Teachers

Annina DeBerardinis - Drums

Annina DeBerardinis - Drums

In 2014, I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Music Therapy and a concentration in percussion. During my time there, I had the opportunity to study and perform various styles of music such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, and Contemporary, etc. My favorite percussion instruments that I studied and still use as a performer are drum set and hand percussion. I have played percussion with various artists around Pittsburgh such as Sol Persona and Avi Diamond performing pop, rock, and experimental influenced music.

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Chloe Wieczorek - Keyboards & Voice

Chloe Wieczorek - Keyboards & Voice

Ever since I was little, music has played a huge role in my life. I began studying piano at age 7. I loved how the instrument gave me an outlet to explore my creativity, and give life to the ideas going on in my head. By age 11, I was introduced to jazz. I absolutely loved the way the style conveyed emotion and embraced unique chords, allowing me to easily express myself and connect to the music. It was with jazz that I found a love for singing while playing the piano. 

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John O'Brien - Guitar Teacher

John O'Brien - Guitar

I consider myself, first and foremost, a student of music for life. My music education started in 4th grade in the school band, which continued through high school. While in college, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest musicians in the jazz community including private lessons with
Mr. John Maione and Mr. Joe Negri, as well as improvisation classes with Dr. Alton Merrell and Professor Geri Allen....

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Casey Hanner – Voice Teacher

Casey Hanner – Voice

I grew up with a musician as a father and a recording studio below my bedroom, so it was inevitable that I would end up involved in music somehow. For the past nine years, I’ve been the lead singer and guitar player of the Pittsburgh-based band Donora. That experience has allowed me to sing on stages of all sizes across the country, from LA to Austin to New York and a lot of places in between....

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Mike Molaro - Guitar & Keyboards Teacher

Mike Molaro - Guitar & Keyboards

I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs since I was 10 years old. I locked in almost immediately with the instrument, and it quickly became a way to express myself. It often took me away from the screen and helped me vent frustration and cope with preteen insecurities. More than schooling, it taught me the benefits of discipline and hard work. It was a fine craft, a skill, a difficult art, yet it was engaging and fun. A tough task with long-term goals I could actually appreciate, this was a first for me....

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Ernie Francestine, Guitar Teacher

Ernie Francestine - Guitar

When I was twelve I picked up my first guitar, and sixteen years later I am still falling in love with this fun and exciting instrument. As a beginner, I remember intently practicing to master basic chords and songs and eventually noticed myself making significant strides. This gave me the confidence and determination to stick with it...

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Alex Stanton, Guitar Teacher

Alex Stanton - Director

As a lead guitarist I had the opportunity to play The CMJ Music Festival in New York, N.Y. in 2009 and 2010, SXSW in Austin in 2010, Sundance Film Festival in 2010, the House of Blues in Chicago, and scores of other venues around the country. I currently write, record, and perform folkish pop music under the moniker townsppl...

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Sunburst School of Music

5843 Forbes Avenue, Suite 201

Pittsburgh, PA 15217