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This program offers the opportunity for two intensive full-time semesters of study with the outstanding faculty of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.  A bachelor's degree is a required pre-requisite.  Enrollment as a part-time student is not an option.

Depending on the nature of the program concentration, a student may be admitted either to further enhance already developed musical/technical skills or to newly acquire additional skills. Students will receive instruction related to their program concentration and goals and objectives. This unique focused and individualized program is suitable for a wide array of students – from recent graduates to professionals. Curriculum Information can be found here and under the curriculum link above.

Program Concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Individual Performance (instrumental, vocal, piano, organ)
  • Chamber Music
  • Composition
  • Orchestral Performance
  • Piano Maintenance
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Audio Recording and Production

 

Individual Performance: 


STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the studio faculty in their applied area. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of technique and/or performance repertoire as proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Participation in School of Music ensembles may be required if determined by the studio teacher to be relevant for the student’s proposal.
 

LITERATURE AND REPERTOIRE – This course provides students with an array of activities related to performance and professional development that are only partially covered by their regular studio lessons. 


ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include performance projects, research projects and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 


Audio Recording and Production: 


PROJECTS – Recording Studio projects will take place in both the recording studio and the concert hall, and will include both recording and the editing and mastering process—seeing selected projects through from beginning to end. Editing and mastering of these events will be specifically for radio broadcast. The studio projects could include student or faculty full-CD projects; community artists; working bands and groups (jazz, rock, world music, etc.). The concert hall projects could include recording and sound reinforcement for regularly scheduled ensemble concerts in on- and off-campus venues, working in conjunction with the School of Music Recording Engineer and the recording crew. 


SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music, audio, video, and related areas. 


ELECTIVES – Electives could include the following activities, available as independent study or internship opportunities: creating audio promos for School of Music Events, engineering CMU Podcast recordings, mastering video recordings for the School of Music website, and recording audio and/or video demos for music students applying to summer programs or other auditions. 


Composition: 


STUDIO – Students will have individual weekly lessons with a member of the composition studio faculty. These lessons will concentrate on aspects of composition as proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. 
 

SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music theory, music cognition, sound synthesis, recording, and related areas. 

ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include research projects in the area of composition and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 


Piano Maintenance: 


PIANO MAINTENANCE COURSES – Students will take courses in the tuning and servicing of vertical and grand pianos, acoustics, business, history, and practicums in the direct application of piano maintenance techniques, including tuning, repair, and rebuilding. Satisfactory completion of this concentration will help prepare the student for the Piano Technician’s Guild certification exams.
 

SUPPORT COURSES – All students will take Sound Recording. Other courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in related areas.
 

ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include research projects in the area of piano maintenance and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule. 


Piano Pedagogy
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 PIANO PEDAGOGY COURSES – Students will take Piano Pedagogy I and III during the fall semester, and Piano Pedagogy II and IV and Beginning Piano for Children during the spring semester. 
 

SUPPORT COURSES – These courses will be chosen from a limited number of carefully selected classes that are offered throughout the university in music, piano, and related areas. 


ELECTIVES – A wide variety of Independent Study proposals with a member (or members) of the Carnegie Mellon faculty may be approved. These may include research projects in the area of piano pedagogy and any other approved area of study. Or, students may propose to enroll in a relevant class chosen from the existing School of Music or University class schedule.

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Douglas Ahlstedt

Professor of Voice, tenor

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Douglas Ahlstedt has sung professionally in the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls, from the renowned stages of Europe, South America, the Far East, and Africa, to the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung 189 performances to date. He is the only American tenor featured in leading roles, including Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff and Pelleas in Dubussy's Pelleas et Melisande on the James Levine 25th Anniversary Collection of notable scenes from Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

Leading roles of Ahlstedt's career have included Lindoro in Rossini's Lâ Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Narciso in Turco in Italia, Idreno in Semiramide, Pilade in Ermione and Ramiro in La Cenerentola; Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff; Pelleas in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande; Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Sifare in Mitridate, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alessandro in Il Re Pastore; Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi; Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; Lorenzo in Auber's Fra Diavolo; Junge Graf in Zimmermann's Die Soldaten; Flammand in Strauss's Capriccio; and Eisenstein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Douglas Ahlstedt's singing career began with the American Boys' Choir, with whom he toured the United States and Canada. During that period, he sang the role of Miles in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Ahlstedt earned a bachelor of science in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and completed his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

In addition to his notoriety as a worldwide performer, Ahlstedt is known to be a formidable educator both in his studio and throughout the nation. Active in the promotion of arts, cultural, and education partnerships, Douglas Ahlstedt is well known as a national advocate for the advancement of the Arts in Education and as an authority on vocal health.

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Alberto Almarza

Associate Professor of Flute

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Described as a virtuoso flutist by the Boston Globe, Alberto Almarza brings a unique and passionate approach to music. His versatility and musicianship have led him to perform and record some of the most adventurous and challenging pieces from the music of today as well as works from the standard repertoire and Baroque literature on period instruments.

A native of Chile, Mr. Almarza previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. He later came to the United States to study with Jeanne Baxtresser in New York and with Julius Baker at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he obtained his master's degree. He currently serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon as Associate Teaching Professor of Flute. 

His skills as a pedagogue, lecturer and recitalist have led to invitations from international festivals in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. He is a resident artist and member of the faculty at The Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class and has been recently appointed to the National Flute Association Advisory Board for New Music.

Mr. Almarza has appeared as soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Memphis Symphony, BachFest Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Chile and has collaborated with such artists as Julius Baker, Andrés Cárdenes, Lionel Party and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among others. As a leading proponent of new music for the flute, Mr. Almarza has been instrumental in expanding the repertoire with numerous commissions and premieres of works by composers from around the world. Pieces written for him include five flute concertos and dozens of solo and chamber works. 

He can be heard on radio broadcasts of International Music from Carnegie Mellon throughout North and South America, on compact discs from New Albion, Albany Records and Centaur Recordings as well as on a recently released Naxos Records compact disc of the Flute Concerto by Reza Vali with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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Jennifer Aylmer

Assistant Professor of Voice, soprano

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American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals, and impeccable musicianship. The New York Times has hailed her for her, "awesome accuracy," while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, "bask in the aural delight of Aylmer's dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction." This season Jennifer is a guest artist at Virginia Tech and Stony Brook Universities, and is soloist with the National Chorale at their annual Messiah sing-in.  Recent engagements include a return to Portland Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, performances of Despina in Cosí fan tutte for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in addition to concerts with the Haydn Orchestra, Skaneateles Music Festival, and Kansas City Symphony. She will be making her Dallas Opera debut in 2014.

Recently, Jennifer made her debut singing Monica in The Medium with Spoleto Festival USA and has appeared as a soloist with Lyric Fest!, the Sarasota Performing Arts series, the New York Festival of Song, and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward in their Tin Pan Alley concert program.  Ms. Aylmer has performed the title role in Rodelinda with Portland Opera, and as Martha in the new opera John Brown with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, as Hannah in Opera New Jersey’s The Merry Widow, and as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel for her Atlanta Opera debut, which she also covered for the Metropolitan Opera. Other favorite operatic engagements have included the title role in Semele with Florentine Opera, Kathie in The Student Prince with Nashville Opera, Mařenka in The Bartered Bride with Opera Boston, Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath at Utah Opera and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Green Mountain Festival. Additionally, Jennifer has enjoyed a long career at the New York City Opera, where her roles included Gretel, Pamina, Papagena, Barbarina, and leading heroines in Handel's Flavio, Ariodante, and Orlando. Other highlights in the opera arena include leading roles in Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Street Scene, Falstaff, and The Turn of the Screw with such companies as Minnesota Opera, Orlando Opera, Utah Opera, the Aspen Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Opera, and Berkshire Opera. With Austin Lyric Opera she has performed both Gilda in Rigoletto and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera studio, she created the role of Amy in the world premiere of Mark Adamo's Little Women.

Jennifer made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2005-2006 season as Bella in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy. She returned to the Met the following season as Papagena in the first world-wide broadcast of Julie Taymor's The Magic Flute.  Also that season, she returned to the Alabama Symphony for Mozart's Requiem, and their "Viennese New Year's Concert."  Other engagements at the Met include covering Clorinda, Gretel, Berta, and Mme. Pdtochina's Daughter in The Nose.   

Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and an especially sought-after recitalist, Jennifer has been a featured soloist with the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy, the Phoenix Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Beijing Music Festival. She sang Eurydice in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, and during the summer of 2005 made her San Francisco debut singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas. Jennifer made her New York recital debut as the 2001 recipient of the Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital from the Juilliard School and has been presented across the country by the Marilyn Horne Foundation. A native of Long Island, Ms. Aylmer is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center. She also received her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and currently teaches voice at the Seagle Music Colony.  Her many honors and awards include a Career Grant from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant from the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

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Leonardo Balada

University Professor of Composition

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A native of Spain, Leonardo Balada graduated from Barcelona's Conservatorio del Liceu and the Juilliard School. Balada's works have been performed by the world's leading orchestras, including the philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, Israel, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Washington DC, Prague, Dusseldorf, Barcelona, Jerusalem, the national orchestras of Ireland, Peru, Colombia, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the radio orchestras of Berne, Leipzig, Moscow, BBC, Luxembourg etc. conducted and performed by artists like Rostropovitch, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Nevill Marriner, Lopez-Cobos, Lukas Foss, Alicia de Larrocha, Yepes, Segovia, American Brass Quintet etc. Balada has been a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon School of Music since 1970 where he is University Professor of Composition. 

He has been commissioned by the Aspen Festival, San Diego Opera, the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lausanne, National of Spain, Radio Berlin, and others, and has received several NEA awards. He has collaborated with Salvador Dali and Nobel Prize Laureate C.J. Cela. A large number of his compositions are recorded including Steel Symphony and Music for Oboe and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel. Naxos Records has released 16 CDs of his music including the operas “Christopher Columbus” and “The Death of Columbus”. “Christopher Columbus” was commissioned by the Spanish government for the 5th centennial of the Americas. It was premiered with Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe and received international acclaim. The Washington Times described the opera as “a masterpiece…a landmark score in the lyric theater of our time”. Balada has received several international awards, such as the B. Martinu, City of Zaragoza, and City of Barcelona. 

Recent world premieres of Balada's works includes: “A Little Night Music in Harlem” by the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra; “Concerto for Three Cellos and Orchestra” by the Berlin Radio Sym. Orch.; “Caprichos No.4-Quasi Jazz” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Cham. Orch.; the chamber operas “Hangman, Hangman!’ & “The Town of Greed” at Teatro de la Zarzuela-Madrid- and Teatre del Liceu-Barcelona; the grand opera “Faust-bal” at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

His principal publisher is G. Schirmer.
Click here, to visit his personal website.

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Jeanne Baxtresser

Vira I. Heinz University Professor of Flute

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Jeanne Baxtresser has held principal positions with three major orchestras, culminating in her 15-year tenure as Solo Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. Making her heralded debut with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 14, Ms. Baxtresser began her professional career as Principal Flutist of the Montreal Symphony immediately following her graduation from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker. She was subsequently appointed Principal Flute of the Toronto Symphony before being invited by Music Director Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Baxtresser appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic on more than fifty occasions, and has been featured as a soloist across North America and Europe. 

Ms. Baxtresser was named a recipient of the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for significant, lasting contributions to the flute world, and she was also awarded the National Medal of Arts from the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is recognized internationally as a leading recording artist, author and lecturer. 

In great demand as a teacher, many of Ms. Baxtresser's students occupy principal and section positions in major orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. While in New York, Ms. Baxtresser served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998, she was appointed the Vira I. Heinz Professor of Flute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she has attracted many outstanding flute students from around the world. Ms. Baxtresser was also named University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University's most distinguished professorial position awarded to those individuals who have achieved exceptional international recognition.

Ms. Baxtresser's exceptional career as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician has produced numerous recordings, including New York Legends—Jeanne Baxtresser (Cala), Jeanne Baxtresser—A Collection of My Favorites (MSR Classics), and Chamber Music for Flute (Cala), featuring her performances with principal players of the New York Philharmonic. She has recorded many of the major symphonic works with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur. 

Ms. Baxtresser's acclaimed first book, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Piano Accompaniment (Theodore Presser), has been re-released in a new revised edition. This book and a companion CD, Orchestral Excerpts for Flute with Spoken Commentary (Summit), have become a vital part of flute pedagogy. Her subsequent book, Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire, was named the 2004 winner of the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition.

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Scott Bell

Artist Lecturer in Oboe

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While a student, Mr. Bell served as Acting Principal Oboe with the Akron Symphony and played with the Cleveland Orchestra both in the Cleveland area and on tour. Now a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has also been a member of the Hartford Symphony, the New Orleans Symphony, and La Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz (Mexico). Mr. Bell has also appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Savannah Symphony. In summers, he has participated in the Santa Fe Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera, and the Waterloo Festival. 

Mr. Bell has been on the faculties of Tulane University, Northern Illinois University, Wesleyan University (CT), and Central Connecticut University. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in the fall of 1994. In 1982, Mr. Bell became the first oboist to win first prize in the Fernand Gillet Reed Soloist Competition sponsored by the International Double Reed Society. He has also won concerto competitions at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Neal Berntsen

Artist Lecturer in Trumpet

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Neal Berntsen joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in March 1997, having been appointed at the invitation of Music Director Lorin Maazel in 1996. He is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He began his musical studies at age five playing the violin under the tutelage of his mother. By age eight he advanced to the trumpet and ultimately received a B.M. from the University of Puget Sound and a M.M. from Northwestern University. A former member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Neal has also performed as principal trumpet for the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and the Bamberg Sinfoniker in Germany. Other orchestral performances have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Active as a chamber musician, Neal is a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass whose recordings: “BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE” (1998),“A CHRISTMAS CONCERT” (2000), “THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” (2003) and “A SONG OF CHRISTMAS” (2008) were described as “...Awhirl with color and rhythmic vitality - quite irresistible on every count.” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mr. Berntsen is also a founding member of the award-winning Asbury Brass Quintet of Chicago, about which Fanfare magazine stated, “Not only expert but musical...undeniable virtuosity.” The Asbury Brass Quintet recording with Adolph Herseth, “INTRODUCING THE ASBURY BRASS QUINTET” has become legendary. In June 2005 Mr. Berntsen toured Japan with members of the Chicago Symphony brass section with the Chicago Brass Soloists. As a soloist he recently performed the Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra and the Proto, Carmen Fantasy with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Other solo engagements have included the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Sedona Chamber Music Festival in Arizona. Mr. Berntsen’s performance of Copeland’s “Quiet City” was called a highlight of the 2005 season by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Mr. Berntsen’s solo recording TRUMPET VOICES was released in Nov. 2005. Andrew Druckenbrod, music critic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette called the recording, “Electric”. While Mark Kanny of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review stated, “Trumpet Voices is an indispensable recording for anyone who appreciates great trumpet playing.”

Neal Berntsen was a finalist and prizewinner in multiple International Trumpet Competitions. His wide ranging dicography includes: The Orchestras of Pittsburgh and Chicago, Manheim Steamroller, The American Girl Doll Christmas album and Michael Jackson. 

As an educator, Mr. Berntsen is Chair of the Brass Division and Artist Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. He has previously served on the faculty of Duquesne University and Valparaiso University in Indiana. He has been published in The Instrumentalist magazine, and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Mr. Berntsen has presented master classes and recitals around the world - most recently in China.

Mr. Berntsen is an active studio musician and was featured on a national series of commercials during the broadcast of the Olympic games in Atlanta. His performance on “America” sung by Diana Ross opened the women’s final tennis match of the 2001 US OPEN in Flushing Meadows New York. 

Neal Berntsen has studied with Adolph Herseth, Vincent Cichowicz and Manuel Laureano. He resides in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsyvlania with his wife Karen and three children Molly, Jacob, and Charlie.

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Raymond Blackwell

Vocal Coach & Staff Pianist

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Raymond Blackwell, baritone, coach, accompanist and voice teacher is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University. As a resident artist with Tri Cities Opera Mr. Blackwell sang many roles ranging from Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme to John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. He has also sung with Opera Delaware, Ithaca Opera, Opera at Florham, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Opera. He came to Pittsburgh in 1996 and served six seasons as coach and accompanist for the Pittsburgh Opera. He is now on the voice faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an artist lecturer, accompanist and voice coach. Other appointments include the voice faculty at Binghamton University and Mercyhurst College. 

Blackwell also works as a rehearsal accompanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Johnstown Symphony where he has had the opportunity to play for such great singers as Jessye Norman, Kallen Esperian, Thomas Quasthoff, Sherrill Milnes, and Suzanne Menzer, to name a few. In the summer of 2006, he played and sang a concert at the Singer Laren Museum in Holland in the presence of Queen Beatrix and made his Pittsburgh conducting debut with Undercroft Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

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Jeremy Branson

Artist Lecturer in Percussion

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Jeremy Branson is the Associate Principal Percussionist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mr. Branson was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During that time he also played regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Branson has performed under the batons of such conductors as James Conlon, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Andres Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. He has performed with notable artists including Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Renee Fleming, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Andre Watts. Mr. Branson has premiered works by composers such as John Adams, Richard Danielpour, Michael Gandolfi, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, Gyorgi Ligeti, Steven Mackey, and Christopher Theofanidis.

Mr. Branson earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University. He then earned his Masters of Music degree from Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Alan Abel. During his education, Mr. Branson attended the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Roundtop Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. 

Mr. Branson is the Chair of the Percussion Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He endorses Zildjian Cymbals, ProMark Sticks and Mallets, Remo drumheads, and Pearl/Adams Percussion.

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William Caballero

Associate Teaching Professor of Horn

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William Caballero joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in May 1989, coming from the Principal Horn post with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Previously he had been a member of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Hartford Symphony. 

Caballero also has played and been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Houston Grand Opera, l'Opera de Montreal, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. Summer Festivals include The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Bellingham Music Festival of Bellingham, Washington.

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Andrés Cárdenes

Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. University Professor
 of Violin, Artistic Director of Orchestral Studies

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Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. Plans to record Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto and the new version of the Viola Concerto are slated for 2012, along with other sonata recordings with pianist Ian Hobson. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011, with the complete Sonatas by Hindemith and the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Artek, to be released in the fall of 2011. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 65 works by American and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.

Mr. Cárdenes has twice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 will join the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai and the Mexican Red Cross. He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.

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Andrew Carlisle

Artist Lecturer, Director of Piping

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Andrew Carlisle, an internationally known, award-winning bagpiper from Northern Ireland, was named Carnegie Mellon director of piping in 2010. Carlisle will lead the university's pipe band, orchestrate its participation in competitions, university events and ceremonies, and promote the School of Music's bagpipe major. He succeeds James McIntosh, who has served as interim director since Alasdair Gillies left the university last fall.

Carlisle comes from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where he has taught in the undergraduate music program and has directed the university's Traditional Irish Ensemble.

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Mark Carver

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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Pianist Mark Carver was born in Mobile, Alabama and received his earliest musical training in Pittsburgh, PA from Jerry Veeck and Lorraine Gaal Landefeld. Other teachers include Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Natalie Phillips, and Ralph Zitterbart. International artists with whom he has studied are Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Ozan Marsh, John Ogdon, and Pierre Sancan. He has studied at the Chautauqua Institute (Chautauqua, NY), Académie Internationale d'Été (Nice, France), Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). Mr. Carver holds the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music.

He made his début with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and has been a guest artist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Plum Creek Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra. His début at age 17 at Carnegie Hall, New York, was with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble in the première of Introduction and Allegro by Philip Catelinet.



"Total command" and "delightful" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) are phrases used to describe Carver's performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the River City Brass Band. Called "a stalwart presence in the local music scene", his accompanying for the Pittsburgh Camerata has been regarded as "refined and tasteful" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

His discography includes Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano by Urtext Digital Classics (www.urtextonline.com) and Sacred Songs and Interludes: Music of Nancy Galbraith with the Pittsburgh Camerata (www.pittsburghcamerata.org).  In 2014, a second recording with Miss Rivera entitled Jessica Rivera Sings Canciones Hispanas (www.urtextonline.com) will be released.



Carver has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carnegie Award, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Youth and Major auditions, the Carnegie Mellon University Chamber Music Prize, and the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Award. He was the Grand Prize winner at the Cincinnati World Competition in 1975, which included a grant for summer study in France. He currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University, and as Artist-in-Residence for the Irma Gonzales Curso Magistral de Verano at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City. He is also Music Director at the church of St. John Vianney in South Pittsburgh.

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Rebecca Cherian

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Rebecca Cherian is Co-Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is a founding board member of the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) and was the editor of the IWBC newsletter for four years. Ms. Cherian began her professional career at the age of 16 as trombonist with the San Jose Symphony. At the age of 17, she appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, after winning first prize in the San Francisco Symphony's Young Musicians' Awards. Ms. Cherian also received the Atwater Kent Brass Award and the Outstanding Chamber Music Player Award at the Yale School of Music. Ms. Cherian earned her B.M. degree from the California Institute of the Arts and her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music. Before becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1989, she held the position of Principal Trombone with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She was also faculty trombone instructor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Connecticut in Storrs, and Wesleyan University.

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Murray Crewe

Artist Lecturer in Bass Trombone

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Murray Crewe was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He began his musical studies on piano at the age of five. At the age of twelve he started playing the tuba, adding the tenor trombone at age fifteen. Mr. Crewe switched to bass trombone in 1979 while attending the University of British Columbia and completed his degree in 1982 having studied with Douglas Sparkes, bass trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Back to back grants from the Canada Council for the Performing Arts enabled Mr. Crewe to continue his studies in Chicago for two years, studying with master teachers and performers Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs and Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During his stay in Chicago while studying to become a symphonic bass trombonist Mr. Crewe received extensive exposure to jazz, performing on the Chicago nightclub circuit with veterans of the great big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson, to name a few.

In 1984 Mr. Crewe began his symphonic career, joining the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, in Quebec City. In 1987 he became the first Canadian bass trombonist to win an audition for a major American orchestra, joining the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City.

In 1989 he joined the Toronto Symphony, performing both in Toronto and around the world before joining the Pittsburgh Symphony in the fall of 1993.

Mr. Crewe has performed and recorded with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Utah, Quebec, Chicago and Vancouver, and has backed up many of the world's most famous artists in both the classical and popular idioms. He maintains an active teaching schedule, having been on the faculties of Weber State College, the University of Toronto and, currently, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Crewe lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Linda and their two children, Ralph and Emilie.

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Michele de la Reza

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Michele de la Reza is co-founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, whose work has been presented throughout the US and in Switzerland, Japan, Monaco, Germany, France, Indonesia and Turkey. With co-artistic director Peter Kope, they made their Broadway debut in 2000 as choreographers for Squonk. They have choreographed and performed in ten productions with Pittsburgh Opera ranging from Carmen and Rigoletto to Dead Man Walking and Samson & Dalila. With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, they choreographed and performed in Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat featuring Pinchas Zuckerman and annually in the Holiday Pops series. They have collaborated with theater companies (Quantum Theatre), museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Frick Art Museum, Mattress Factory), and international dance companies (Japan’s Nibroll Collective and Belgium’s Compagnie Matteo Moles). Michele was a leading dancer with Dance Alloy and NYC-based Perks DanceMusicTheatre and is the recipient of three PA Council on the Arts fellowships and Hardie Educator of the Year. 

Attack Theatre is dance company in residence for the School of Music, where Michele is a teaching professor of dance. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School and a Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh.

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James Ferla

Artist Lecturer in Guitar, Director of Guitar Ensemble

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James Ferla's teaching reflects an integrated philosophy of musicianship skills and methodology by providing musical training that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices. The emphases throughout the guitar curriculum are connections, immersion in a wide range of musical repertoire, independent skills, sequential development of skills, and seeing the guitar as part of a great historical tradition. At Carnegie Mellon, Ferla also directs the Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble. 

As a performer, James Ferla has given numerous solo and ensemble concerts throughout the United States including programs at the Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University, Wolf Trap, the Chautauqua Institution, Florida State University, Oberlin College and Notre Dame. He has been heard on NPR, PBS, CBS, Voice of America, USIA, Chukyo TV-Nagayo in Japan, and, in Pittsburgh on WQED-FM. Mr. Ferla has published several articles on guitar repertoire in SoundBoard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is heard on seven CDs. He performs most frequently in a guitar duo with colleague John Marcinizyn with a repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Jazz. In addition to concerts with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, he has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, singer/actress Kate Young, the Renaissance City Winds, the Dear Friends Ensemble, oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, tenor Doug Ahlstedt and mezzo-soprano Daphne Alderson. Ferla is on the advisory board of the Guitar Society of Fine Art.

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Cyrus Forough

Professor of Violin

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Noted for the "fiery intensity" and "poetic vision" of his playing, Cyrus Forough's reviews comprise a lexicon of superlatives in more than a dozen languages.  A Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, he has won first prize in the Milwaukee Symphony Violin Competition, was a finalist in the Munich International Competition, and with his wife Steinway Artist Carolyn McCracken as the Forough/McCracken Duo, won the United States Artistic Ambassador Program's National Violin/Piano Duo Competition.  He also holds the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media Award in recognition of his contributions to classical music and education.  

Mr. Forough's unique succession of studies in three cultural centers with three of the twentieth century's most legendary masters make singular his recognition as a prominent representative of the Franco-Belgium school of violin playing.  When he was five years old he began studies with his mother, a graduate of the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, Belgium.  In Brussels and Liege she studied under the tutelage of E. Chaumont and L. Charlier, both masters of the Franco-Belgium school.  Forough also attended the Brussels Royal Conservatory where as the youngest ever to attend, he was exceptionally admitted at age nine to study with Arthur Grumiaux.  He graduated with a Superior Prize and Special Distinction Medal at age sixteen.  He then became one of only thirteen students chosen by national competition to attend Europe's most renowned school for promising young performers, the Chapel Musicale Reine Elisabeth, living and studying in Brussels for a total of twelve years.  He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory for three years under the legendary David Oistrakh.  Upon Mr. Oistrakh's death, Forough attended Indiana University School of Music for two and half years where he was personal assistant to his teacher Josef Gingold, who himself studied in Belgium under Eugene Ysaye.  

Cyrus Forough has performed in recital, with orchestras, and in chamber music ensembles throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America, including broadcasts on radio and television.  His solo performances for international dignitaries have included command performances for Queen Fabiola and Princess Paola of Belgium, the former Shah of Iran, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and President Kreiske of Austria.  He also gave a special performance for the birthday celebration of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.  He has appeared at many summer festivals such as the Weimar Festival in Germany, the Plovdiv Music Festival in Bulgaria, the International Schubert Festival at Indiana University, and the American Sacred Music Festival in Milwaukee invited there by conductor Lukas Foss.  

Mr. Forough has championed contemporary music and gave the Milwaukee Symphony premiere performance of the Shostakovich First Violin Concerto in 1985.  He has performed the works of Behzad Ranjbaran, Reza Vali, and will be premiering Vali's Khojasteh ("Majestic"), which was dedicated to him at the National Gallery in Washighton DC in January 2013. Other works include Witold Lutoslawski's Chain 2, dialogue for violin & orchestra, and premiered Alan Fletcher's Woman Holding a Balance, also dedicated to him.  The Forough/McCracken Duo performed William Kraft's Double Play with orchestra, and premiered the Violin/Piano Sonata of Shostakovich and Central Park Reel by Lukas Foss in numerous cities in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.  

Called "musical treasures of absolute mastery", the Forough/McCracken Duo has charmed and captivated audiences with the artistry of their unique duo partnership.  They have performed in many concert venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.  As Artistic Ambassadors of the United States, they have concertized in many countries, performing in recitals and with orchestras, giving master classes and interviews, participating in symposiums and discussions with universities and conservatories, and giving benefit recitals for educational and medical foundations, all for the purpose of fostering goodwill and cultural understanding between people and nations.  

Mr. Forough's dedication to teaching and his skill at communicating his art have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought after and most effective violin pedagogues, drawing students globally seeking admittance into his studio.  Not only did he study with some of the greatest violin masters of the twentieth century, but he also is one of the few last living links to the great schools of violin playing and pedagogy.  At present he is a full-time professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and has taught as an Artist faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy for Gifted, and was a visiting professor at Eastman School of Music in 2009 and 2010. In summer 2013 he will once again be a faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine in addition to being a new faculty member at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy. In the past he has also been a faculty member at summer festivals such as the Meadowmount School of Music; the Indiana University String Academy, Bloomington; the Chateau de Champ, Paris; the; the International Music Academy in Plzen, Czech Republic; the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, Germany and numerous others.  Mr. Forough has been an adjudicator for competitions including the Stulberg International Competition and the Sorantin International String Competition, and conducted master classes at the aforementioned summer festivals and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Northwestern University; the Cleveland Institute of Music; Beijing Central Conservatory; Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music; Mount Royal College-Academy "Program for Gifted Youth" in residence, Calgary, Canada; the Glenn Gould School of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and many others.  

Ever since Mr. Forough joined the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music faculty, his college students have been frequent winners of the school-wide concerto competitions and have distinguished themselves in international and national competitions, which was unprecedented. Having taught students as young as six, his college and pre-college students have received first prizes, awards, and other prizes in countless international and national competitions including:  Finalist and "Public Prize" at the Sibelius International Violin Competition, the Paganini Award at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Prizewinner at the Menuhin International Violin Competition, "Best Talent" at the Sarasate International Violin Competition, and others such as the Washington International Violin Competition, the Wieniawski International Violin Competition (3rd round), the Johansen International Violin Competition, the Klein International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International Violin Competition, the Cooper International Violin Competition, Illinois Bell Young People's Concerto competition performing live with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on televised winners concerts, and first prizes at the Fischoff International, Rembrandt, and other chamber music competitions.  Numerous students have been chosen to perform on "From the Top" at Carnegie Hall, New York, and throughout the nation, and broadcast on radio and television.  His students have included winners of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and as Presidential Scholar.  His students are also members of many professional orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentina, and many others. 

Mr. Forough performs on the 1718 " Wilmotte" Antonius Stradivarius.      
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Nancy Galbraith

Professor of Composition

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Composer Nancy Galbraith is Professor and Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University. In a career that spans three decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression.

Galbraith's symphonic works have enjoyed regular performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, including premieres led by Gennady Rozhdetsvensky and Mariss Jansons. Her Piano Concerto No. 1 was recorded by Keith Lockhart and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Chamber Music Magazine hailed Galbraith's Rhythms and Rituals as "the kind of piece that should be the 'sound of classical music' on today's radio stations." Her chamber works have been performed by members of the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and by Mexico's Sinfonietta Ventus and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Galbraith's popular works for wind orchestras have become standard repertoire for concert bands around the world, and are recorded often by American college ensembles.

In recent years, Galbraith has produced a substantial body of major choral works, beginning with commissions from Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to compose Missa Mysteriorum and Requiem, a landmark achievement that was declared a 'masterpiece' by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. These successes have led to commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence Singers, Pittsburgh Camerata and many others.

Born into a musical family in Pittsburgh in 1951, Galbraith began piano studies at age 4. She later earned degrees in composition from Ohio University (BA) and West Virginia University (MA). Her works are published by Subito Music in Verona, New Jersey.

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Nancy Goeres

Artist Lecturer in Bassoon

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Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, joined the Symphony's bassoon section in the 1984-85 season.

An avid chamber musician, she has performed at the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Sarasota, LaJolla and Mainly Mozart festivals; and most recently at New York's 92nd Street Y Series, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Music in the Vineyards (Napa, Ca.), and Instrumenta Verano, Puebla, Mexico. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

With Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, she premiered the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Bassoon Concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. Ms. Goeres subsequently performed the Zwilich Concerto at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the 1996 conference of the International Double Reed Society, and recorded it with the PSO and Maazel for the New World label. In May 2004, after working with musicians in Cuba, she performed the Concerto with the Havana Symphony. Other solo performances with the PSO include performances of Haydn's Sinfonia concertante, John Williams's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, and the Mozart Bassoon Concerto.

An active teacher, Ms. Goeres has given master classes in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Asia and South America, as well as in the U.S., most recently for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music. In October 2004, she gave her first master class over the Internet for the bassoon section of the New World Symphony. Also that month she performed in recital with clarinetist Michael Rusinek in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A native of Lodi, Wisconsin, her principal teachers were Sherman Walt and Richard Lottridge. Nancy Goeres holds the PSO's Mr. & Mrs. William Genge and Mr. & Mrs. James E. Lee Principal Bassoon Chair. She is a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music and performs and teaches regularly at the Aspen Music Festival.

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David Harding

Professor of Viola and Chamber Music

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David Harding has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Central America, in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, NPR and Deutschland Radio. David is frequently featured on CBC Radio in Canada. He regularly performs at chamber music festivals throughout North America including amongst others the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Strings in the Mountains, CO, Sitka Chamber Music Festival, AK, Festival of the Sound, ON, and the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, TX.

David is a member of Trio Verlaine and the American String Project, (a collaboration between quartet players, soloists and concertmasters.) David is a seasoned chamber musician, having been a former member of the Chester String Quartet, Toronto String Quartet and Triskelion String Trio. He has collaborated with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo and St. Lawrence quartets, and has made chamber music recordings for Sony, Crystal, Chesky, Innova and New Albion record labels.

David’s latest CD projects include a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, with Triskelion for CBC records, Brahms’ Viola Sonatas and Horn Trio for Skylark Music and an innovative disc of flute, viola, harp works by Ravel and Debussy with Trio Verlaine for Skylark Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, David’s principal teachers were Paul Doktor, Emanuel Vardi and Tibor Vaghy. He was the winner of the Sir John Barbirolli award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. David has given master classes at the Banff International Centre for the Arts and numerous universities throughout North America. Having served on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, he is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia. David plays on a viola made by Pietro Antonio della Costa, Tresviso Italy, circa 1750.

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Micah Howard

Artist Lecturer in Double Bass

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Micah Howard enjoys a very rewarding career as both a performer and a teacher. He joined the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the age of 25. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has toured five continents, including Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and North America. Howard regularly performs as a recitalist, and chamber musician. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Howard has always been active as a music educator. In addition to private teaching, he regularly serves as lecturer for various universities, coaches youth ensembles, such as the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony's outreach program, visits local grade schools and high schools to coach ensembles and promote music education. Since the spring of 2000, he has been teaching string bass as adjunct faculty at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, and is also an adjunct professor at Duquesne University. At Carnegie Mellon, Howard serves as Artist Lecturer in Double Bass. 

As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Howard has served on several committees. Most notably, he was a member of the core audition committee for five years, serving as chair for two of those years. While on this committee, he played a role in hiring more than twenty full-time and substitute members of the orchestra. He was also involved in creating a new process, which was instituted in 2005, for hiring new musicians. Currently he is a member of the Orchestra and Artistic Committees. 

Howard received his Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University, and his Masters of Music degree from Duquesne University School of Music. His teachers include Tony Leonardi, Rodney Van Sickle, Edward Pales, Peter Paul Adamiac, and Jeffrey Turner. While still a student, Howard performed as a member of many regional orchestras, such as the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Erie Philharmonic. He also played as a substitute with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. In 1995 he took first place in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition.

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Roseanna Irwin

Associate Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying

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Roseanna Irwin holds both a bachelor's degree in music education and a master of music degree from Duquesne University, where she taught piano and was administrative assistant to the dean. In addition to teaching voice in her studio, she teaches at the Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theater. Irwin has served as head of the voice department at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Mini-Stars, and rehearsal and show pianist for the Civic Light Opera's main stage summer season. She was also a core member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and has sung roles in several Tuesday Musical Club operas. She has held posts as music director and accompanist for book shows and musical revues in Pittsburgh, Naples, Fla., and on the Royal Viking Cruise Lines. Roseanna is a member of the Tuesday Musical Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Service Sorority, is Secretary-Treasurer of Pi Kappa Lambda Theta Xi Chapter, and Vice-President of the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was formerly Chair of the School of Music’s Voice Department, and has served as a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, the University Student Affairs Council, and the CFA College Council.

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Craig Knox

Artist Lecturer in Tuba

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Craig Knox was appointed Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2005. His previous orchestra positions included Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony (Miami). Prior to his appointment in Pittsburgh, he was in demand as a regular guest artist with many major American orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota. Since 1995, he spends part of each summer as Co-Principal Tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

Since joining the PSO, Mr. Knox also performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, and with his colleagues in the PSO trombone section, he recorded "From the Back Row" - an album of chamber music and orchestral excerpts for low brass quartet - on the Albany label. He has been an active chamber musician for many years, having co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, an ensemble which has performed in recital throughout the U.S. and Japan, and been heard numerous times on NPR. Its five recordings on the Chandos label have met with critical acclaim, the first being described by American Record Guide as 'one of the all-time great brass quintet recordings'. In addition, he has played for several seasons with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet, with which he recorded for the Naxos label, and has toured with the Empire Brass.

Mr. Knox has performed on the soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures, including Spy Kids, Mars Attacks!, Jefferson in Paris, One Fine Day, and Elmo in Grouchland, which won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album. He can also be heard on nationwide television every Saturday during football season in the music for ABC College Football.

Prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Knox served on the faculty at Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was Director of the Brass Chamber Music program. With the Center City Brass Quintet, he has presented master classes and seminars at universities and conservatories throughout the U.S., and has been in residence annually at the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, a festival in Japan which draws conservatory students from four continents. He has also taught at the University of Maryland's National Orchestral Institute.

A native of Storrs, Connecticut, Knox's first teachers included Gary Ofenloch, Samuel Pilafian, and Chester Schmitz, and he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and earned a bachelor's degree in music.

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Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida

Associate Teaching Professor of Oboe

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Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991.  For two years prior to this she was Associate Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Since joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ms. DeAlmeida has been featured with the PSO as a soloist in concertos by Bach, Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Strauss, Mozart, and Françaix and has collaborated as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman, Andrés Cárdenes, and Vladimir Spivakov.  In 1993 she premiered and recorded a commissioned concerto by Leonardo Balada with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Lorin Maazel for New World Records.  Ms. DeAlmeida premiered another concerto in February 2006 commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony entitled The Clearing by composer Lucas Richman.  In March 2008 she performed “The Clearing” with the Knoxville Symphony.  Ms. DeAlmeida has also appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Ms. DeAlmeida is an avid chamber musician.  Each summer since 2002she performs and teaches as a faculty member of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  Several of her performances there have been chosen to be broadcast nationally on NPR’s ‘Performance Today”.  In July 2010 she performed chamber concerts at the Steamboat Springs (CO) Festival.

In November 2002, Ms. DeAlmeida’s first solo CD was released on the Boston Records label. Classic Discoveries for Oboe was hailed by American Record Guide as “a masterly recording… Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida is simply one of the finest exponents of the instrument anywhere.”  Her second solo CD entitled Mist Over the Lake on the Crystal Record label was released in 2006 to rave reviews: “Ms. DeAlmeida is hands down one of the best players in the world…” She can also be heard on Crystal Records’ recording of Sir Andre Previn’s Sonata for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano with Sir Andre Previn.  In November 2009, Mrs. DeAlmeida performed & recorded the German Requiem of Brahms with Marek Janowski and the Radio Orchestra of Berlin (RSB).

Ms. DeAlmeida has been a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University since 1991.  Before moving to Pittsburgh, she was an adjunct faculty member of Temple University in Philadelphia and Trenton State College (NJ).  She has also been a faculty member of the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland and frequently teaches master classes at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2003, Ms. DeAlmeida was featured on national television on the CBS “Early Show” in a story relating to the oboe and its remarkable health benefits for asthma sufferers.

Ms. DeAlmeida received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, studying with Arno Marriotti, and a Master of Music degree from Temple University, as a student of Richard Woodhams.

Cynthia and her husband, José, live in Pittsburgh with their children Veronica and Danny, and their standard poodle “Bones”.

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Peter Kope

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Peter Kope, founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, has created and performed works for the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), the Spoleto Festival USA, Tanzmesse (Germany), and the Broadway production of Squonk. He has also performed with Jacob Pillow’s “Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy”, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Alloy, and PerksDanceMusicTheatre. Peter interests in visual and installation art have led to many cross-disciplinary collaborations and site-specific commissions. Attack Theatre’s performances integrate dance, live music and video and have recently commissioned music by Dave Eggar (NYC) and Somei Satoh (Tokyo). Attack Theatre was featured in Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch for 2007,” named “Best Dance Company for 2007” (City Paper), “Best Dance Performance for 2006” (for The Kitchen Sink in the Post-Gazette), and received the National Dance Project touring award for Games of Steel. 

Attack Theatre is the company in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, where Peter is a teaching professor of dance. Peter has taught at numerous universities throughout the US and at hundreds of primary and secondary schools. He holds degrees from the University of Dayton.

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Lance LaDuke

Artist Lecturer in Euphonium & Music Business, School of Music Freshman Advisor, and Coordinator of Special and Creative Projects

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Lance LaDuke is internationally known as a performer, writer, speaker and educator. In addition to his duties on trombone and euphonium (and singer/court jester) in Boston Brass, Lance teaches at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Prior to joining Boston Brass, he served as principal solo euphonium with the River City Brass Band, the only full time professional brass band in the country. Lance has written for countless organizations, including sketches for radio, stage and themed attractions. He studied comedy improv and was a member of several improv troupes and regularly steps in front of audiences around the country in a number of character and comic roles.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Lance received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a cognate in English. After graduate study at the University of Akron (euphonium performance) and George Mason University (instrumental conducting), Lance joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While there, he performed for two presidents, countless dignitaries and heads of state and in hundreds of protocol functions, ceremonies, and public relations tours. He maintained a Top Secret security clearance, played for well over a million people from the White House to Red Square, and can be seen (with a magnifying glass) in the movie A Clear and Present Danger.

Lance has also performed with many of the top professional brass groups in the country, including the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Nothing But Valves brass quartet. He has taught and/or given master classes at some of the world’s finest universities and conservatories, including Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music in London and Yong Siew Toh in Singapore. He has appeared on over thirty recordings, has produced nine others and has toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His performances have been seen and heard on numerous television and radio programs.

Lance co-wrote and produced (with Deanna Swoboda) Band Blast Off, a band recruiting DVD and is currently in development on another. His comedy songs, including a touching elegy to a dead goldfish and a song about getting underwear for Christmas, are available for viewing through lanceladuke.com. Additionally, he has recently launched a speaking career, sharing his ideas on practice, leadership, and self-development.

His new book, Music Practice Coach, Five Workouts to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Time! is available through marketingvp.us or in all ebook formats.

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Carla LaRocca

Associate Teaching Professor of Keyboard Studies

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Carla LaRocca is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began her musical studies at the age of six with her father, Anthony LaRocca, a former New Orleans jazz pianist. She later studied with Natalie Matovinovic, Charles Fisher, Laura Kargul, and Nelson Whitaker. Miss LaRocca holds the B.A. from Albion College (summa cum laude) and an M.F.A. with honors from Carnegie Mellon. LaRocca was the pianist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and has performed at the Albion College Concert Hall, Steadman Theater, and Salle Ockeghem, Tours, France. She has performed for Norman Dello Joio and was honored to play for the Ambassador of Italy. Her latest endeavors include releasing a CD of her piano solos and creating educational computer software for college level study. Miss LaRocca also serves on the Board of the Steinway Society.

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Gregory Lehane

Professor of Drama & Music

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Gregory Lehane has acted and directed in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He directed a trio of Greek tragedies while a guest teacher at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and taught and directed at the American University in Cairo.  He has directed television for all the networks and many cable outlets.  He has received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Direction.

He recently appeared in The Foreigner at St. Vincent’s Summer Theatre and Dream of Autumn for Quantum, which was listed in Pittsburgh Top 10 shows of 2013.  Recent directing credits include the operas Riders to the Sea (play and opera), Lisbeth, Therese Raquin, and Night of the Living Dead for Microscopic Opera, Bus Stop for the School of Drama, and Tenderland and L’enfant et les Sortileges for the School of Music.  After L’étoile he directs Lives of the Saints, a bill of one acts by David Ives, for the School of Drama.

He holds the rank of Professor with the School of Drama and School of Music, where he has taught and directed for over 20 years.

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Luz Manriquez

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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Luz Manriquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Musica. Upon graduation, she continued advanced studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and Maria Iris Rédrigan at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manriquez was appointed in 1992 to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music and since 2004 she is Associate Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying. 

 

Luz Manriquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. Ms. Manriquez has performed with Nuance Music Ensemble conducted by former PSO Concert Master Andrés Cárdenes, as well as with the Chamber Music Project Ensemble at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since its creation in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Luz has been a regular guest of the PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival).

 

Ms. Manriquez was the pianist in It's Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and in Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers Reza Vali, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Recently two new Compact Discs featuring Luz Manriquez have been released: with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D'Almeida and with flutist Alberto Almarza (Atacama by American composer Nancy Galbraith).

 

In October 2002, Ms. Manriquez participated in the George Crumb Festival in Pittsburgh and recorded Music for a Summer Evening for two pianos and percussions conducted by Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo which was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d'Or Prize in France in 2008. As a pedagogue, Ms. Manriquez also teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music. Regularly her students are winners in the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Music Hall, New York and at the United Nations.

 

One of Chile's most distinguished musicians, Luz Manriquez has appeared as soloist, recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her artistry, combined with an innate musical sensitivity to others, has made Ms. Manriquez much sought after as chamber musician and accompanist. She has been a featured soloist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds and performs frequently with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In April 2003, Luz Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert. 

 

During 2009-2010, Ms. Manriquez is recording several pieces for two pianos by Arnold Schoenberg under the direction of Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo and a CD of music by Israeli composer Joachim Stutschewsky with cellist Aron Zelkowicz.

 

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Anne Martindale Williams

Artist Lecturer in Cello

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Anne Martindale Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as its Assistant Principal Cello in 1976 and within three years became the first woman in the orchestra's history to be named Principal Cello. She made her solo début performing Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor and has since soloed in Pittsburgh and on tour at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and in Florida. Mrs. Williams has appeared in chamber-music recitals with André Previn and Christoph Eschenbach, among others. On a nationally televised segment of Previn and the Pittsburgh, she joined Yehudi Menuhin and André Previn in a performance of Beethoven's Trio in C minor. She made her London début in a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared in a nationally televised series Concertos, produced by the B.B.C., performing the Brahms Double Concerto with Salvatore Accardo and the Royal Philharmonic, André Previn conducting. Mrs. Williams is a graduate of Curtis, where she studied with Orlando Cole. She also serves as cellist in the Carnegie Mellon Trio.

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Mildred Miller Posvar

Artist Lecturer in Voice, mezzo-soprano

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Ms. Posvar has been a performing mezzo soprano for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, and appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses in Europe. She appeared regularly on radio and television, popularizing the classics on The Bell Telephone Hour and The Voice of Firestone. She has won special acclaim for her singing of German Lieder. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro; the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier; Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte. In 1978 she founded The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Miller studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and in Europe. She holds honorary degrees from the Cleveland Institute, the New England Conservatory, Bowling Green (Ohio) University, and Washington and Jefferson University. The University of Pittsburgh maintains a music scholarship in her name.

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David Premo

Artist Lecturer in Cello

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Cellist David Premo joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1992, was promoted to Fourth Chair, a non-rotating position in 1994, and subsequent to a national audition in 1999, was offered the position of Assistant Principal. Following another round of national auditions, Mr. Premo was awarded the position of Associate Principal in 2001. Additionally, Mr. Premo has been Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University since 1994, providing private cello instruction, coaching chamber music groups and teaching an orchestra repertoire class.

Mr. Premo came to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C., where he served as Associate Principal of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1980 until 1991. During his tenure in Washington, Mr. Premo performed chamber music at the Phillips Collection, the Corcorcan Gallery and the Library of Congress, and served on numerous occasions as principal cellist with the American Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra, among others. Mr. Premo performed as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra, both at the Kennedy Center and on several United States and European tours.

Since coming to Pittsburgh, Mr. Premo has become a frequently requested
chamber musician and soloist, appearing on Shadyside and Rodef Shalom chamber music series and, in 1993, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony. In 1995 Mr. Premo and Christopher Wu (violinist with the PSO and winner of the 1994 Passamaneck Award) won the Pittsburgh Concert
Society Competition. In 1996 Mr. Premo won the prestigious Passamaneck Award entitling him to a solo recital which he gave in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall in April 1997.

David Premo studied 'cello in his native Chicago with Margaret Evans of the Chicago Symphony, later with Robert Newkirk at Catholic University, and most recently with Janos Starker at Indiana University. His 'cello was made in approximately 1860 by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

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Karen Roethlisberger Verm

Vocal Coach, Chamber Music Coordinator

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Originally from Beaver, Pennsylvania, pianist Karen Roethlisberger Verm has been working as a vocal coach and accompanist in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 2005. 

In Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger has performed with the Mendelssohn Choir, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and Pittsburgh Opera, in the Opera Orchestra as well as with their Education Trunk Program. She has also worked as a collaborative artist at Duquesne University, Point Park University, Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati Opera's Education Outreach Ensemble, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Rising Star Audition Works, Opera Theater of Lucca (Italy), and participated in the Grandin Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. 

Roethlisberger is a recipient of numerous awards including first prize in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Music Competition, Vocal Arts Resource Network Artsong Competition, Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh Scholarship, NY State MTNA competition, and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Auditions with her husband, baritone Craig Verm. 

Roethlisberger is a graduate of Syracuse University (BM, Piano Performance) and University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (MM, Piano Performance; MM, Vocal Accompanying; and Artist Diploma, Opera Coaching). Her major teachers include Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy, Sylvia Plyler, Frank Weinstock, and Fred Karpoff.

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Michael Rusinek

Artist Lecturer in Clarinet

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Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1998 and holds the Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Silberman Principal Clarinet chair. Born in Toronto, his early studies were with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He attended the Curtis Institute, and was appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich to the post of Assistant Principal Clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.. Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and as a recitalist he has been heard across Canada on CBC Radio and in live concerts. He has performed throughout the United States and Israel. In 1985 he was awarded the grand prize in the International Clarinet Society competition and was a prize-winner in the Belgrade International Clarinet competition. In 1989 Rusinek represented Canada at the International Clarinet Festival in France. He has participated in many music festivals in the United States and Canada, including Musicians from Marlboro, and was featured on Sony records celebrating Marlboro's 50th anniversary. In the summer of 2000 Rusinek performed as Principal Clarinet in the Super World Orchestra, alongside musicians from around the world. He is working on Clarinetscape, an educational Web site for clarinetists.

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Sergey Schepkin

Associate Professor of Piano

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The Russian-American pianist Sergey Schepkin has performed around the globe, from the United States to Russia to Japan to New Zealand. He made his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1993 (at Weill Recital Hall) to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times, and has performed on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, Celebrity Series of Boston, LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, St. Petersburg Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, among many other venues and series. Mr. Schepkin’s discography includes major works by Bach (the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, the Partitas, Italian Concerto, French Overture, Four Duets, and two recordings of the Goldberg Variations), Brahms (complete late piano works), Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schnittke. He is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards. His concerts and recordings have garnered critical acclaim from such publications as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, BBC Music Magazine, International Piano, American Record Guide, Gramophone, Fanfare, and MusicWeb International.

Mr. Schepkin’s vast solo, concerto, and chamber repertoire extends from late Renaissance to the present day. He is recognized as one of the world's foremost interpreters of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as "a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays with the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould." The Boston Phoenix once described him as "one of Boston's great treasures, a supremely intelligent pianist who plays Bach as well as anyone."

Mr. Schepkin has performed concertos with such conductors as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Nikolai Alexeev, John Gibbons, Max Hobart, Christian Knapp, Keith Lockhart, Jonathan McPhee, Klauspeter Seibel, Edward Serov, and Vassily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber player, he has performed with the Borromeo, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets, as well as the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, of which he was a founding member. He is a member of the Boston-based Trio Amici, where his partners are violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young, both members of the Boston Symphony. He has collaborated with such artists as violinists Lucy Chapman, Gregory Fulkerson, Ilya Kaler, Joanna Kurkowicz, Curtis Macomber, Daniel Stepner, and Masuko Ushioda, violists Toby Appel, Marcus Thompson, and Walter Trampler, cellists Suren Bagratuni, Colin Carr, Norman Fischer, and Laurence Lesser, flutists Julius Baker, Leone Buyse, and Fenwick Smith, and clarinetists Jonathan Cohler and William Hudgins. An advocate of new music, Mr. Schepkin earned Sofia Gubaidulina's praise for his interpretation of her piano Chaconne; he has collaborated with Leonardo Balada, Nancy Galbraith, and John Harbison, and premiered works by Julia Carey, Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, Joseph Johnson, Daniel Pinkham, and Christopher Trapani.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Schepkin studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, Alexander Ikharev, and Ekaterina Murina. He made his orchestral début with the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra in 1984. After his move to the US in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory (NEC), where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. In 1994-98, he coached with the late legendary French-American pianist Paul Doguereau. Mr. Schepkin has served as Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh since 2003, and has been a member of the piano faculty at the NEC School of Preparatory and Continuing Education since 1993. He was on the piano faculty at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1988-90 and coached chamber music at the Boston Conservatory in 2006-07. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Iowa in 1997-98 and a Visiting Associate Professor of Music at the Boston University in 2011-13. He was also a member of the Music History and Musicology faculty at NEC in 1995-2006. Mr. Schepkin has presented lecture-recitals and master classes at NEC, UCLA, Oberlin Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, M.I.T., Longy School of Music, Duquesne University, the Norwegian Academy of Music, and other institutions of higher learning, as well as at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist.

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Riccardo Schulz

Associate Teaching Professor, Director of Recording Activities

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Riccardo Schulz is Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon, where he teaches Sound Recording and runs the recording operations. His special interest is in recording, editing, and mastering classical music. For three years he was head of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute (ESARI) for the summer program of the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

Riccardo has recorded and/or produced more than a hundred compact discs on a variety of record labels, including Élan, New Albion, Mode Records, Ocean Records, Norvard, and New World Records. He has also recorded and/or mastered CDs of world music, jazz, alternative rock groups, and selected hip-hop artists. Groups and individuals he has collaborated with include Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Andrés Cárdenes and Luz Manríquez; conductors Denis Colwell and the River City Brass Band, Keith Lockhart and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo and the Tucumán Chamber Orchestra, Rachael Worby and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Juan Pablo Izquierdo and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir; Andrés Cárdenes and the Pittsburgh Symnphony Chamber Orchestra; Chatham Baroque; pianists Laura Opedisano, Aki Takahashi, and Barbara Nissman; santur player Dariush Saghafi; guitarist Manuel Barrueco, composers Iannis Xenakis, Reza Vali, Nancy Galbraith, David Stock, Ricardo Lorenz, Julián Orbón, and Leonardo Balada; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux; baritone Sebastian Catana; tenor Arturo Martín.

Riccardo’s recording of Inca Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank and featuring Cuarteto Latinoamericano and guitarist Manuel Barrueco, received a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2009 for Best Classical Contemporary Compostion.

Riccardo’s non-classical recording credits include the rock group The Syndeys and The Glass Cube; hip-hop artists Freestyle, Unknown Prose, Lil ’Toine, E-Nyse, Charon Don and D. J. Huggy; and jazz artists Alton Merrell, Nathan Davis, Roger Humphries, Bobby Negri, Dave Pellow, James Johnson Jr, and others.

Riccardo has co-produced CDs with Carnegie Mellon students Steven Goldberg, Anna Vogelzang, Tate Olsen, Michael Kooman, Jeffrey Grossman, Ali Spagnola, Ariel Winters, Friedrich Myers, Justin Bishop, Greg Runco, Andy Jih, Haseeb Qureshi, Gabriel Cuthbert, Derek Pendergrass, Joshua Hailpern, Fumiya Yamamoto, Enoma Oviasu, John O’Hallaron, and others. He also oversees recordings with participants in the Arts Greenhouse project, a community-oriented hip-hop workshop for teenagers.

Riccardo also edits and masters the full season of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances in conjunction with WQED-FM for local and national radio broadcast, and is in his twenty-third year of recording and editing performances of the Pittsburgh Opera for radio broadcast.

With Carnegie Mellon alumnus Alex Geis, Riccardo has developed the Webcast project and the Destination website for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, the first music conservatory in the world to offer live Internet broadcast of student recitals and ensemble concerts.

Riccardo has master's degrees in mathematics from Duquesne University and musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks Italian, and for several years was assistant accompanist for singers with the EPCASO program in Oderzo, Italy. He is former program annotator for the Y-Music Series, and former music critic for WQED-FM's Sunday Arts Magazine. 

Riccardo lives happily in Pittsburgh without a cellphone or a television, and has been a vegetarian for longer than anyone can remember.

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Maria Spacagna

Associate Professor of Voice, soprano

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Providence born soprano, Maria Spacagna has been a regular guest artist at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo, the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, the Spoleto Festival, the Zurich Opera,  Bavarian State Opera of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Theater of Cologne, Opera Theater of Montreal, Canadian Opera, Shanghai Grand Opera, Capetown Opera of South Africa and many others. She was the first American-born artist to perform the role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at La Scala.  She has recorded for Vox Classics, the first commercial recording of the 1904 La Scala world premiere version of Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY which includes the revisions for Brescia and Paris. This is the first interactive recording of an opera designed for CD.  VARIETY, the American daily of the entertainment industry has written, “Spacagna is the Cio-Cio-San of our generation”.  The Spacagna Butterfly was selected by FANFARE, the recording industry quarterly, as one of the three opera “recordings of the year” for 1997.  Fanfare, places her recording of the role along with those of Tebaldi, Scotto and Toti dal Monte.  Her recordings of the title role of Mascagni’s Lodoletta for Hungaroton and Vivetta in Cilea’sL’Arlesiana for Harmonia Mundi have earned critical acclaim.  In 1993, the LA SCALA ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE OPERA wrote: “The elegance of Spacagna’s phrasing, coupled with a voice that is consistent across the range and great sensitivity of interpretation, led her to being acclaimed as one of the great singers of her generation.”  She has performed more than 40 roles in her career.  Among them are: Violetta, Gilda, Desdemona, Luisa Miller, Amelia Boccanegra, Mimi, Liu, Tosca, Micaela, Marguerite and Rusalka. 
As Liu in Turandot, Ms. Spacagna has been featured at the Metropolitan Opera (including the international radio broadcast), La Scala, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera and in Korea and Japan with La Scala on tour.  Her Violetta in La Traviata has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Arena di Verona, Cologne, Toronto, Metropolitan Opera, Torre del Lago, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and New Orleans Opera.  As Gilda in Rigoletto she has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas, Milwaukee, Rio de Janiero, Toronto, New Orleans, Toledo, Artpark Festival, Winnipeg and Providence.
She returned to La Scala in 1996 to perform Cio-Cio-San, repeated the role at the Metropolitan, returned to Cologne and Berlin for more performances of Madama Butterfly and opened the Santa Fe Festival in their new production of that opera.  In the 1996/97 season she sang her first Tosca for Boston Lyric Opera and returned to the Met as Mimi in La Boheme and Cio-Cio-San inMadama Butterfly.  In 1997 Ms. Spacagna made her first appearances in Australia at Perth as Mimi in La Boheme and sang the Verdi Requiem.  Later that year she debuted in South Africa at Capetown with performances of Violetta in La Traviata.  In 1998 she added Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Met and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and reprised Liu in Turandot for the Met.  Other engagements included Madama Butterfly at L’Opera de Montreal, Pittsburgh Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Traviata in New Orleans.
Important performances for Ms. Spacagna in 1998/99 included UnBallo in Maschera with Opera Grand Rapids, Andrea Chenier for Baltimore Opera, La Boheme at the Met, Madama Butterfly for the inaugural performances of the Fresno International Grand Opera,La Boheme for Opera Providence, and La Traviata for the Shanghai Grand Opera in Shanghai, China.
Other notable roles in her repertory (and their venue) include: Lina in Stiffelio and the title role in Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera), Maddalena in Andrea Chenier (Cincinnati Opera), Desdemona inOtello (Columbus Symphony and Florentine Opera), Marguerite inFaust (Trieste, Montreal, Winnipeg and Providence), the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Florentine Opera), Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore(Metropolitan Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis), Micaela inCarmen (Dallas, Memphis, and Portland), Lord Byron‘s Love Letter(Trieste), and title roles in Rusalka (Spoleto Festival) and Lodoletta(New Jersey State Opera).
At the invitation of Placido Domingo, Ms. Spacagna performed at a State Dinner honoring the Prime Minister of Italy given by President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.
In concert, Maria Spacagna has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel, and the Verdi Requiem with the Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Pioneer Symphony, MA, and the Chorale and Orchestra of Perth, Australia.  She has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Civic Chorale, and New York’s Little Orchestra Society, the Queens Symphony and the Toronto Symphony.
Ms. Spacagna is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Master of Music in Voice with Distinction.  She was honored with an Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 from NEC.   She was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center at the Julliard School of Music.  In competitions, she was a second prize winner of the Busseto Verdi Competition in Italy, and the Paris International Voice Competition, and a New York regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  She is the recipient of 2 George London grants, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Distinguished Performance Award.  Ms. Spacagna is a recipient of a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In March, 2012, she received an award from the Italian Consulate General in Boston for Outstanding Achievement in Art, Culture and Entertainment.  She is also Honorary President of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and has received its first Distinguished Artist Award.  At the invitation of its founder, Sherrill Milnes, Ms. Spacagna is a faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience, a training program for emerging professional singers.  She was Lecturer in Voice at Boston University, College of Fine Arts from 2005 until 2012.  Presently, she is Associate Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts.  

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Terry Steele

Artist Lecturer in Saxophone

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Terry Steele received his BME degree from Wichita State University, taught public school music, then attended the University of North Texas where he earned an MM degree in Classical Saxophone Performance in addition to performing with the acclaimed 1:00 Lab Band. After 33 years teaching at Slippery Rock University, he retired as a Professor Emeritus and joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as the Instructor of Saxophone.

Mr. Steele remains active as a performer in both classical and jazz genres, having premiered original chamber works for saxophone in the classical style as well as maintaining a diverse career in the jazz idiom. He has performed with Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin in addition to hundreds of performances with entertainers. shows and musicals. Mr. Steele is the saxophonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has toured the United States and Europe with the orchestra. As an educator, he taught for a decade in the summers at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and has served three terms of office as the state president of the International Association for Jazz Education.

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Peter Sullivan

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Sullivan was appointed Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by maestro Mariss Jansons. Canadian born, raised and trained, Mr. Sullivan came to Pittsburgh following a long and fruitful tenure as Solo Trombone with the Montreal Symphony under maestro Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Sullivan has performed as a soloist on many occasions with several orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Montreal orchestras. In 2006 he will perform the world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Trombone Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the PSO. In 2007 Peter will be the featured soloist with Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra.

Apart from his activities in Pittsburgh, Mr. Sullivan performs regularly across North America, Europe and the Far East as soloist and chamber musician alongside the world’s leading brass players. He is a regular visitor to Japan playing and teaching at venues such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, the Suntory recital hall in Tokyo, the Hamamatsu Summer Academy as well as solo recitals in Osaka. In China, Peter is involved with the Canton International Summer Music Academy and will be performing and giving master classes at the Tian Jin and Beijing Conservatories in April of 2006.

Aside from countless orchestral performances in the great concert halls of Europe, Peter has performed with the Orchestra Internationale d’Italia and was featured in Christian Lindberg’s Trombone Concerto in Bunol, Spain with the composer on the podium. Peter was also the first prize winner in the 1990 Umea International Solo Competition in Sweden.

Here at home, Mr. Sullivan has given concerts and clinics from coast to coast including master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools in New York City, the Glen Gould Academy in Toronto, coaching at the New World Symphony and the Banff School and tours with the Summit Brass and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. He has been heard across Canada in recital on CBC radio and on NPR with his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass.

Presently, Mr. Sullivan serves on the faculties of Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities in Pittsburgh following 15 years as adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. For the past few years, he has been working with the Yamaha Corporation on the development of their new line of orchestral trombones, the prototype of which he plays.

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Dr. Marilyn Taft Thomas

Professor of Music

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Marilyn Taft Thomas is Professor of Theory and Composition in the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. She is an active composer with works for orchestra, choir, piano, voice, brass band and chamber ensembles. She has won prizes from the National Federation of Music and the National Harvey Gaul Competition, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University, the American Music Center,the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the River City Brass Band, and the 2011 Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A two-CD collection of her works, "Seasons Within" is available through Amazon.com. 

Her diverse background includes 25 years as a pianist, church organist and director of music. Dr. Thomas was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pittsburgh, and the only woman to serve as President of the Pittsburgh Alliance of Composers. Her computer music research and development of music theory software is internationally known. As a teacher, her innovative teaching methods have been cited by Associated Press and honored by the university with its prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award.

Since joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1981, Dr. Thomas has served as Head of the School of Music, 1988-1996, Director of Graduate Studies, 1997-2000, Executive Director of the River City Brass Band, 2000-2003, and Interim Head of the School of Music, 2006-2007. In addition to her work as a composer, she has published over 20 articles and papers on composition, technology, computer music, music education and women in music. She has also authored two books, several collections of essays, poetry, and travel journals. Leadership in the Arts: An Inside View was recently published by AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Indiana.

In 2004, Thomas was granted the Stolarevsky Lifetime Achievement Award by the McKeesport Symphony Society for distinguished service in the arts, and for excellence in and contributions to the cultural life of our communities.

Thomas served as President of the Executive Board of the Andrew Carnegie Society at Carnegie Mellon University from 2007-2009. She is the mother of three grown children and has six very active grandchildren.
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Daniel Teadt

Assistant Professor, baritone

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Internationally acclaimed baritone DANIEL TEADT has performed throughout the United States and Europe in over thirty operatic roles in repertoire spanning more than 400 years.  His range of repertoire includes his recent New York City Opera debut as the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus which followed his critically acclaimed portrayals of Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Recently he performed concerts in The Netherlands, returned to Arizona Opera and debuted with the renowned Music In A Great Space Recital Series and Pittsburgh’s Resonance Works. 

Upcoming he will be premiering three major works with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Philadelphia’s Lyric Fest and an opera composed by former CMU professor, Efrain Amaya, as well as a return to Resonance Works.  Other notable highlights include Grammy Award winning performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearances with Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Aix-en-provence Festival, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Anchorage Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival, Central City Opera among others. 

A lauded concert singer and recitalist Mr Teadt has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Concerto Koln, Chatham Baroque, Los Angeles Master Chorale, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Victoria Bach Festival, the Orchestras of the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera as well as recitals with the Ravinia Festival, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, New York Festival of Song and San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recitals. 

His accolades include the Theodore Uppman prize from the George London Foundation, a Matteus Sullivan Career Grant, top honors from the MacAllister and Palm Beach Opera Awards and the prestigious Ganzalus Prize for Voice. 

As a master teacher and technician Daniel has presented master classes and workshops as well as taught students throughout the world including the Palacio das Artes in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arizona Opera, Ball State University, Clarion Univeristy, Arizona State University, Lincoln Park Performing Arts School, Trinity Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program, Opera Theater Summerfest, Point Park University and Washington & Jefferson College.

www.danielteadt.com

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Thomas Thompson

Associate Teaching Professor of Clarinet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble

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Thomas Thompson began clarinet lessons at the age of eight in Belzoni, Mississippi. He holds degrees from the American Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, and studied privately with Jerome Stowell, Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. A member of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago, for seven years, Thompson also toured with the Chicago Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra.

Thompson joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1966 and currently is Co-Principal Clarinet. He has been featured as soloist in concertos by Carl Nielsen in Heinz Hall in 1981 and Carl Maria von Weber at Hartwood Acres in 1989.

He has conducted the Pittsburgh Opera Theater's production of Carmen, and he also finds opportunities to guest lecture and perform. He is Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently co-conducts the Wind Ensemble.

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Dr. Reza Vali

Professor of Composition

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Reza Vali was born in Ghazvin, Persia (Iran) in 1952. He began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award. Vali's orchestral compositions have been performed in the United States by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. His chamber works have received performances by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. His music has been performed in Europe, China, Chile, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia and is recorded on the Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, Albany, and ABC Classics labels.

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Gretchen Van Hoesen

Artist Lecturer in Harp

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Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. Ms. Van Hoesen gave the New York premiere of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh premiere in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg and Jean-Pierre Rampal in performances of Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp. Additional appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony have included performances of the Handel Concerto in B flat, Danses Sacré et Profane by Debussy, Concierto Serenata by Joaquin Rodrigo, and the Concerto for Harp by Rheinhold Gliere. In 1985 Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. During the 1990-91 season Gretchen Van Hoesen was featured soloist in the Peggy Stuart Coolidge Rhapsody for Harp and Orchestra for the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops series and gave the United States premiere of Suite Concertante for solo harp and orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas. In 1995 she performed the Gliere Harp Concerto with the Greenville (PA) Symphony, the Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. In the 2006-7 season, Ms. Van Hoesen premiered two solo harp compositions by Nancy Galbraith and Adam Schoenberg and performed the Mozart Concerto, K. 299 with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. In March 2008 she will present the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. Ms. Van Hoesen has also performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia, and the Westmoreland Symphony. She has concertized in the metropolitan New York area at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Museum, and has presented concertos at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Ms.Van Hoesen was winner of the 1978 Passamaneck Competition and appeared in recital at the Y Music Series of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center. In 1984 Ms.Van Hoesen opened the Heinz Hall Chamber Music Series with the world premiere of Sonatina for Solo Harp written for her by Paul Schwartz. Ms.Van Hoesen has been a recitalist throughout the Pittsburgh area at Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, Carlow College, Shadyside Concerts, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project, Rodef Shalom series, California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, the Renaissance City Winds series, Geneva College, the Frick Art Museum and the Pittsburgh Peace Institute. She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences in Boston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and Fredonia, New York. Ms.Van Hoesen has served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and has been an officer for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society. Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School of Music earning both B.M. and M.M. degrees in harp as a scholarship student of Marcel Grandjany and Susann McDonald. She is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department with highest honors in piano and harp, where she was a student of Eileen Malone. She further studied with Gloria Agostini. Her credentials as an orchestral musician include performing as Principal Harp in the New York Lyric Opera, the New York City Ballet, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), the Virginia Opera, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra (Germany). She presently holds the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Gretchen Van Hoesen was selected to perform in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, in the Super World Orchestra 2000, an orchestra made up of key musicians from around the globe. In 1985, the recording Lullabies and Night Songs was released on the Caedmon label featuring Jan DeGaetani, soprano; Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp; and instrumental ensemble. Ms. Van Hoesen collaborated with her father, bassoonist K. David Van Hoesen, and singer Jan DeGaetani in a recording of the Phyllis McGinley Song Cycle written for them by the late Alec Wilder. In the 1990-91 season, Ms.Van Hoesen performed the world premiere of Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello by Lawrence Hoffman and presented a master class and oboe/harp duo recital in Taipei, Taiwan. Composer Robert Kelly wrote and dedicated Modal Variations for Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, and Suite for Oboe and Harp by James Legg was written for the duo and premiered in March 1993. Pavanes, Pastorales, and Serenades for Oboe and Harp, a CD for Boston Records, was issued in December 1998 with critical raves from around the country. Ms. Van Hoesen collaborated with conductor Rossen Milanov to record the Gliere and Jongen Harp Concertos and Buendiá’s Suite Concertante with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. These performances are available on Boston Records. Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and combines teaching there with private students at her home in Pittsburgh. She has given master classes at Duquesne University, the Eastman School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Illinois, the Aspen Music Festival, the National University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea, and has been an artist-lecturer on numerous series in Pittsburgh as well as throughout the country. She was a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2001-6. Her students have won numerous national awards and prizes.

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George Vosburgh

Artist Lecturer in Trumpet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble

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George Vosburgh, celebrated soloist and lecturer is internationally acclaimed for his virtuosity on the trumpet in recordings, concerts and recitals, as well as guest artist performances in such locales as the Bonn Festival at Rolandsek, the Ravinia Festival, and the Curs Internacional de Musica in Valencia, Spain. In 1992 he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded George Vosburgh Best New Classical Artist in 1985 for the Reference recording of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat with Chicago Pro Musica. He is a Bavarian Radio International Music competition prize winner and a Gold Record recipient for his work with the New Age music ensemble Mannheim Steamroller. In 2003 he was invited to become Principal Trumpet of the World Orchestra for Peace Valery Gergiev Music Director. The orchestra has since done several tours across Europe and China with many recordings and television programs.

Recent recordings featuring George Vosburgh include Trumpeter's Heritage, music by Bach, Bohme, Tomasi, Fasch, and Neruda with the Czech Philharmonic, Arnie Roth conducting. Trumpet Masterworks, pieces for trumpet and piano, Alaine Fink - piano.. Four Trumpet Concerti, works by Haydn, Hummel, Telemann, and Leopold Mozart with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conducting. All recent recordings are featured on the Four Winds label.

In 1994 Mr. Vosburgh organized the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, a unique brass ensemble featuring some of the world's finest orchestral brass musicians in chamber ensemble. The brass has enjoyed a flurry of recording activity including a1998 release of Bach's The Art of the Fugue on the Four Winds label. Along with featured tracks on collection CDs, in 2000 the group released its second CD A Christmas Concert also on the Four Winds label. In June of 2002 the brass released its new recording with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, music for mixed chorus, brass, and organ. The latest recording, The Spirit of Christmas has won the group national attention including features for National Public Radio and WQED Pittsburgh .

As an educator, Mr. Vosburgh has appeared in universities across Europe, the Far East, and the United States including Northwestern, University of Michigan, U.C.L.A., as well as the Tanglewood Fellowship program. He has lectured at the International Trumpet Guild's annual conference and has recently published a critical edition of the Bohme Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E minor under LeDor Publishing. He is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, both in Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Vosburgh is a graduate of the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, where he was Principal Trumpet and featured soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He began his career as an orchestral trumpeter at age 19 as third trumpet and assistant principal of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Zinman. After three years with Rochester, he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the late Sir Georg Solti as the youngest member of that orchestra's world-famous brass section.

George Vosburgh holds the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Martha Brooks Robinson Chair and is an active member on various Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Committees.

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Christopher Wu

Artist Lecturer in Violin

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Violinist Christopher Wu enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and soloist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Wu joined the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1988, and holds the Nancy & Jeffery Leininger First Violin Chair. He has previously served as concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Riverside Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics.

An active chamber musician, Wu has played with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, Joshua Bell, and the Muir String Quartet. He is a founding member of the innovative chamber music group Innuendo, hailed by the Boston Herald as “an ensemble notable for its unanimity of spirit and sonority” and for its “warmly intense interpretive powers.” Chris has appeared in numerous festivals in recent seasons including Aspen, Brevard, Heidelberg, Savannah, Masterwork, Stockbridge and St. Bart’s Music Festival.

Mr. Wu is currently on the faculties of Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University and Geneva College. He has taught classes at the University of Texas, Youngstown State University, Ottawa University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has served as Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma.

As a soloist, Wu has been described by the Tribune-Review as a musician of “virtuoso command with depth of musical understanding.” He has appeared numerous times as a soloist for the PSO and has given recitals to critical acclaim.

Chris’ violin was made in 1727 by Nicolo Gagliano. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, ice hockey, traveling and cooking. He and his wife Annette, reside in Gibsonia with their two children Wesley and Grace. In 1991, he survived a near-fatal automobile accident, and he is grateful for every opportunity to play.

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Hanna Wu Li

Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

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Hanna Wu Li, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, is the recipient of the Presidential Scholar's Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House. She has received wide recognition of the distinctive Piano Program for Children she developed at Carnegie Mellon's Preparatory School. Over the past 35 years, her pupils have won numerous national and international awards and have been soloists with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their Young People's Concerts and featured pianists in the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Artist and Young Artist Concert Series. Professor Li and her students have also been presented on NPR, PBS, ABC and in the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR-FM in New York City, and on WQED-FM's Sunday Arts Magazine in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been listed in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Professor Li has conducted numerous Master Classes, and served as adjudicator in national and international piano competitions. She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. She has been invited twice by the Chinese National Association of Musicians to give piano pedagogy workshops and master classes to college piano faculty representing every province in China, and international visiting scholars travel to Carnegie Mellon to observe her work.

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Isaias Zelkowicz

Artist Lecturer in Viola

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He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1978 after eight years with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to his orchestra work there, he appeared in recitals, made solo recordings for the CBC, and played chamber music with such notable artists as Bernard Greenhouse, Menahem Pressler, the Juilliard and Oxford String Quartets, and the MusiCamerata of Montreal. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Ivan Galamian, Dorothy De Lay, and Robert Mann. He also studied and played at the Meadowmount School for nine summers. At Indiana University, he was awarded a teaching fellowship to do further graduate work and study with the legendary Josef Gingold.