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The School of Music Pre-College program employs a core faculty of professors, conductors, and instructors from its world-class conservatory program and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Joining the core faculty will be working professionals engaged especially for the Pre-College program. To request specific information about our faculty, please contact us. 

Private Studios

Bass: Micah Howard
Bassoon: James Whipple
Cello: Paula Tuttle 
Chamber Music: Luz Manriquez
Clarinet: Kenneth Keeling 
Composition: Mark Fromm
Conducting: Daniel CurtisDrew Fennell
Euphonium: Philip VanOuse
Flute: Julie McGough
French Horn: Jason Allison
Guitar: Jim Ferla
Harp: Gretchen Van Hoesen
Improvisation: Leslie Purcell Upchurch
Jazz Improvisation: Eric DeFade, Tim Tucker
Jazz Piano: Christopher Capizzi
Jazz Voice: Betsy Lawrence
Oboe: information upon request​
Percussion: Colin Pinto-Martin
Piano: Carla LaRocca 
Saxophone: Eric DeFade
Songwriting: Chris Capizzi
Trombone: Carl Jackson
Trumpet: Drew Fennell
Tuba: Philip VanOuse
Viola: information upon request​
Violin: Anne Moskal
Voice: Stephen Totter, Katy Shackleton Williams
Bagpipes: information upon request
Organ: information upon request

Summer Ensembles/Clinics*

Millenium Symphony Orchestra: Daniel Curtis
Brass Ensemble: Drew Fennell, Carl Jackson, Philip VanOuse
Chamber Music: Luz Manriquez
Concert Choir: Guy Russo
Guitar Clinic: Jim Ferla
Improvisation Ensemble: Chris Capizzi
Jazz Choir: Tim Tucker
Jazz Ensemble: Eric DeFade
Jazz Clinic: Eric DeFade
Percussion Ensemble: Colin Pinto-Martin
String Clinic: Paula Tuttle
Wind Ensemble: Drew Fennell
Woodwind Clinic: Lenny Young

*Clinics include a mixture of master classes, literature/repertoire discussions, and instrument-specific ensemble playing.


Acting: Michael Fuller
Composer’s Forum: Mark Fromm
Convocation: Staff
Dance: Attack Theater
Eurhythmics: Leslie Purcell Upchurch
Jazz Improvisation: Chris Capizzi
Music History Seminar: Ken Keeling, Lenny YoungJames Whipple
Music Technology: Ben Opie
Music Theory: Sarah Steranka
Opera Workshop: Raquel Winnica Young
Piano Seminar: Donna Amato
Recording Techniques: Colin Pinto-Martin
Solfege: Anne Moskal
Voice Class: Stephen Totter

Faculty are subject to change