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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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Scott Spindler - Guitar & Banjo Teacher

Scott Spindler - Guitar & Banjo

My musical journey began when I started taking guitar lessons in middle school. I was really into classic rock at the time and have such fond memories of cranking the distortion and practicing for hours. Guitar was such a great outlet for me and helped give me confidence at a time when I had very little.

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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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Shane McLaughlin - Guitar & Piano Teacher

Shane McLaughlin - Guitar & Piano

My passion for music began at a young age with my parents introducing me to the music of Motown and the rock, pop and soul music that they grew up on. I began studying piano at age 6 and dabbled in the pursuit of several other instruments before truly finding my place with guitar and choral music in middle school.

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Jonathan Cordle - Guitar Teacher

Jonathan Cordle - Guitar

I found my mom’s old, dusty guitar beneath our basement steps when I was 12 years old. Playing piano since the age of 5 and growing up with an insatiable fascination in music, I was quickly hooked. I noticed the Do-It-Yourself approach that my favorite punk bands lived by and so I followed suit by teaching myself to play along with my favorite songs and form bands with my friends. I immersed myself in the local music scene and took notes from the performances that captivated me the most. Everything I took in influenced my own endeavors of writing and performing.

 

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Rosanna Pattera - Voice and Ukulele

Rosanna Pattera - Voice and Ukulele

At a young age, Rosanna began performing in musical theater productions with the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh on the Benedum and Byham Theaters. She continued performing in school and community theater musical productions until the end of high school.

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Lucas Bowman - Keyboards

Lucas Bowman - Keyboards

Whether it was the Cuban songs my mother sang to me or the rock records my father played, music has always been an important part of my life. I started taking Classical piano lessons at a young age and later in high school would also pick up the guitar and drums as I played in various groups. Towards the end of high school I discovered my passion for Jazz music and entered Duquesne University to study music. 

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Todd Saulle - Drums

I have been drumming for 20 years, since age 11. I've played in every kind of band from jazz to rock to marching. I was a member of the Pitt Drumline, where he played snare drum for four years. Currently, I play drums for a local rock band, 28 North. My favorite drummers are John Bonham and Travis Barker.

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Kiki Brown, Voice Teacher

Kiki Brown - Voice

I’ve been very fortunate to have a fairly well-rounded vocal music background. I started singing and performing as a very young girl in church. I kept at it throughout high school, where I met six other fantastic singers who constituted my first band....

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Bryan Persinger - Guitar  Teacher

Bryan Persinger - Guitar

Bryan Persinger is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative And Performing Arts, Bryan went on to study music performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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