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Bonnie Myers-Toward - received a Bachelor 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.

$26.00 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.

$26.00 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.

$26.00 per half hour


Robin Treybig Received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she studied with Regina Mushabac. She then received her Master's 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 Michael 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 Westminster College. Robin has taught private cello lessons to students of all ages and levels for over 20 years.

$30.00 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 Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Performance from West Liberty University. Ray also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Technology. While at West Liberty Ray was the first person in the history of the University to receive a certificate of merit 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 an Adjunct Professor of guitar and electronic music at Seton Hill University and also an Adjunct Professor of guitar at Chatham University. Ray teaches guitar, ear training, music theory and composition.

$26.00 per half hour

Travis Butler is a drummer, audio engineer, and producer from Pittsburgh, PA. He began his drumming career in 2004 in the 4th grade band. His music instructors recognized his natural talent and pushed him to take music seriously. By 10th grade he was already building his own lesson studio, starting with some of the younger kids in his school district. By the end of high school Travis had auditioned and played for multiple PMEA advanced bands in the region, including the PMEA Honors Band, for which he took first chair percussion in both his junior and senior years. Travis continued his musical journey by being accepted to and graduating from the Mary Pappert School of Music Duquesne University. He had the privilege of learning from some of the most talented musicians in the world including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Today with live music finally making a reappearance, the gigging continues for Travis, as well as in multiple studios across the region. You can catch Travis playing all over Pittsburgh with the local acts Brahctopus and Justin Fabus.

$35.00 per half hour 

$60.00 per hour

Rachel Waldron-D'Abruzzo- her journey with the cello began at the age of eight and since then has been teaching and performing throughout the Pittsburgh area. Ms. D'Abruzzo's education includes a bachelor's degree in music from Duquesne University where she studied with Mikhail Istomin from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Paula Tuttle from the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet. She graduated with her master's degree at Duquesne University under the tutelage of Adam Liu from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. D'Abruzzo has performed in a variety of church venues. She has also performed in various concert series as well. She has also performed in various string and piano ensembles throughout the Pittsburgh area. Ms. D'Abruzzo has also performed as a section cellist in a number of orchestras such as Johnstown, Westmoreland, Washington, and Butler.  In the summer of 2018, she performed in the CLAZZ music festival in Arcidosso Italy and in 2019 she performed in Oranjestad Aruba at the Aruba Symphony Festival. When she isn't performing, she teaches a variety of string and piano students, some which have gone on to pursue music degrees.

$31.00 per half hour

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.

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