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


Scott Albert

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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.


Janice Coppola

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

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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 free lance 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 director’s 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, and 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 Bridgeville, 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.


Marino Galluzzo

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

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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.


Shelly LeFebvre

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

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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 music teacher (grades PreK-8) at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Hopewell, PA. Shelly has spent the past fifteen years teaching instrumental, vocal, and general music music PreK-12 and library and computer K-12 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


Suzanne Levinson

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

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Suzanne Levinson is a free-lance flutist and teacher, who has performed in Pittsburgh for the past 23 years. A specialist in chamber music and concertizing, she has given recitals and concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada, including being heard on WQED-FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh. A 1983 graduate of Duquesne University’s Conservatory dept., Ms. Levinson studied with Bernard Goldberg & Julius Baker. She has been a private flute, piccolo, and piano teacher in the South Hills for the past 32 years. In addition to having done free-lance music & theatre reviews, Ms. Levinson is an avid arranger, transcriber, and composer, focusing on small chamber groups, particularly flute & cello. As a teacher, she believes that music enters a child’s or adult’s life for a reason, and whatever they do with it can be meaningful. The primary goal is to learn, improve, and be challenged, but also to have fun and be joyous.


Mike Menzietti

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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 masters degree in Saxophone Performance and is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Amanda Sage

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


Rachael Stutzman-Cohen

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

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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 master classes 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.

Brittany Trotter

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

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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!

Brass

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Michael Buckstein

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet and French Horn
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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. He currently attends the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, as well as a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification. His primary teachers include Karl Priore (Pitt) and Dr. Kevin Eisensmith (IUP).

Michael has a wealth of musical experiences, and 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 passionate music educator, and has taught in a variety of settings. He maintains a private studio of trumpet and horn students, and he also is the Executive Director of “Brass Camp”, a summer brass camp for students in grades 5-12. 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. As Assistant Director of the Plum High School Band, he has brought in various guest clinicians (such as The Brass Roots and Professor Alan Hood), organized extracurricular 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.


Amy Kuehn

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

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Amy is originally from the State of Ohio where she spent 20 years teaching grades 5-12 instrumental music in her local public school district. During her tenure as a teacher she also performed with both professional and civic ensembles. These include the Emperors of Swing, Gabriel’s Horns, Seasonal Brass, The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Lakeland Civic Band, The University of Akron summer brass ensemble and other various free lance and community ensembles/theatre. Her academic History includes a BA in Music Education from Cleveland State University and MA in Music Education from the University of Akron. Her studio teachers include: Jim Taylor, Tucker Jolly and Ed Zadrozny. As a public and private low brass instructor and educator her students would regularly and successfully participate in adjudicated solo and ensemble events, All-Ohio State Fair Band, receive appointments to Collegiate Honors Bands and overall experience the enjoyment that comes with an active, productive and successful participation in their school ensembles. Since relocating to Pennsylvania she has been teaching students at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center and is currently performing with the West Moreland Symphonic Winds and community ensembles.

Matthew McCormack

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

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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.

Ryan Moser

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trombone / Low Brass
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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.


Alan Skwarla

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville and Gibsonia

 

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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 Teegarden

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

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Southwestern Michigan native Molly Teegarden 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 Teegarden 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.

Strings

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Stefanie Schore

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

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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.


Robert Kaufman

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

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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.


Olga Taimanov

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin and Viola
Rate: $28 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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.


Veronica Lopez

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

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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!

Will Teegarden

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

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Nick Huneycutt

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Orchestral Percussion
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

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Nicholas Huneycutt is a freelance percussionist and educator located in the greater Pittsburgh area. Currently, Nicholas keeps busy as a founding member of NAT 28, a new music ensemble that features both Pittsburgh area composers and musicians. You can see him playing drum set all across Pittsburgh with his brass funk group, The Employees of Funk. Nicholas also maintains an extensive teaching schedule at Carnegie Mellon University as an adjunct professor, the CMU Prep School, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center, and Sunburst School of Music. His freelancing career has brought him to perform with fantastic regional and national groups including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works, and the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. His performance experience behind drum set has brought him to play alongside Jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous, and Luis Marin from Puerto Rico.

Nicholas holds both a Master’s Degree and an Advanced Musical Studies Certificate in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where his principal teachers were Jeremy Branson (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Paul Evans (River City Brass), and Christopher Allen (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX), where he studied with Dr. John Lane and Chris Riggs (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra). Nicholas is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Festival, where he studied with Chip Ross (Rochester Philharmonic) and Gwendolyn Dease (Michigan State University) and has also spent a summer in Maine performing at the Pierre Monteux Music Festival alongside Carlos Avila (Puerto Rico Symphony).

Nicholas is an artist with Artifact Percussion, and proudly endorses their products and services.

Piano

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Sunyoung Cook

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

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Sunyoung earned her master’s degree in electronic music composition from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. She began playing piano at age 7, and has performed and taught students of all ages in the U.S. and South Korea. In addition to teaching and playing the piano, Sunyoung has worked as a composer of video game music since 2011.

You can visit her professional website at www.sunyoungcook.com


Brina Davis

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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: $23 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: 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 Rozgonyi

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

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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.

Valerie Stipcak

Focus Area: Piano, Voice, and Organ
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

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Valerie Stipcak holds a bachelor of music in sacred music degree from Seton Hill University (2009) in Greensburg, PA and a master of sacred music degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA (2013). She studied piano, organ, and voice at both universities. She is currently the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church (Connellsville) and Reunion Presbyterian Church (Mount Pleasant). Miss Stipcak formerly served at churches in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. She has a private music studio at Asbury United Methodist Church (Uniontown) and she also teaches in-home lessons in Indiana and Westmoreland Counties. She also accompanied the private voice studio of a local opera singer. She regularly plays for weddings, funerals, cocktail piano hours, and other events.

While living in Atlanta, Miss Stipcak had the opportunity to play for a televised memorial service in City Hall and she also played for chapel services for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She worked as a Music Administrator for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, one of the largest Methodist churches in the country with a successful music ministry.

She was formerly the music director for Carousel the musical at Saint Vincent College, the pianist for the pit for Crazy for You at Belle Vernon High School, and vocal director and pianist for Sister Act at Jeannette High School.

Her students know her as “Miss Val.” She offers two recitals a year, one in the fall and one in the spring,at the Allison Park store for her students. Her piano and voice students have won awards, gotten solos in concerts, gotten accepted into auditioned choirs, and gotten lead parts in musicals.

She resides in Blairsville. She has a rescue Shih Tzu, Arvo, named for Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

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Liz Rishel

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

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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).

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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: 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).

Dan Burgun

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $105 monthly for weekly lessons
Locations: 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: $98 monthly, or $27 for 30 minute lessons
Locations: Allison Park

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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.


Chris Putt

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Mandolin
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

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Christopher Putt is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from the southwestern PA area, specializing in Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, and lap steel guitar. Chris graduated in 2012 from the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Songwriting. In addition to his songwriting experience, his Berklee career instilled a solid foundation of basic to advanced ear training, music theory, and performance techniques. Residing in the Pittsburgh area, he has dedicated his time and efforts to every facet of music possible. Whether it be teaching, performing, recording, or writing, he believes in a strong sense of self, and a can-do attitude to encourage all students and fellow musicians to strive their hardest to not just make music, but enjoy and prosper happily. You can catch him playing frequently with his group Elkhound, which released their debut album in November of 2018.

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Ryan Kantner

Focus Area: Percussion, Bass, Guitar
Instruments: Drumset, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $90 per month tuition
Locations: Allison Park

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Ryan Kantner is a professional musician and educator in the greater Pittsburgh area, and has been actively studying and performing music for over twenty years. Ryan teaches and performs on a variety of instruments, but mainly specializes in acoustic and electric guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set and percussion, while also maintaining a healthy interest in ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and singing. Ryan has performed live and in the studio with many different types of groups, ranging from rock, jazz, blues and funk, to country, classical, marching bands and klezmer.

From a teaching point of view, Ryan seeks to impart his students with musical skills and values that are useful in real-life applications. Rather than just focusing on rote book knowledge and the memorization of facts, lesson time is spent learning how to ask good questions, think critically, and to be aware of the physical and mental hurdles that can get in the way of music making.

Ryan is a 2007 graduate of West Chester University, where he studied percussion, upright bass, and literature. Since then, he has been busy as a performer, educator, and amateur etymologist.

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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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