tammy Ryan’s: A NEW KIND OF FALLOUT, called “Haunting and memorable.”(Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Other PFO appearances include her celebrated, “Piaf at Carnegie Hall, 1956.” Her Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music garnered: “Luscious, dark tones, an accomplished rendering.” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review and City Paper for Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh SummerFest). Other roles include Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s acclaimed production of Poulenc’s DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, Microscopic Opera’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Agnes), Thomas Albert’s LIZBETH (Abby Borden) and the world premiere of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Helen Cooper). Other recent credits include AINADAMAR with Quantum Theatre and Miss Baggott in Benjamin Britten’s LITTLE SWEEP.

A Hallelujah at Love Café is a celebration of new versions of the folk rock movement that Leonard Cohen helped to create. It also features songs of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, moving her intimate contralto into a new realm:

Daphne and the St. Michel Chamber Band is a fusion of chamber music and folk/pop with John Marcinizyn, guitarist, Elisa Kohanski, cellist and accordionist Vladimir Mollov. Her latest recording, JOAN OF ARC was released world-wide: Piaf chansons and Leonard Cohen ballads. Ms. Alderson toured extensively through the Eastern U.S. in Songs That Oscar Taught Me, a cabaret style tribute to Oscar Hammerstein and All Hear, All Judy, the songs of Judy Garland, and A Girl In Paris, World War II...arranged by Douglas Levine.

A concert tour with Philadelphia based pianist Norma Meyer: WE REMEMBER...THE INNER LIFE OF ANNE FRANK (Carnegie Hall in Carnegie), featured works by Mahler, Poulenc, Weill and Michael Cohen’s stunning “I REMEMBER.” Her most recent recital of the French chansons of Debussy, Hahn and Faure in Philadelphia was featured in MauriceRiver Concerts.

Her duo with guitarist John Marcinizyn toured through parts of Central and South America, as musical ambassadors for the Institute for Shipboard Education. The Piaf concerts for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Paris Festival hailed, “Not to be missed!” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Notable collaborations include Chatham Baroque, Bricolage Theater and IonSound Project. As private voice teacher and director of opera studies, she is emeritus faculty as Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Seton Hill University, now actively maintains a private studio and is part of new faculty at Pittsburgh’s Johnstonbaugh Music School. She lives in Pittsburgh with husband John Marcinizyn and a striped cat named Viola.

 

Liz Rishel

Focus Area: Voice
Instruments: Voice
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Liz Rishel, a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and regularly performs roles for Coloratura Soprano. She recently played Frasquita in Undercroft Opera’s Carmen, and Lady Psyche in The Pittsburgh Savoyards 2013 Production of Princess Ida.

In October of 2010, she and artistic partner Bonnie Bogovich composed, produced and performed their own original multi-media opera entitled Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which Rishel also costumed. Funded by generous grants from the Sprout Fund and the Heinz Endowments, the opera enjoyed remarkable success during it’s first sold-out run, prompting encore performances for two more consecutive seasons.

Liz also recently had the pleasure of costuming Opera Theater’s production of the Frank Lloyd Wright opera biography, The Shining Brow, which was performed in their annual Summerfest and also at Falling Water.

When she is not teaching or performing, Rishel frequently sews for business or pleasure, occasionally working with independent filmmakers and cosplayers. Her favorite roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), The Five-Year-Old (The Proposal), and Antonia (Man of LaMancha).

Guitar

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Craig "Izzy" Arlet

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, beginner Accordion
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Craig “Izzy” Arlet graduated from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 1997 with an award for Best Jazz Student, and immediately started an international performance career. From 1998 to 2003 he worked as a touring musician, performing everything from hip-hop to country & western to traditional Cuban son montuno with various ensembles throughout the U.S. and Central America. His performance credits include Clay Aiken, Mr. Cleve Duncan and the Penguins (original singer of “Earth Angel”), Pittsburgh swing band Dr Zoot, jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, oldies group The Magic Moments, spoken word artist Christiane D, The John Parker Band, Guaracha Latin Dance Band, the Reggie Watkins Octet, and many more. He has been teaching full-time since coming off the road in 2003. A multi-instrumentalist, he can teach guitar (acoustic or electric), mandolin, banjo, accordion, ukulele, steel guitar (pedal and lap), and resophonic guitar (dobro).


 

Mark Antonich

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Virtual

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Mark Antonich preaches his love of guitar and music in many places. He is an adjunct faculty member in the music departments of Westminster College, Thiel College, and Waynesburg University. ln addition to his guitar duties at these schools, he also teaches jazz improvisation, guitar master classes, group guitar class, and guitar ensemble.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark received his undergraduate degree in music from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in music theory from Duquesne University. He also graduated from the Guitar lnstitute of Technology in Los Angeles, California. While studying at the Guitar lnstitute in Los Angeles, Mark was voted one of the Outstanding Students of the Year. Los Angeles studio guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, presented him with a brand new ovation guitar as his award. ln phoenix, Arizona, Mark also had the opportunity to attend and perform in masterclasses with jazz guitar legends, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel.

As a guitarist, Mark is a freelance musician throughout the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. He has worked in the pit bands for numerous shows and musicals such as Grease, working, Godspell, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Trailer Park Musical. ln 2007, Mark toured and performed with, "The New Holidays" vocal group. That same year he recorded and contributed musical arrangements to the Holidays newest CD, "Why Do Fools Fall ln Love." The CD was released throughout the United States by the independent record label, "Collectible Records" and received extensive airplay on many oldies radio stations.

Mark is currently performing and recording as a founding member of the Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet. They perform many concerts throughout the area while conducting master classes and seminars at schools in the Pennsylvania/Ohio region.

 

Dan Burgun

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $109 monthly for weekly lessons
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park

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Dan Burgun graduated summa cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Music with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. He is a versatile musician, adept in pop/rock formats and specializing in jazz and classical guitar. He maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule in the Pittsburgh area and favors a personalized teaching style, adapted to the need and goals of each student. Dan has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Matt Korbanic

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $100 monthly, or $29 for 30 minute lessons
Locations: Virtual, Allison Park, Golden Mile

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“Exceptional talent with virtuoso technique” writes Mike Cimballa, music critic and violinist with the Charlotte Symphony of his lyrical interpretations of his music. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, Matthew Korbanic has earned a masters degree in classical guitar performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Some of his noted teachers have been Dr. Nathan Davis, James Ferla, and Joe Negri. As a player on the newly innovated 8 string “Brahms” style guitar by Paul Galbraith, he has toured the east coast and mid-west and has received grants to study with Mr. Galbraith. He has been a return performer with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a soloist and as a member of a flute and guitar duo, he has been presented live on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. He has released a CD of original guitar compositions through his own record label titled “Orbit”. Click here to visit his website.

Act 33/34

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This means that the teacher has received Act 33/34 Clearances from the State of Pennsylvania. Act 33/34 Clearances are designed to ensure that people who work with children have a record clear of child abuse and crime. All schools in Pennsylvania require that teachers and school staff have Act 33/34 Clearances. In June of 2005, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers implemented a policy that all new teachers are required to have Act 33/34 Clearances.

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