Teachers

Lela Clawson-Miller - Piano

Lela Clawson-Miller - Piano

Lela graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in piano and has taught over 100 students how to play the piano! In addition to her private studio, Lela taught private lessons and group classes for five years at Foundation Music School, a nonprofit school for the arts based in Colorado. During lessons, Lela teaches improvisation, ear-training, technique, reading, music theory, composition and specifically chosen repertoire.

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Brian Hecht - Guitar and Piano

Brian Hecht - Guitar and Piano

Brian has played guitar for 20 years, and has taught private music lessons for over 10. Thanks to encouragement from his first guitar instructor Jim Petroff, and a confidence-building experience playing in the 2003 PMEA district jazz band, he decided to continue his music education at Duquesne University, earning his Bachelor of Music in 2007.

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Sam Roschewsk - Voice

Sam Roschewsk - Voice

North Jersey native, Sam Roschewsk recently graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she earned her bachelor's degree in music, with a focus in voice and music composition.

Sam is a classically trained soprano and has been studying voice for over ten years. She has a fondness for opera and classical music, and believes all classical vocal techniques are useful and can be applied to more modern styles such as musical theatre belting, or singing popular music.

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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.

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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

Hello!

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 Pittsburgh-born drummer, guitarist, and music producer who loves playing and teaching music of all kinds! Along with teaching at Sunburst, Kevin is the drummer for Studio E (featuring Gary Racan of The Vogues), Ferdinand the Bull, Chloe Wiecz Collective and house drummer for weekly jam session The Late Hit.

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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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