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The Carnegie Mellon School of Music firmly believes that service to the university student in a field of study outside of the school is critical to meeting its larger mission. Extending high-quality training to those who will be future arts consumers and amateur practitioners is crucial to the growth and health of the art of music. In addition, sharing the intrinsic value of music training to students in other fields enriches their undergraduate education.

The Music Extension Division serves Carnegie Mellon students who are not music majors but who are seeking to start or further their musical training. Studio lessons from practicing professionals are available at all levels from beginner to advanced. For beginning students, focus is on building a strong technical foundation with attention to reading, basic theory, and technique. Intermediate and advanced students will encounter a curriculum tailored to their specific skill level and goals. The Music Extension Division is also a way of preparing non-music majors for auditions into the music minor or music major programs, or to prepare for external competitions.

Students are expected to participate and prepare for each lesson according to guidelines designated by each instructor. Instructors discuss grading criteria based on skill level and experience at the outset of every semester. Students are invited to participate in an end of the semester recital. At the discretion of the studio teacher, this performance may be required of a more advanced student.


Alexander Technique, Beginning Piano, Jazz Piano, Group Guitar, Group Voice.

Beginning Piano 57-103/4

The emphasis of this course is to develop a practical keyboard facility, which includes keyboard theory and technique, sight reading, solo and ensemble repertoire, transposition, and a variety of creative activities such as harmonization and improvisation.



Jazz Piano I 57-105

Jazz Piano I is a small, hands-on class for students wishing to learn or improve their jazz piano improvisation skills. Students must be proficient on the piano. A working knowledge of music theory is preferable. Class size is limited to 6 students. Must have instructor approval.



Jazz Piano II 57-109

Jazz Piano II is a small, hands-on class for advanced jazz piano students. Students must have taken and or passed out of Jazz Piano I. Class size is limited to 6 students. Must have instructor approval.



Group Guitar 57-109

Using classical and jazz guitar methods, this course is designed to provide a basic set of techniques that will allow students to pursue the avenue of guitar playing that most interests them. While emphasis will be on developing skills in playing the guitar, a basic understanding of the principles of music theory as applied to the guitar will also be acquired. While few students will find it possible to master all of the materials presented, an exposure to the many possibilities of musical expression available on the guitar and an understanding of basic music theory will help to broaden the students’ perspective and make future musical experiences, such as listening and performing, more rewarding. Each student is expected to have his/her own instrument. A guitar in good working condition is essential. An acoustic classical or steel string is preferred, an electric with a small battery operated amp is acceptable. Students having no previous training on the guitar will find this class most valuable.



Group Voice – 57-110

Students enrolled in group voice will gain an understanding of basic vocal technique and a variety of singing styles. Students will learn about proper breathing, tone production and posture. Vocal styles will include pop, jazz, musical theater and classical. Students will also explore harmonization, improvisation and audition techniques for the singer. This class is geared towards the beginning student.



Alexander Technique 57-143

(2 mini-courses offered per semester) 


The Alexander Technique is a dynamic and powerful process of education that gives us a practical knowledge of simple yet profound principles which govern human coordination. This process teaches us to observe and experience how we approach our lives, both physically and mentally. The technique enables us to recognize and release patterns of tension by redirecting excessive effort into useful energy, resulting in improved balance, flexibility and coordination. We learn how to transform tension into attention, fatigue into kinesthetic lightness. Through observation, discussion, functional anatomy, and gentle hands-on guidance, we regain deep structural support and experience a sense of freedom and the sheer pleasure of movement. This is a studio mini-course. One section meets during the first half of the semester; the other section meets during the second half of the semester. Each section can have 3-4 students.

Yoga for Musicians (non-credit option only)

This course is designed to apply and incorporate yoga techniques into your practice sessions to give you the tools to have more successful, controlled performances.   Additionally, you will learn poses and stretches that will able you to strengthen, correct and repair your body, which will provide longevity to your career. 

Private lessons offered:

Bagpipes, Bass, Cello, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, Guitar, Jazz Trumpet, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice.


Music Minor

Students enrolled as a Music Minor often enroll in elective studio lessons.


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.


Donna Amato

Artist Lecturer in Piano, Staff Pianist

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Donna Amato was born in Pittsburgh, where she also received her earliest musical training. She later studied with Ozan Marsh, Louis Kentner, Gaby Casadesus, Guido Agosti and Angelica Morales von Sauer. She has made concert appearances in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Norway, Mexico, Canada, Russia and the United States, and radio broadcasts on the BBC as well as the inaugural live broadcast on Classic FM. Her concerto performances have included the Mozart Concerto, K.488, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Daniel Dorff's Piano Concerto, Nancy Galbraith's 2nd Piano Concerto and the 4th Piano Concerto ʻAurora Borealisʼ by Geirr Tveitt (which can be seen in its entirety on YouTube). She performed works of Giacinto Scelsi in Rome at the invitation of the Scelsi Foundation, and toured with Pittsburghʼs River City Brass Band in a series of performances of the Jazz Concerto in D by Dana Suesse. Other performances with orchestra have included the Skryabin Piano Concerto, the 2nd Piano Concerto of Edward MacDowell, the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4, Leonardo Baladaʼs Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion, and the world première of Sorabjiʼs 5th Piano Concerto. In 2005 she performed Michael Daughertyʼs Le tombeau de Liberace in Arizona, and Messiaenʼs Couleurs de la cité célèste with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, conducted by George Vosburgh. A number of leading composers have written works especially for her, which she has performed, broadcast and recorded.

Her recordings include the two concertos of MacDowell with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the Alto label, the sonatas of Dutilleux and Balakirev, a recital disc entitled ʻA Piano Portraitʼ, a Scriabin disc, two collections of works by Sorabji, a disc of music by Ethelbert and Arthur Nevin, MacDowellʼs complete piano sonatas, Nancy Galbraithʼs Piano Concerto No. 2, and a disc of the early piano works of Scelsi. Other releases include piano music of Carson Cooman (Naxos), Arnold Rosner (Albany), and Thomas L. Read (Zimbel), a second volume of Coomanʼs piano works (Altarus), and Sorabjiʼs ʻSymphonia brevisʼ (Piano Symphony No.5) (Altarus).

She has a long-standing association with Sorabjiʼs music. She produced performing editions of his Passeggiata Arlecchinesca and Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F., and corrected editions of Fantaisie espagnole and Valse-fantaisie, all of which she has also performed in concert. She has also acted as consulting editor on other works, and gave world premières of two of his compositions in an all-Sorabji concert in the Vienna Festival in 1993. In 1992 she presented a lecture-recital in Montréal, Canada, on Sorabji's life and music. In March, 2003, she gave the world première of Sorabjiʼs published piano concerto, now regarded as his 5th (it was published in the 1920s as Concerto II). The concert, which also featured works written around the same time by Busoni and Grainger, was given in Vredenburg Music Center, Utrecht as part of a series of events ʻAround Kaikhosru Sorabjiʼ organised by Netherlands Public Radio, which broadcast the performance (now available on YouTube). The orchestra was the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 she gave the world première of Symphonia brevis (Piano Symphony No.5) at New Yorkʼs Merkin Hall.

Donna Amato currently teaches piano at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and works at Carnegie Mellon as an Assisting Artist, while maintaining a busy schedule of solo and chamber-music concert appearances.
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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.


Mark Carver

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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American 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 Natalie Phillips and Ralph Zitterbart. International artists with whom he has studied are Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Ozan Marsh, John Ogdon, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, 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 in 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. He has appeared in recital at Steinway Hall, NY, and his début at age 17 at Carnegie Hall, NY, 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 words 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" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), his accompanying for the Pittsburgh Camerata has been regarded as "refined and tasteful" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).  His work has also been acclaimed by The American Record Guide, Chamber Music America magazine, and Epoch Times.

His discography includes “Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano,”Spanish-American Songs” by Urtext Digital Classics label (, and “Sacred Songs and Interludes: Music of Nancy Galbraith” with the Pittsburgh Camerata ( 

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 has been Artist-in-Residence for the Irma Gonzales Curso Magistral de Verano at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, and the James Madison University German Liederkurs in Freiberg, Germany. He currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of Music Ministries at the church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Green Tree, Pa.


Eric DeFade

Artist Lecturer, Director of Jazz Orchestra

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Eric DeFade is in demand as a performing artist and studio musician. He has toured internationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Big Band, and has led his own combo in Tokyo. Mr. DeFade has played with Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, New York Voices, Roger Humphries, John Scofield, Dave Liebman, and has been a featured soloist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Currently, Mr. DeFade is participating in concerts and workshops for the Pennsylvania Arts On Tour Program and filming a series of music specials for public television. He uses a pragmatic approach to understanding the jazz language while emphasizing sound, improvisation concepts, and versatility.


Mark Domencic

Artist Lecturer in Music Theory

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Mark Domencic is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music (BFA, MM in piano performance) and a current doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Music, where he is pursing a DMA in Music Education.  In addition to his duties as Artist Lecturer in Music Theory at CMU, Mr. Domencic also serves as a piano instructor in Carnegie Mellon’s Music Extension Division.  Outside of CMU, Mr. Domencic is a music instructor at Act One Theatre School.  He has also worked with various other musical and theatrical organizations throughout the Pittsburgh area as a solo and collaborative artist.  Past performance venues include Heinz Hall, the Byham Theatre, and Carnegie Music Hall.


Paul Evans

Artist Lecturer in Percussion

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Paul Evans graduated from Duquesne University in 1988, with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. While at Duquesne, he studied privately with Lenny Rogers and Don Liuzzi. Evans went on to earn a M.M. at Temple University, studying with Alan Able of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is currently section percussionist with the River City Brass Band. A former extra percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Evans maintains an active freelance schedule in the Pittsburgh area.


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.


Hilary Gamble

Viola, Music for Non-Majors

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Hilary Gamble has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom, and is in demand as an orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher in the greater Pittsburgh area. She is currently Adjunct Faculty in Viola at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and Viola Instructor at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. 

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Gamble is a founding member of the Morningstar String Trio and Bridge String Quartet. She also enjoys playing with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She won the Principal Viola position with the MasterWorks Philharmonic Orchestra and the Napa Valley Orchestra Institute, and has been invited to join the Youth Orchestra of the Americas concert tour. She won a violin position with the Starling Honors String Quartet in 2011, which was featured in a performance at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh in addition to giving a concert tour in Qatar.  Ms. Gamble enjoys promoting contemporary music and has premiered pieces such as Marilyn Taft-Thomas’ Sequential Proteins and Nancy Galbraith’s Euphonic Blues. She has also performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and with the Broadway Musical Next to Normal.

Ms. Gamble has been featured in masterclasses with Elmira Darvarova, Barnabus Keleman, Pamela Frank, Penderecki String Quartet, Todd Phillips, Almita Vamos, Terri Langdon, Carol Cole, Wing Ho, Lisa Boyko, Yizhak Schotten, Lawrence Dutton, Caroline Lee, Meng Wang, and Tatjana Mead Chamis. She has enjoyed working under the baton of  Martin West of the San Francisco Ballet, Mariss Jansons, formerly of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago, formerly of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Miriam Burns of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Page of Carnegie Mellon University, and Carl Topilow of Cleveland Institute of Music.

Ms. Gamble was the winner of the 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions, the Walkinshaw Music Prize, finalist at the Lennox International Young Artist String Competition, winner of the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist competition, winner of the Prelude Awards in the Collaborative and Solo Divisions, and was invited to perform at the 2014 Primrose Viola Competition and Festival. 

 Ms. Gamble received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Cyrus Forough. She received her Advanced Music Studies certificate in Viola Performance with David Harding of Trio Verlaine. She has had the pleasure of studying with Mimi Zweig of Indiana University, David Updegraff of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Lisa Boyko of The Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Gamble graduated summa cum laude from Geneva College at the age of 20 as an Alpha Chi honors student, and was a full scholarship recipient at Carnegie Mellon for both graduate degrees.


Tanya Gelman

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Tanya Gelman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her bachelor's degree with honors in St. Petersburgh and a master's degree from the St. Petersburgh Conservatory. She studied under the tutelage of G. Buze.

Following her musical studies, Mrs. Gelman participated in numerous chamber music concerts, including the festival "The White Nights" in Russia. She also taught piano at a music school.

After coming to the United States, Mrs. Gelman joined the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School faculty. Her students have won numerous awards in various piano competitions, including the World Piano Competition and the Westmoreland Young Artist's Competition.


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.


Dr. Kenneth Keeling

Professor Emeritus of Music, Associate Head

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Dr. Keeling, who holds degrees from Catholic University, The University of Michigan and Virginia State University, has had a long and distinguished career in higher education, involving clarinet studio teaching, musicology, conducting of instrumental ensembles, and administration.  He began his professorial career at Norfolk State University while in his early 20’s.  He has since headed music schools at several universities, including Carnegie Mellon, the University of Tennessee, the University of Rhode Island, and Morgan State University.  Throughout this period, he has performed as a professional clarinetist, conducted instrumental ensembles and opera performances, and served as consultant to schools of music while teaching, both in studio and classrooms.

Keeling has performed recitals and appeared as clarinet soloist in musical venues across the country, including chamber appearances with the Alard, Capitol and Feldman String Quartets, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.  He is a former member of the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra (now the Virginia Symphony), The Concerts on the Island (Newport, RI) and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN). His performing activity in the past has involved professional recording, including a disc of chamber music by Johannes Brahms.

He held national office as member of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for a number of years, serving as Visiting Evaluator, as well as consultant to numerous music schools throughout the country.

In addition to his duties as Associate Head in the School of Music, he currently teaches courses in music history and is teacher of students enrolled in elective clarinet studio.


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 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 or in all ebook formats.


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.


Betsy Lawrence

Artist Lecturer in Voice, Director of JIVE

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Musician and vocal artist Betsy Lawrence has been dazzling audiences across the United States as well as in Europe and Canada for the past two decades. A few of her operatic credits include La traviata with the New York City Opera Touring Company, Werther with the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, and numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City. Betsy has many musical theater credits including major roles with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Music Theater, and Stage Right. She traveled to Hamburg, Germany for the roles of Jenny Any dots/Griddle bone and Gumby Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She most recently performed a role with Pittsburgh CLO in Footloose. Her national television credits include the currently running Red White and Rock, The American Sound Track, More Rock at 50, My Music, The Roots of Rock and Roll, The British Invasion, and Roots in Country. During her PBS performances, Betsy sings and dances with such major recording artist's as Frankie Valley, Frankie Avalon, Gary Puckett, Connie Francis, Little Peggy Marsh, Jimmy Clanton, Mel Carter, Glenn Cambell, BJ Thomas, and many more. Betsy most recently returned from Nashville, TN where she appeared as a featured soloist for two PBS television shows, singing country classics and 70’s classic rock.

Betsy is featured on national radio and television commercials including Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Captain Morgan’s Rum, and the currently running "Silver Microphone" award-winning Dad's Dog food. Last year, Betsy added to her national credits, a promotion for CMT (County Music Television), singing a classic Loretta Lynn song. She was hand picked by Harpo productions to sing the Syrius radio lead in for The Oprah Winfrey Show. Betsy has sung for numerous local television and radio adds including Friedman’s Supermarkets, KDKA TV, Baierl Chevrolet, The New Shoppe’s at Northway, and Sturm and Larkin.

In 2008 Betsy won the “TAE sound of opportunity” contest with her original songs. A finalist in the Lilithe Faire International Songwriting Competition, Betsy was invited to perform her original song Holland at the famed "Opera House" in Toronto Canada. Her song Stonger was used as the official SWAN day Pittsburgh in the 2012 performance and campaign. She has appeared as a featured soloist numerous times with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra with the late Marvin Hamlisch. Other solo appearances include River City Brass Band, Latshaw Orchestra, and the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the Washington (PA) Symphony. She is a fixture on the local Pittsburgh music scene, including appearing on WQED All Star Holiday Jam as well as playing such venues as the Mellon Arena for the Mario Lemeux International Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Benedum Center for the Pittsburgh Opera annual fundraiser, the Heart Ball and many more.

In the fall of 2004, she was invited to sing at the United Nations in New York City for “Nuclear Disarmament Worldwide“ which was headed by Ted Turner and Mikhail Gorbachev. Betsy has also performed at the French embassy in Washington D.C. Betsy is one of the most in demand vocal instructors in the tri-state area. In addition to her new appointment as director of JIVE, she is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as an Artist Lecturer in Voice. Betsy can also be found teaching at the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.


Luz Manriquez

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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Luz Manríquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Música. Upon graduation, she continued to advance her studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and María Iris Radrigán at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her Master's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manríquez was appointed to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music in 1992. She was promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in 2004. Since 2012, she has also served as the Co-Director of Collaborative Piano.

Ms. Manríquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. She has performed with the 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 founding in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Ms. Manriquez has been a regular guest with PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival). She also appears yearly at the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Chamber Music Series.

Ms. Manríquez was the pianist in It's Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She has also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers such as Reza Vali, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Ms. Manríquez can be heard in recordings of oboe and piano music with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D'Almeida. She also has performed alongside flutist Alberto Almarza in Atacama (Nancy Galbraith). In 2015 and 2016 recordings with cellist Aaron Zelkowicz were released – Chamber Music of Joachim Stutchewsky and Leo Zeitlin’s Yiddish Songs and Chamber Music and Declamations, both on Toccata Classics.

In October 2002, Ms. Manríquez 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. This recording was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d'Or Prize in 2008 in France.

As a pedagogue, Ms. Manríquez teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music, where she serves as acting Director of the Piano Division. Her students are prize winners in National and International piano competitions and have been invited to perform at highly-acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Music Hall (New York City) and in the United Nations. In May 2016, Ms. Manríquez was invited to give Master Classes at Yonsei University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. In May 2017, she inaugurated the first CMU Collaborative Piano Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.

One of Chile's most distinguished musicians, Ms. Manríquez 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 her a sought after chamber musician and collaborative artist. 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, Ms. Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert. 


Monique Mead

Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Music Entrepreneurship

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As Director of Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Monique
Mead is passionate about helping students create new avenues for music in society.
Inspired and mentored by Leonard Bernstein, she has been a lifelong activist for classical
music as a violinist, educator and innovator. Performing as a soloist, chamber musician,
and presenter, Mead has devoted her performing career to nurturing new audiences
and deepening the musical experience for seasoned concertgoers. Since 1998, she has
appeared regularly on German television and radio featuring her innovative youth
concerts with prestigious German orchestras in Berlin, Munich, and Cologne. In the U.S.
she has collaborated with the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Mainly
Mozart, Orcas Island, Rockport Festival, among others. She currently serves as Board
Chair of Chamber Music Pittsburgh and has served as Co-Music Director of the Strings
Music Festival in Steamboat Springs from 2008-2014. At home, she particularly enjoys
performing chamber music with her two talented teens on harp and piano.


Rodrigo Ojeda

Assistant Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying

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Ojeda began his piano studies at the age of ten. He completed his Bachelor´s Degree in piano performance at the IUDEM (Institute of Musical Studies) in 1997 under Arnaldo Pizzolante. In 1999 he went on to complete his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University with Enrique Graf where he also remained to complete his Artist Diploma certificate.

Mr. Ojeda has performed on master classes with such notable pianists as Kasimierz Giesrod (former rector of the Frederic Chopin Academy in Warsaw ), Marek Joblonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas, and Earl Wild. His solo recitals include performances throughout Venezuela, Ecuador and most recently in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed concerti from an expansive repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt (Totentanz), Cesar Frank and Prokofiev.

A versatile pianist, Mr. Ojeda has performed numerous chamber works from classical and contemporary string, brass and woodwind repertoire. He has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of Efrain Amaya and Educardo Alonso Crespo.

Mr. Ojeda´s most recent live television and radio broadcasts include Prokofiev´s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Orquesta Municipal, Caracas, Venezuela. This summer Mr. Ojeda will be soloist once again with the Orquesta Municipal, playing the Brahms´ 2nd Piano Concerto as well as performing in chamber and solo recitals throughout Mexico, Venezuela and Spain.

Currently Mr. Ojeda is an Artist Lecturer in Piano in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a piano faculty member in its Music Preparatory School. His wife, Giuseppina, and son, Sebastian, reside with him in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Dimitri Papadimitriou

Artist Lecturer in Chamber Music

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Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. A passionate avid of chamber music, Dimitri has recently collaborated with many principal musicians from major European and U.S.orchestras, including Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A musician of versatile skills, he has lately developed an interest in conducting that led him to a successful debut on the podium with Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat major and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony at the Pierre Monteux Festival and School. Currently a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, he also serves as the Artistic Director of the ‘Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series’, a newly found series that brings together members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to the U.S., Dimitri was residing in Ireland enjoying a flourishing career with engagements in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, while completing his Doctorate in Music Performance. A native of Greece, Dimitri at age sixteen won first prize at the international chamber music competition ‘Classical Heritage’ of Moscow, made his debut with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’ and following an outstanding success, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for a national broadcast. A graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.


MaryBeth Schotting

Director, String Preparatory Division; Director, Summer String Workshop

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MaryBeth G. Schotting serves on the violin faculty of Carnegie Mellon University as Artist Lecturer in Violin and Director of the String Preparatory Division, a program she was asked to create and has developed since 2002. She also teaches violin to undergraduates in the Music Extension Division of Carnegie Mellon. Since Ms. Schotting’s tenure as Director of the String Preparatory Division, she founded and is Director of the Summer String Workshop, a one week program of masterclasses and chamber orchestra. She also conducts and directs the Violin Choir of the String Preparatory School, a select group she created of young violinists that perform around Pittsburgh.

Ms. Schotting has taught extensively the past nineteen years, continuing the lineage of her renowned teachers. Her violin studies have been with Alan Bodman, Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske, Syoko Aki, and Andres Cardenes, Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Ms. Schotting taught at Connecticut College, Yale University, and was assistant to Isaac Malkin of the Manhattan School of Music. In the past few years, her students have placed in local competitions including the Duquesne Young Artist’s Competition, Westmoreland Young Artist’s Competition, and the Lois Streator/ Louis Smith Young Artist’s Competition. Many of her current students play in the youth symphonies of Pittsburgh, including the Symphonettes, Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and have held principal positions.

Ms. Schotting also has extensive orchestral experience, and currently performs with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras. She has played with a multitude of orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and countless orchestras in Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony, Connecticut Chamber Virtuosi, and New Music New Haven. She has also performed with the Music on the Edge series for the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Schotting has performed at music festivals around the world including the Sunflower Music Festival , Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival USA and Italy, and at music festivals in Austria and France.

Ms. Schotting has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University, and a Performance Residency Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. She has played solo and chamber music recitals in New York City, South Carolina with Chamber Music Hilton Head, for the Tuesday Musical Club in Akron, Ohio and in Pittsburgh for the Steinway Society. She has received awards for her chamber musicianship from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, as well as performing for former President Clinton. Ms. Schotting has won numerous violin competitions, including the Tuesday Musical Club in Akron, Ohio, and has soloed with local orchestras including the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.


Daniel Teadt

Assistant Teaching 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 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 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Susquehanna Vallay Chorale, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and Lyric Fest.

Upcoming he will be appearing with Pittsburgh Opera in Little Women, Akron Symphony for the Faure Requiem, West Liberty Chorale’s Messiah, Resonance Works, Elgar’s The Apostles with the Riverside Symphonia and the New York City premiere of Missa Latina with Canticum Novum. 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 and Central City Opera among others.

A lauded concert singer and recitalist Mr Teadt has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, 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, Music In A Great Space, Lyric Fest, Music Of St Paul’s Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Palm Beach Song Series, Freya String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recitals and Aix-en-provence Festival.

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 as well as 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 Central Conservatory of Music-Beijing, The Palacio das Artes in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arizona Opera, Ball State University, Clarion University, 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. Daniel is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.


Paula Tuttle

Cello coach

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A Pittsburgh native, Paula Tuttle (Cello) has traveled and performed throughout the US, Europe and the Far East as orchestral musician, soloist and chamber music artist. She played as Principal Cello for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She presented numerous recitals in France during three summers at the Acadamie Franco-Americaine in Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence.

She has been active as soloist and recitalist in the Western Pennsylvania region with the Slippery Rock Piano Trio since 2004. As a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, she has been Assistant Principal as well as Principal Cello since 1987. In addition to providing private lessons, Ms. Tuttle teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. More information about Ms. Tuttle is available on her website at:


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.


R. James Whipple

Artist Lecturer in Music Theory

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R. James Whipple, Artist Lecturer in Music Theory, is a composer, bassoonist, and chamber musician. He coaches chamber music at Carnegie Mellon, and teaches classes in counterpoint and harmony. Outside the University, he is Artistic Director and Bassoonist with the Renaissance City Winds. He was composer-in-residence with the Pittsburgh New Residency of MEET THE COMPOSER between 2001 and 2005. His music has been performed, published, recorded, and broadcast in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Whipple writes predominantly for chamber ensembles, but his catalog also includes works for band, chorus, orchestra, keyboard, and solo instruments. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaborations, with scores for modern dance and mime theater productions and three collaborative poetry works with Samuel Hazo, Pennsylvania's first State Poet. His Concertino for An Autumn Mood - for solo bassoon, strings, and harp - was recorded for the MMC label by the Czech Radio Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. In recent years, he has written many works especially for student groups in middle and high schools where the Renaissance City Winds has performed extended residencies, often training students to compose the basic themes of the pieces.

Whipple has a busy career as a chamber music performer and administrator. He was a founding member of Pittsburgh's Renaissance City Winds in 1975, and has served as Artistic Director since 1978. The group makes 50-100 public appearances each season, has released two CDs, and tours throughout the eastern United States. Whipple also plays Baroque bassoon with Bach and the Baroque, an early-instrument group based at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Baroque. On modern bassoon, he has recorded with Centaur, CRI, Serenus, and CBS/Sony, and was Principal Bassoon with the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra for fourteen seasons.

Whipple has extensive experience in arts administration; he currently serves as General Director of the Renaissance City Wind Music Society, which sponsors the performing ensemble. He is often invited to give presentations at conferences on various aspects of chamber music programming, ensemble organization, and marketing, and has been appointed to a number of funding review panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His principal composition teachers were Roland Leich and David Del Tredici; he also studied with Leonardo Balada and Gardner Read. His bassoon teachers included Arthur Kubey (principal, Pittsburgh Symphony), Richard Plaster (contrabassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Mark Popkin (Clarion Quintet, Mostly Mozart Festival).

Mr. Whipple has also taught at Carlow University, Slippery Rock University, West Virginia University, and the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College. His academic interests include counterpoint, American music history, and wind chamber music literature. Before becoming a full-time musician in 1975, he earned a degree in physics and worked as a research assistant for the U.S. Naval Air Development Center, where he was the principal author of a technical paper. He welcomes double-majors and non-music majors into his Carnegie Mellon classes.


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.