Sydney Kaczorowski - Voice and Keyboards

Sydney has dabbled in many art forms, starting with ballet at age 3, alto saxophone at 9, choir at 10, and piano at 15. Despite having interests in many different things, Sydney has always known she loved the limelight of the stage and the comradery of working with others. Originally from South Jersey, Sydney received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the Mary Pappert School of music at Duquesne University in May 2018.

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Heather DiCocco - Guitar, Piano

Heather DiCocco - Guitar, Piano

I began learning about music in piano lessons as a kid. In high school I decided to get a guitar and teach myself some chords. I mostly played quietly in my room until I started guitar lessons with a teacher who really encouraged me to sing more and try writing songs. I didn’t consider myself a singer but it was through that encouragement that I began gigging around my town with my own music. The act of creating something and sharing it with others was fascinating and very beneficial to me as a teenager. During this time I was also working at a nursing home where I was discovering how much I could connect with residents through music. These experiences with music led me to the decision to study music in college. In 2016, I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in music therapy and concentration in piano. Outside of class I enjoyed being involved in musical theatre, performing at open mics, and learning to play the drums.

I went on to intern at Clarion Psychiatric Center and then moved to Pittsburgh where I began facilitating music therapy groups in schools and nursing homes throughout the region. I currently teach marimba, drumming, and music expression classes at a wellness program that promotes brain health. Since stepping into a teaching role, I find importance in being able to manage different ability levels so everyone feels like their needs are being met. Just like my guitar teacher’s encouragement opened the doors to my singing and writing, I hope to do the same for my students. It's my goal to guide people to positive and meaningful experiences with music.

When I’m not making music at work, I have a lot of fun with my band. We tend to focus on 3-part female harmony, folky upbeat covers of angsty 90’s hits, and making the audience laugh. My bandmates call me the Swiss army knife of the band because I play whatever instrument is needed. I tend to rotate between guitar, vocals, percussion, mandolin, and (definitely not the most annoying instrument in the world) the washboard.


Leigh Usilton

Leigh Usilton - Voice

Leigh Usilton is currently an assistant professor of music at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV. A native of Maryland, Dr. Usilton brings a wide range of musical experience to her teaching and performance, often highlighting the vast American musical landscape: music theater, art song, contemporary and commercial
styles, and the areas in between. Her research focuses on issues of vocal production and performance in music theater and contemporary commercial music, specifically the
female belt/mix voice.

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Nicholas Huneycutt

Nick Huneycutt - Drums & Percussion

Nicholas Huneycutt is a freelance percussionist and educator located in the greater Pittsburgh area. Currently, Nicholas keeps busy as a founding member of NAT 28, a new music ensemble that features both Pittsburgh area composers and musicians.

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Max Robinette

Max Robinette - Guitar, Piano, Ukulele


My name is Max Robinette. I’m 26, and I was born and raised in Pittsburgh where I grew up in a very musical family and played constantly throughout my childhood. I went to North Allegheny High School, and from there went to Music School at CCAC, where I focused on classical piano and interpretations of pieces. I then transferred to La Roche College, where I majored in English and Writing, still playing music all the while.

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Emily Pivovarnik

Emily Pivovarnik - Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Emily has been singing since she could talk. However, she discovered her passion for the piano one day in sixth grade music class. Her inspiration for serving her community through music came when she provided concerts for her grandparents at local nursing homes. She quickly saw how healing and powerful music can be, and decided at 15 years old that she would spend the rest of her life helping others through music. She never looked back.

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Kevin Lynch - Drums & Guitar

Kevin Lynch - Drums & Guitar

Kevin is a successfully converted athlete-turned-artist, led astray from the ball field by the zest of the Chili Peppers, the reverie of Rancid, the suavity of Wes Montgomery. To be fair, he always had a creative inkling, from writing comics on spelling tests to filming over his parents' wedding with his own mockumenary. Drums and guitar, however, persisted as his preferred creative outlets.

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Fin Haggerty-Hammond - Guitar & Music Production

Fin Hagerty-Hammond - Guitar & Music Production

Fin began studying music in his hometown of Oakland, CA at the age of 10, shortly thereafter becoming involved in the local jazz community.

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Max Somerville - Keyboards

Max Somerville - Keyboards

Music has always been a constant source of joy in my life. I learned to play the piano when I was six, and it became an invaluable tool for me when I started writing my own songs. I believe the most important thing in music is to be excited and to be inspired! I have released several albums and toured the country as the singer, pianist, and songwriter for the pop rock band Wreck Loose.

–Max Somerville

Anne Angyal - Keyboards & Music Production

Anne Angyal - Keyboards and Music Production

In 2012, while living in Honolulu, I received a copy of Reason and started to compose music on the computer.  My karaoke friends then started singing along to my tracks, I upgraded to Ableton Live and stilllifehonolulu was born.  I performed around Honolulu, was lucky to able to be included on a Mana Maoli compilation album, and also produced music for my friend's synthpop band Bird of Paradise.  A couple of years ago, I moved back to Pittsburgh and started a studio project called AANNGGEE with another producer.  In 2017, I began to further my knowledge of mixing audio in Pro Tools by completing a class at Berklee Online.  

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Ben Sherman - Guitar & Piano Teacher

Ben Sherman - Guitar & Piano

I grew up in a very musical family, and have been fortunate to have been surrounded by music my whole life. I started playing piano at 4 or 5 years old, and then I took up the trumpet in my elementary school band and stuck with it until high school. When I turned 16, I discovered the guitar and fell in love with it. I immediately knew that I wanted to spend my life studying the guitar, and after high school, I attended Duquesne University, and majored in music performance.

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