Bonnie Myers-Toward - received a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education Degree from Duquesne University majoring in violin and piano. She received her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently the Director of Orchestras in the South Butler County Schools where she has taught for the past twenty nine years. Bonnie is an active musican who is a member of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Matthew Kraemer. She has performed with the Ivy Leaf Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of their Community Side by Side program acting as the concert-mistress on two occasions. She has worked as a musician on videos and in conjunction with members of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Bonnie also received the Paul Ross Award for Excellence in Education and Community Engagement from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has published her own music books. At the Western Pennsylvania Center for the Arts, Bonnie is the Director of Programming and directs the WPCA Symphony and Rock Orchestras.
$20.00 per half hour
Ricardo L. Hayden Jr, - is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachlors Degree in Music Education majoring in clarinet, saxophone and wind instruments. He has fourteen years of teaching experience and is currently the Director of Bands in the South Butler County Schools. Rick is an active musician performing with the Butler Musicians Concert Band, the Murphy Tribute Band, G.R.T. and others. His most recent appointment with lead vocalist Adam Brock from American Idol. Rick has also performed in pit orchestras for the Wizard of Oz, Evita, Crazy for You, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story. He has been a guest judge and clinician for Performing Arts Consultants, a New York based company.
$20.00 per half hour
Kip Johnston - Received her Bachlors of Arts Degree in Music Education from Seton Hill College and has been teaching since 1982. She has taught elementry annd middle school band, beginning strings, choir, and general music for grades one through eight and is currently a music instructor with the South Butler County School District. She specializes in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and is currently playing french horn with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra. Kip has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony side-by-side, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and a varity of community groups. She has taught privately for thirty years.
$20.00 per half hour
Robin Hasenpflug Received her Bachelors of Music Degree in Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she studied with Regina Mushabac. She then received her Masters of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of LaSalle String Quartet cellist, Lee Fiser. Robin performs as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. She is the principal cellist for the Butler County Symphony, assistant principal of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison Wisconsin, acting principal for the Ohio Valley Symphony and enjoys playing in the Erie Philharmonic and Wheeling Symphony. She is also frequently seen on the stage of Butler County Community College's Succop Theater for solo recitals as well as chamber music programs. She performs regularly with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has played concerts with singers Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Michae Bublé. Robin is an avid freelance musician and her broad musical experience has enabled her to share the stage with some of today's most popular artists. She is also the adjunct professor of cello at Westmnster College. Robin has taught private cello lessons to students of all ages and levels for over 20 years
$25.00 per half hour
Julia Ann Scott has received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Ohio University, Masters in the Arts of International Affairs from Ohio University, Masters Degree in Harp Performance from Indiana University, and the Artists Diploma in harp performance from Duquesne University. Julia is an active musician and is principal harpist for the Westmoreland Symphony, Butler Symphony, substitute for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and principal harpist for the Andra Bocelli summer tour. Julia received a Fulbright Scholarship to be the principal harpist for the National Symphony Orchestra of Quito Equador. Julia also had the privilege of providing the music for the funeral services of US AIR flight 93. She is guest lecturer in harp at Grove City College and assistant faculty at the City Music Center at Duquesne University.
$48.00 per one hour lesson
Raymond Myers received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Performance from West Liberty University. Ray also hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Music Technology. While at West Liberty Ray was the first person in the history of the University to receive a perfect score for his senior recital. He has also studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Guitarist Scott Elliott and has also studied various recording techniques with Grammy Award winning composer and audio engineer Jamie Peck. Ray has performed and worked with numerous musicians in the Ohio valley region always captivating his audiences with his unique style and technical ability. He is in the process of composing and recording his latest progressive music project called Architects of Andromeda. Ray teaches guitar, ear training, theory and composition.
$20.00 per half hour
Doug Edgell is a graduate of West Liberty University where he studied music with an emphasis on classical guitar and a minor in business. His name is synonymous with the Pittsburgh music scene. His multifaceted business affords him the opportunity to be engaged in all aspects of the music community. He is redefining what it means to be a working musician today by offering a diverse set of skills to his students and clients. The Doug Edgell Trio performs locally at performance venues, private parties and corporate events. Doug's longtime friend Kelly Bell and former student Aaron Majiros keep audiences of all ages engaged with a uniquely diverse show that includes original music, rock, blues, R&B, acoustic and jazz. Doug is also Pittsburgh's number one choice for a wedding guitarist. He conceived as a comprehensive online guitar curriculum containing videos, pdf files and interactive guitar Pro 6 files.
Callie Meikrantz received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Grove City College, where she studied under Dr. Sasha Piastro-Tedford. She received the Douglas A. and Susan K. Browne Scholarship and was a winner of the college's annual concerto competition. During her time at Grove City, she was an avid member of the concert choir, touring choir, chamber choir, and theater department. Callie has also studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's Opera Boot camp. Callie is trained in classical opera, musical theater, and choral singing. Callie is also Proficient in piano and french horn.
Jeff Weston is a string bassist and Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. A passionate music educator. he has held teaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Haugland Learning Center for Autism, the oledo School for the Arts, and the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art. For his work in education, he was acknowledged as a finalist for the University of Pittsburgh's Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award.
As a string bassist, Weston has served as principal bass of the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra, Bowling Green State University Philharmonic, Perrysburg Orchestra, Heidelberg University Orchestra, and the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He is a founding member of the Color Field Music Ensemble and is currently part-time faculty at the University of Pitsburgh where he teaches music theory and fundamentals of music. Jeff also teaches music at the Environmental Charter School
$20.00 per half hour.
Jennifer Bronder has been a Drama and Language Arts Teacher at South Butler County School District for the past twelve years. During her tenure she has directed 26 shows including Chicago, Kiss me Kate, the Game's Afoot, Anything Goes, Our Town, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls. Knoch's most recent production, 42nd Street received twelve nominations including best show, best leading actor and actress and best ensemble. Jen is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Point Park University. She developed the curriculum for college in high school Theater Arts I and II and Performing Arts/Musical Theater. Jen earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in English, secondary and Elementary Education from Westminster College and her Masters of Arts Degree in Theater Education from New York University, Steinhardt. She worked at Brooklyn Children's Museum and was the education associate for the acting company.Jen was selected to serve on the committee that wrote the theater endorsement requirements for the state of Pennsylvania, which provides a guideline of academic standards for theater teachers. She is proud member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab.
The Western Pennsylvania Center for the Arts is extremely proud of our association with the instructors. We believe they are some of the best in the field of the fine arts. All are certified instructors and maintain all required clearances. Each instructor runs their studio independently and determines their own schedule, rates, and policies. When you inquire about a lesson we will match you with the appropriate instructor or a requested instructor. You may then speak with the instructor directly. We will relay any message to them if necessary.