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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, Central America and Australia, in such renowned venues as Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s 92nd Street Y and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noted for his “eloquent viola playing” (The Scotsman), David has performed at music festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and Philip Glass’ “Days and Nights Festival” in Big Sur, California. David’s career has involved collaborations with leading instrumentalists and ensembles such as the Pacifica, Shanghai, Cypress, Dover, Fine Arts and Miro Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio. David was formerly a member of the Toronto String Quartet and the Chester String Quartet  (“one of the country’s best and brightest young string quartets,” — Boston Globe) as well as the Canadian string trio “Triskelion.” With his wife, flutist Lorna McGhee and harpist, Heidi Krutzen, David is a member of Trio Verlaine.

David’s live performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio (Canada), BBC Radio 3 (UK), NPR’s ‘Performance Today’ (USA), ABC (Australia) and Deutschland Radio. David has recorded two CDs with Trio Verlaine; “ Fin de Siècle, the music of Debussy and Ravel”  (noted by the Vancouver Sun for “ravishing playing”) and “Six Departures” featuring works by Bax and Jolivet alongside new commissions by R. Murray Schafer and Jeffery Cotton. Upon release, “Six Departures” was chosen to be CBC Radio’s ‘Classical CD of the Week.’ Other notable recording projects include Philip Glass’ String Sextet and Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” on Orange Mountain Records, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” with the string trio Triskelion for CBC records, the music of Aaron Jay Kernis with the Chester Quartet, and Brahms’ Viola Sonatas with pianist Phillip Bush for Skylark Music.

In addition to performing the core chamber music literature, David enjoys working closely with composers on new commissions and has helped to expand the repertoire for viola with four solo commissions, and five chamber music commissions to date. In collaboration with Philip Glass, he has worked on interdisciplinary projects with poets Jerry Quickley, Mike Garry, and kora player, Foday Musa Suso. David has worked alongside rock musicians in studio sessions, and arranged the string tracks for the Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated album “Mad Mad World” by Tom Cochrane. Prior to joining the Chester Quartet and embarking on a chamber music career, David was Assistant Principal Viola of the Canadian Opera Company, and performed and recorded with renowned early music ensemble, Tafelmusik.

The depth of David’s musical experience and knowledge make him perfectly placed to help the next generation of musicians. As a devoted and sought-after teacher, David is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has given masterclasses throughout North America, at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity.  David was formerly Associate Professor of Viola at the University of British Columbia, and with the Chester String Quartet,  “Ensemble in Residence” at Indiana University South Bend.  A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and winner of the Sir John Barbirolli Award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, David’s primary teachers were Tibor Vaghy, Paul Doktor and Emmanuel Vardi. He performs on violas made by Nicolas Gilles, Montpellier, France and Pietro Antonio Della Costa, Treviso, Italy.



James Houlik

Artist Lecturer in Saxophone

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Saxophonist James Houlik has earned international acclaim as a remarkable performer and as an uncommonly gifted teacher.  He has played a major role in the development of his instrument, particularly in the cultivation of a robust repertoire: more than 100 new works have been composed for and dedicated to him by prominent composers of our time. He has built a reputation for compelling performances combining engaging repertoire, virtuosity, and powerfully expressive playing.

"A performance that might exhaust one's supply of superlatives."
-The Washington Post

Houlik's numerous recorded per£ormances have defined the role of his instrument in the concert setting. He has performed and taught in China, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Germany, Hungary, and Great Britain. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, with noteworthy performances in Warsaw, Berlin, Amsterdam, Phoenix, and including those with the London Symphony Orchestra, The American Symphony at Lincoln Center, The Istanbul Philharmonic, Grant Park Symphony (Chicago), The Czech Radio Orchestra, and the North Carolina Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A distinguished and dynamic teacher with unique insights and approaches to the saxophone, Houlik's students enjoy professional success in every facet of music performance and teaching. In addition to the frequent master classes he teaches here and abroad, each summer a large class of saxophonists gathers in the mountains of North Carolina for the James Houlik Saxophone Retreat, a showcase for his singular approach to saxophone pedagogy and artistry.

With frequent international appearances as performer and master teacher, Houlik has identified himself as, "as good a classical saxophonist as one is likely to encounter" (American Record Guide).


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.


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.


Dr. John Paul Ito

Associate Professor of Music Theory

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John Paul Ito received an SB in music from MIT, an MM in viola performance from Boston University, and a PhD in music theory from Columbia University.

His main area of research is meter and hypermeter and their connections with cognition, performance, and the history of musical style.  Other interests include cognitive linguistics, human movement science, methodology and epistemology, and Christian theology.  He has presented papers at venues including the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, the Performance Studies Network International Conference, the Society for Music Theory, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan.  Some of his recent and forthcoming publications can be found in Bonner Beethoven-Studien, College Music Symposium, The Journal of Musicology, The Journal of Music Theory, and Music Perception.  More details can be found on his personal website

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon he taught for several years in the conservatory at Lawrence University, where he received the Mrs. H. K. Babcock award for service to the campus community.  


Anne Jackovic Moskal

Artist Lecturer in Solfege

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Professional violinist, orchestral musician, and teacher, Anne Jackovic discovered her unique talent at the age of two. She exudes passion and dedication through exquisite performances. Her first training was received at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School while studying violin privately. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Violin Performance under the instruction of Cyrus Forough, she returned to obtain her Masters degree. Throughout her career, she has placed in many competitions throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Keynotes Scholarship Competition, Pittsburgh Concert Society, WQED-FM, and Duquesne City Music Center recognized her talent and dedication through awards and Scholarships. Carnegie Mellon University chose Jackovic as the 2005 "Most Outstanding Senior", presenting her with the Harry G. Archer Award. Additionally, she was featured as a soloist in a royal concert for Prince Philippe and Princess Christine of Chimay, Belgium. Winning her first professional audition, Jackovic became a member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in September of 2005. Since that time, she has also won section positions with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, Assistant Concertmaster with the Erie Philharmonic

Jackovic teaches violin throughout the Pittsburgh community. While completing her Masters degree at Carnegie Mellon, she substituted as a Solfege instructor for several university level classes. In the summer of 2006, she was appointed to be the Solfege instructor for the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College students. She has recently been appointed Artist Lecturer in Solfege for the School of Music and is currently on the violin faculty for the String Preparatory School.


Paul Johnston

Artist Lecturer in Musicology

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Paul Johnston comes to the School of Music with 25 years as an award-winning classical music broadcaster.

His broadcasts on WQED-FM, Pittsburgh, were twice named 'Best Public Affairs Program/Series' by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. He has also been honored by the New York Festival Awards and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He received the Golden Quill Award from Pittsburgh journalists for his overseas arts reporting.

Comfortable with the controls as well as on-air, Mr. Johnston has recorded for National Public Radio, American Public Media (formerly Public Radio International), NHK Japan, Vatican Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio. His work has been heard on such nationally syndicated programs as 'All Things Considered,' 'Performance Today,' 'First Art,' and 'Pipedreams.' He presently edits Pittsburgh Symphony performances for nationally syndicated broadcasts.

In addition to his teaching duties at Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Johnston is an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 'Fr. Paul' serves at Trinity Cathedral downtown. He is interested in the interface of creativity and spirituality.

Mr. Johnston lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife Sharon and cockatiel Arban. They share the house with one subwoofer, two shofars, and three tubas.


Sharon Johnston

Director of Student Services / Undergraduate Advisor

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Sharon Johnston grew up outside of Washington, D.C. , reading The Washington Post, visiting the Library of Congress where her father worked, and thinking every child’s father had his salary set by an act of Congress. She earned an undergraduate degree in education from Columbia Union College, and a master’s degree in education from Andrews University. A clarinetist, she participated in music performance ensembles at both schools, including the Concert Band, the Orchestra, and the Wind Ensemble.

Previously, Sharon worked in the education departments of Hanson Planetarium in Salt Lake City and the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh. Currently, she is Director of Student Services in the School of Music, a position she has held since its creation in 1988. Her involvement in music performance has been lifelong, including playing the recorder in early music groups and singing alto in church choirs. 

Sharon lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband Paul and cockatiel Arban (who whistles Beethoven when he feels like it). They share the house with one subwoofer, two shofars, and three tubas.