Seasons Archives: Spring 2017

Jason Floyd Lewis & Bruce Pipman Exhibit

Jason Floyd LewisPainter
Bruce PipmanPainter

Do we see with our eyes or our brain? According to the invisible ships phenomenon, it appears to be our brain. Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain James Cook’s 1770 voyage to Australia wrote that when their ship first approached the coast, the native fishermen virtually paid no attention to the 106-foot long Endeavor passing within a quarter of a mile of them, scarcely looking up from their employment. They supposedly couldn’t see the large ship, because they’d never before seen one.

Perhaps that is why the eye has been called a humble and silent organ. Its light and energy are filtered by what the mind expects to see, giving credence to the adage that we only see what we’re looking for. It also explains the role that artists throughout history have taken, opening new worlds to their viewers – putting what they see and feel into images that invite one to look through the prism of their imagination and emotion.

You can see through the “mind’s eyes” of two delightfully different artists in Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts’ next exhibit in the Red Brick Gallery from April 21 to May 28, 2017 in Foxburg. Magic and mystery are the inspiration for the artwork of guest artist Bruce Pipman and RBG Cooperative Artist Jason Floyd Lewis.

Meet the Artists in the Exhibit Opening on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 t 6:oo PM immediately following the concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.  

Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


Bruce Pipman

Artist Bruce Pipman creates what he calls a magical reality, where objects that look like birds and fish are not that really. His art engages the viewer in observing the artist’s creative steps and seeing through his imagination.

“Insight starts with knowing yourself. The viewers complete the picture. I believe that the truth in life lies beneath the surface and in my paintings I try to scratch at that surface.” His exhibited artwork, primarily developed “via acrylics, ink and inspiration”, will include works both new and from recent shows, including “Magical Realism” and “The Poet Speaks”.

Bruce Pipman always has taken an inventive approach, from professional work as a photographer in early years to his career in the Executive Search Business. He has been creating art since retiring ten years ago – moving from working in the basement of his home to an Amish built studio in his backyard in New Kensington where friends and neighbors stop by to watch him work.

Inspired by what artists Milton Avery and Pablo Picasso could do with a couple of lines, Pipman seeks to stimulate his audience to “dream through the lines and color of the image and to look not so much through my eyes as through my mind.” He also puts words on some artwork, wanting the viewer to follow the words into the painting.

Demonstrating that retirement is just the beginning for many Baby Boomers exploring paths not taken earlier in life, Pipman says that working as an artist is as fulfilling as anything he’s ever done. As the father of two sons who have children themselves, it is a joy for him to watch his grandchildren respond to his art. “I’m a Grandpa with the mind of an 18 year old kid.”

You can “see” for yourself, through the minds and vision of two superb artists at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, May 8, 2017. A Meet the Artists reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, after the concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.   Gallery Hours are Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00–7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00–4:00 PM. 

Jason Floyd Lewis

Purple Evening, oil, 24 X 36

Jason Floyd Lewis is well known to area residents. A native of Clarion, PA, Jason is a charter artist/member of the Red Brick Gallery Cooperative whose works grace the walls of the Gallery and Gift Shop and the homes of his many fans and friends.  His stunning oil landscapes range in size from exquisite miniatures to breathtaking large canvases; landscapes in graphite and colored pencil are subtle in nuance and detail.

Winter Dawn, oil, 13×18

Jason Floyd Lewis grew up in Clarion, PA. He received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied drawing and painting. He went on to earn a MFA in Drawing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Currently, Jason lives in Clarion, Pennsylvania and shares a studio space with his wife, Amanda.

In the Moonlight, oil, 20×24

Jason’s interest in conveying mood, emotion and the effects of light, air and humidity takes the viewer on a journey into the mind of the forest scenes he depicts.

Wintertime Brushwood, oil, 24×36

Wintertime Thicket, oil, 24×36

Jason Floyd Lewis has been drawing and painting the landscape for over fifteen years. His artistic process has always centered around the naturalistic study of his subject. In his recent work, he has become inspired by the mystery and emotive potential he sees.

Moon #2, oil, 8×12

“The work evolves as I become interested in different characteristics I perceive in the world around me.  During the past winter, I have been observing the landscape in various states of diminishing light and thicker atmosphere.  This has been enabled by the shorter daylight hours of winter and the increased time spent outside in lower light conditions.  The exploration of these motifs has influenced the way I use light in all of my work.”

Evening Walk, oil, 8×12

Jason Floyd Lewis – Artist Statement

My artwork represents the landscape as I have observed it. The paintings and drawings represent real places, most of them near my home in western PA. Most of the places I choose to represent are in some way memorable, such as rivers, roads or other significant landmarks. I am interested in the way human activities coexist and intermingle with the natural landscape in rural areas.

Sunset with White Pine, oil, 8×12

My goal is to depict the landscape in a naturalistic way. I use photographic reference in the studio to produce my finished works, however, I do not consider myself to be a photorealist. The photos are a tool used both for designing and for recording facts about my subject. As I work, I refer to the photographs, but also rely on my memories of observing the landscape and on my recollections of paintings done by other artists whom I admire. I work in thin layers of paint, building up detail and color contrasts gradually until I am satisfied with the visual impact of the representation.  I am also interested in depicting the various effects of light, air and humidity that can transform the mood of the landscape.

Summer Morning Mist, oil, 24x16

Summer Morning Mist, oil

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil, 24x12

Winter Fog with Evergreens, oil

I recently have focused on forest interior spaces, exploring the more rugged terrain of wooded areas. In my work, I try to balance my strict attention to realistic detail with a freedom to manipulate the overall structure and effect of my images. I try to use gradations, lines and rhythms to create a sense of space and time in a dynamic way. My goal is to orchestrate works of art that not only emulate the beauty of the landscape but also operate as an expression of my personal response to it.

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk, 11x22

Forest Interior with Large Stone, graphite and chalk

The exhibit can be seen at the Red Brick Gallery from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, May 8, 2017. A Meet the Artists reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, after the concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall.

The Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg, PA 16036.   Gallery Hours are Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00–7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00–4:00 PM. 

Sunset with Blue Hills, oil, 8X12

A-C Valley Student Art Exhibit 2017

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to be partnering with the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools for a third year, presenting an exhibit of more than 100 artworks by Allegheny-Clarion Valley Jr. and Sr. High School students from April 8 to 16, 2017, on the second floor of the Red Brick Gallery on Main Street in Foxburg.  

This exhibit is part of ARCA’s Educational ArtReach program, bringing celebrated artists and seasoned teaching artists to conduct residencies in the A-C Valley Schools and showcasing the artwork of Jr. and Sr. High School students in exhibits at the Red Brick Gallery.

In their educational process, more than one hundred students in A-C Valley High School art teacher, Anita Allen’s classes have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. They have created artwork that is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images in various media: Acrylic, watercolor, pastels, tempera, scratchboard, acrylic on slate, charcoal, marker, India ink – plus three-dimensional art including ceramics, pottery and sculptures.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit throughout the year,” said Anita Allen. “It’s amazing to witness their creative process in the various media in which they have worked.  I am grateful that ARCA is exhibiting their art in the Red Brick Gallery again this Spring.  It’s important for the students to see their artwork displayed publicly.  Our community, without a doubt, will get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this exhibit.”

This is the third exhibit of A-C Valley student art at the Gallery.  Red Brick Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds said, “As many will recall, the Gallery opened its 2015 season for the first time with an A-C Valley Student exhibit. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was phenomenal. The work was vibrant and explosive! And many people in the community were introduced to the Red Brick Gallery by the lure of viewing the art of a student known to them. We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to drop by to support the students. It’s a great experience that leaves everyone with a sense of awe for the freshness and talent of these young artists.”

Superintendent of the A-C Valley School District, David McDeavitt said, “It makes me very happy to have a local organization such as ARCA helping to support our educational system.  Opportunities like the Red Brick Gallery provide our students with learning opportunities that extend past the classroom and into the community.  One of our goals at A-C Valley is to develop our students into productive members of society and this program does just that!”

The exhibit will run two weekends, from Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, April 16, with gallery hours on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Meet the Student Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 12:000 to 5:00 PM. 

The ARCA Board of Directors is grateful to Red Brick Gallery Artistic Director, Donna Edmonds, for her generosity and expertise in hanging this exhibit of A-C Valley student art this spring.

ARCA thanks the A-C Valley School Board, Superintendent David McDeavitt, Principal Bill Jordan, Staff and Faculty including Anita Allen and R.J. Feicht for their partnership.



Allegheny-Clarion Valley Art Students of Anita Allen
Featured in the Red Brick Gallery Exhibit 2017

Alyssa Ace                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hello my name is Alyssa Ace. I am 14 years old and go to A-C Valley High School. I live in Parker, PA. I enjoy doing pottery and charcoal drawings. I am in softball, volleyball, basketball, track, cross-country, cheerleading, and gymnastics. I am a runner for Cross Country and I am holding the record for JH. My hobbies are Running, Fishing, Hunting, and Football. For my future job I want to be a MMA fighter or a Professional Woman’s Boxer.

Lauren Alworth                                                     Media: Ceramic/Acrylic                                    11th Grade
My name is Lauren Alworth and I am a junior at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I am very active in the music, art, and cheerleading programs. In past years, we have won our D9 competition, the Co-ed division, gone to states, and advanced to semifinals last year. I participate in marching, jazz and concert band, and I play the alto, tenor, baritone saxophone. I am also in chorus and participate in our musicals. Even though I’ve never had an important part, I have been in Pippin, The Sound of Music, and Schoolhouse Rock and really loved it. I am also part of the student council and the vice president of my class.

Brad Armagost                                                       Medium: Ink                                                            12th Grade
My name is Brad Armagost. I did an Ink picture and it looks pretty sweet too, but in all honesty it was hard and looks amazing.

Makenna Armagost                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Makenna Armagost and I am 14 years old and in 8th grade at A-C Valley. I participate in the A-C Valley Drama Club and Do Something Good Club. I am a Jr. High School cheerleader and also play volleyball and softball. I enjoy singing in the choir and playing the clarinet in concert band. I really enjoy trying out new things.

Zach Austin                                                               Medium: Pencil                                                      11th Grade
My name is Zach Austin and I was born on August 13, 1999. I live in St. Petersburg, PA with my mom, dad, and my dog. I am currently a junior at AC Valley High School. I participate in student council, track, and golf. I am in the middle of my third year of taking an art class. The picture I am entering in the art show is my old style gas station drawing. The drawing represents the history of the time period included in the picture.

Riley Bauer                                                                Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
Hey dude, my name is Riley. I go to AC-Valley and I participate in only the most prestigious clubs and activities….like band, jazz band, by the way ”ya like jazzzz?” I also go to strategy club and play nerd card games! Baseball, and BMX are the two most amazing things to do in the world, that’s why I do them. But when I can’t do that I SLEEP. THE END

Amanda Booher                                                     Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Amanda Booher. I am a senior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, and the Clarion County Career Center Allied Health. I have been very active throughout my high school years doing various volunteering, and fundraising activities. I am the member of National Technical Honor Society, SADD, and HOSA. I’ve attended several Nursing Assistant competitions through the State and Internationals. My mom has been my biggest supporter through everything and this painting of a Golden Retriever is for her.

Bridget Brison                                                        Medium: Ink                                                            9th Grade
My name is Bridget Brison and I’m a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and being active. I have been in cross-country since seventh grade. I’ve also been an active member of A-C Valley Business Leaders of Tomorrow Club since seventh grade. I enjoy art very much. I often paint at my house in my free time. The project I did is of a cat in ink. I overcame some obstacles doing it but overall it was a fun challenge.

Destiny Chamoun                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                    11th Grade
My name is Destiny Chamoun and I’m a junior at A-C Valley. I’m originally from Tampa, FL and moved to Parker, PA about four years ago. My favorite medium is definitely acrylic. This is my second year taking art and I enjoy it immensely.

Carter Chase                                                              Media: Markers /Linoleum                            10th Grade
Hello, my name is Carter Chase. I live in Foxburg , Pennsylvania with my parents. I am a sophomore at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. In my near future I want to attend Alabama University to become certified in sports medicine.

Colt Christo                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                   12th Grade
My name is Colt Christo, I am currently a senior at A-C Valley and have been in art class for 5 years. I participate in marching band, concert band, jazz band, and football at our school. The medium of the projects I have in this show are ceramics, either thrown from the pottery wheel, or hand sculpted. Being able to make these has been fun and I am glad to be able to present them in the art show.

Leroy Cratty

Leroy Cratty                                                             Media: Watercolor/Charcoal/Acrylic    12th Grade
My name is Leroy Cratty and I’m a senior at AC-Valley. I like to do things with my hands like paint, draw and make jewelry. I plan on attending Clarion University and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Art.

Rachel Cullen                                                           Medium: Ceramic                                                  8th Grade
My name is Rachel Cullen and I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. In my free time I like to watch Netflix, play basketball, and go biking. The ceramic mask I completed was of a rabbit using pink and white colors.

Chloe Dittman                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Chloe Dittman and I am a 14 year-old freshman at A-C Valley High school. I am involved in track, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and gymnastics. I chose this picture because of the bright pink colored flowers and the vibrant background with blues and purples. It really struck my personality and seemed like a fun painting.

Madelyn Dittman                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Madelyn Dittman and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley. I participate in Basketball, Cheerleading, and Track. I have participated in those sports since I started my high school career. In track I run the 3200 relay and I throw javelin. Last year I almost made districts for javelin and I lettered in both track and cheerleading. I have been a member of the Student Council since seventh grade and plan to continue this club until I graduate. I take an honors English class and maintain honor roll throughout the school year. I have never had a grade lower than a B on a progress report or report card. My painting is a bunch of flowers, done in watercolor.

Sylvia Downes                                                          Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
I’m a 9th grader at A-C Valley. I love art class, and currently, acrylic paintings are my favorite type of art project to do.

Michael Dunkel                                                       Medium: Water-Color                                        11th Grade
My name is Michael Dunkel. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School and this is a watercolor I made of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII and a few chocobos, a large bird from the series, which is usually ridden. I am in Strategy Club, Drama Club, and Art Club at my school.

Austin Eaton                                                             Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello, my name is Austin Eaton and I go to AC-Valley High School. The ceramic mask I made in Art class is a Joker mask. I’m in junior high chorus. Some of the interests I have outside of school are reading books about the Mafia and movies and other crime dramas.

Kylee Eaton                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                    10th Grade
My name is Kylee Eaton. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I am a student athlete and I participate in volleyball, basketball, and softball and have achieved varsity letters in each of these sports. I am a member of the Business Leaders of Tomorrow club. Out of school I enjoy kayaking and being outside. I prefer to do acrylic paintings and marker paintings..

Brock Fair                                                                 Medium: Marker/Linoleum                            10th Grade
My name is Brock Fair. I am a sophomore at A-C Valley high school. I live in Parker, PA. I am 17 years old. I had been drawn this project because I have a lot of Indian in my family. I mainly use graphite pencils and shading but I have decided to use marker to extend my knowledge on other mediums.

Cody Fair                                                                  Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
Hi my name is Cody Fair my favorite color is orange. I live in Parker, Pa. I was born on November 30. I go to A-C Valley High School. I work on the farm with my dad.

Jerry Fair                                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Jerry Fair and I have lived in Parker since I was born. My favorite sport is football. I was born on April 11, 2003. I like to play airsoft. My favorite car is a GTR R35.

Kari Franklin                                                          Medium: Pencil                                                      12th Grade
My name is Kari Franklin. I am an 18-year old senior at A-C Valley school district. I chose to draw Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton an actor/character from my favorite book series. I decided to draw him in pencil because that’s the medium I feel most comfortable with and to interpret the different shades of gray in his personality.

Emma Fox                                                                  Medium: Acrylic Paint                                        11th Grade
My name is Emma Fox and I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I have been a part of the cheerleading squad, basketball team, track team, and golf team for the past four years. I am the secretary of Student Council and I am also part of Prom Committee. I plan on attending college and grad school to become a dermatologist.

Emma Fox

Jeffrey Ginn

Jeffrey Ginn                                                                Medium: Linoleum                                               11th Grade
Hello my Name is Jeffrey Ginn. I am a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in football, basketball, and baseball. My favorite media are markers and linoleums. I occasionally do charcoal portraits.

Kaitlyn Ginnery                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
My name is Kaitlyn Ginnery. I am a freshman at Alleghany- Clarion Valley High School. I love to play volleyball and have played since Jr. High. I am a member of AC-Valley’s Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow. I decided to put my watercolor lion into the art show because I think it is one of the best things I have done so far.

Kaden Green                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is Kaden Green. I go to ACV High School. I love Video games, Swimming, and Magic. When I was in 1st Grade, I moved from Emlenton to Karns City. I went to SugarCreek Elementary school for the 2nd to 7th. I moved to Parker where I live currently. I now go to A-C Valley once again and I see some new and old faces. I’m enjoying it here kind of but besides that I am enjoying High School.

Elizabeth Hankey                                                   Medium: Watercolor                                          12th Grade
My name is Elizabeth Hankey but most people call me Liz. I am a Senior at A-C Valley. A few of my hobbies include painting and rollerskating. I chose this specific picture because I really enjoy looking at the night sky. It helps me think out my problems and it is very relaxing.

John Hetrick                                                            Media: Ceramics/Acrylic                                 11th Grade
I’m a Junior at A-C Valley where I am very involved in the arts. I participate in band, choir, and art class. I’m also involved in marching band, jazz band, musicals in and out of school, and will be participating in the PMEA All State Choir festival In April. While I will try any art form at least once, my favorite medium is ceramics because you truly are free to do whatever you like. At this point in time, I have begun toying with various forms of marbling, by mixing different colors of clay into a swirl pattern.

Madyson Hetzler                                                    Medium: Charcoal                                                 10th Grade
My name is Madyson Hetzler, I am the youngest in my family and I am a student currently attending A-C Valley High School. I am in 10th grade and I enjoy doing many activities for school and out of school. Some of my interests include cheerleading, golf, gymnastics, and the school musical. I also love to fish, hunt, and spend time with my friends and family. I am also in A-C Valley’s Do Something Good Club. All these activities and people encourage me to do my best in school, and give me a look of great success for my future.

Amber Holton                                                         Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amber Holton. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I am in Art Club, Spanish club, SADD, Youth Counsel, and Do Something Good Club where I am treasurer. This is my first year of art class. The painting I did was a deer with little designs inside of it in watercolor.

Adam Hook                                                               Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Adam Hook and I’m in 8th grade at A-C-Valley.   I’m creative and willing to try anything. When not in high school I love to be outside, as well as reading.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes                                                           Medium: Watercolor and ink                        11th Grade
Hi ya, my name is Sarah Hughes. I am currently a junior at AC Valley Jr./Sr. High School and am Vice President of the Japanese club and President of the Art Club. My hobbies include drawing, writing fanfictions, playing video games, playing violin, and playing in the Marching Band.

Amanda Hunt                                                          Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Amanda Hunt.   I am 16 years old and a sophomore at A-C Valley. I played volleyball, basketball, and I currently play softball. I love doing watercolor paintings. Art class calms my nerves when I work on my projects. I participate in Art club and GIVE club to give back to my community. I have one sibling, a sister.

Kenzy Kellogg                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Kenzy Kellogg, and I am 13 in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I participate in Cheerleading, volleyball, and the school musicals. In my free time I enjoy photography, and kayaking. My favorite thing to do in art class is watercolor.

Rachelle Kelly                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Rachelle Kelly, and I’m currently an 8th grade, attending Allegheny-Clarion Valley. I live in Parker, Pennsylvania with both of my parents. My parents’ names are, Brian and Melinda Kelly. I have two brothers and one sister.

Karly King                                                                 Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
Hi, my name is Karly King and I’m a freshman this year at A-C Valley High School. For this art project I painted with acrylic on a stretched canvas. Besides art I participate in Marching Band, Concert band, Jazz Band, and the school musicals! I was honored to go to District Jazz this year for the first time! I love to paint with acrylic and I also like to sculpt different things with clay.

Maiah Kriebel                                                           Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
I’m Maiah Kriebel, I’m from St. Petersburg, PA. I enjoy creating many forms of art. One of my favorites is drawing and would some day like to interpret that into my career. I also needle felt, paint, and work with clay. I’ve been to 46 of our 50 states. I live on a small farm with chickens, ducks, cats, and soon sheep.

Ali Lambert                                                              Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Allie Lambert. I am a sophomore at AC Valley High School, and I have been attending this school since kindergarten. In school, I am the president of GIVE Club, and I have been running track and cross-country since the seventh grade. This painting was inspired when my father, Andrew Lambert, was younger. In this painting, a little boy walks along a gravel path in a rural area. Key parts of the painting include: the overalls, the red barn, and landscaping. This project took me around 4 months to paint. Overall, I enjoy the way that this project came out, but if I had to do it again, there are multiple things that I would change to do it better.

Kaity Lance                                                                Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Kaity Lance. I’m 18 years old and a senior in the A-C Valley High School. I spend most of my time either reading or creating art. I also love spending time and joking around with my friends. Graphite is my favorite medium to use because I love blending the different shades together to make a picture come to life. I’ve recently started doing realistic pictures and hope to make them as realistic as I possibly can in the future.

Allyssa Leith                                                            Medium: Ceramics                                              8th Grade
Hi my name is Allyssa. I am 14 and I go to A-C Valley. I am in Jr. High choir and also I’m in Drama and Spanish club. I love to run and am very athletic, but I still love to be creative and draw and paint. My mask is a half mask and is supposed to be like a flower masquerade type mask . Thank you, Have a good day. 🙂

Allison Lewis                                                          Medium: Tempera                                                 9th Grade
My name is Allison Lewis and from Emlenton PA. I am a freshman that attends Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old, and some of my hobbies are cheerleading, volleyball, track, and basketball. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people from new schools. I painted dolphins because they remind me of summer, which is my favorite season.

Brandon Link                                                          Medium: Sharpie                                                    11th Grade
My name is Brandon Link. I am a 16 year old, junior at Allegheny-Clarion Valley. My parents are Jim and Rebecca Link. I play baseball. I also like drawing in my free time. When I’m older I plan to attend college to become an accountant.

Joseph Manculich                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Joseph Manculich. I am a senior from Allegheny-Clarion Valley high school. I participate in basketball. I have been in art class since eighth grade, and really enjoy my time spent in this class. I enjoy doing marker, watercolor, and acrylic. In my free time I enjoy to ride dirt bikes, hunt, and go fishing. After graduation, I plan to attend Pennsylvania School of Technology, and major in Construction Management.

Sierra Martinez                                                       Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Martinez. I am 15, go to A-C Valley High School and am currently in 9th grade. I enjoy playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. My favorite season is summer because there is more to do outside. My plan is to graduate High School and get my diploma.

Trisha McCalmont                                                Medium: Acrylic                                                     10th Grade
My name is Trisha McCalmont. I’m 17 years old. I go to A-C Valley; I love to be creative and express myself through painting, sketching, drawing, and writing poems. I go for long walks looking at everything and anything; even on the cross country and track team. I have walls in my bedroom that are a chalkboard paint so I can draw and write how I feel, making my room more unique. My favorite scenes are the night sky, nature, and emotions. All of these are great when blended together and it shows and expresses me more. This painting is a Rose with many different reds and pinks with an abstract background, giving it more character, and with the rose as the centerpiece, giving it more volume and expression.

Chelsea McDaniel                                                  Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Chelsea McDaniel. I am senior at A-C Valley High School. I enjoy art and most of my art projects are this that I love to do. I enjoy doing ink and acrylic paint.

Ethan McFadden                                                   Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Ethan McFadden I go to school at A-C Valley School in Pennsylvania. My interests are football, hunting, and fishing. I live in West Freedom with my 5 brothers, mother and father.

Tanner Merwin                                                      Medium: Pottery                                                  8th Grade
My name is Tanner Merwin. I am an eighth grader at A-C Valley. I was born on April 19th 2003. I love playing sports and hanging out with friends. I play basketball, football, and baseball. I have a sister named Kaylie and she is pretty cool, but not as cool as me. I have two dogs and Marley and Libby that are pretty fun to play with. One of my favorite subjects in school is history.

Chloe Milks                                                                Medium: Watercolor                                         9th Grade
I’m Chloe Milks. I am 16, and a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I’m in art club and, Japanese club. I’ve been drawing ever since I was young, but now that I’m more experimental with my artwork. I sketch, draw, ink, and even paint. The type of art I enjoy is ink, water painting, and drawing. I enjoy art but also listening to music, reading, and even learning. Someday I hope I can either become a psychologist or an art teacher.

Todd Morris                                                             Medium: Charcoal/Pastel                               11th Grade
My name is Todd Morris. I’m seventeen years old, in eleventh grade. I plan on playing basketball next year. Outside of school, I graphic design and rap . The drawing is Derrick Rose is a blend between charcoal and pastel. The drawing is of a basketball player, the point guard for the New York Knicks.

Larry Morrison                                                  Medium : Charcoal                                                  10th Grade
My name is Larry Morrison. I am 16 and I am in 10th grade at A-C Valley. I was born on August 8, 2000 and I grew up in Six Lakes, Michigan with my 2 sisters (Molly and Maddy). My parents are Kelly and Larry Ryan Morrison.

Molly Morrison                                                   Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
Greetings! My name is Molly Morrison, currently ajJunior at AC-Valley High School. I’m seventeen, and moved about six times. I was born in Michigan, but later moved to Pennsylvania. I’m the second daughter and middle child of my parents, Kelly and Larry Morrison. I have an older sister, Madelyn Morrison, and a younger brother, Larry Morrison Jr. After high school, I plan on having a military career in the U.S. Army. I enjoy a variety of things to do, such as writing, gaming, and reading. I am a huge bookworm, and usually focus on U.S. military autobiographies ranging from modern warfare to past wars. I’m definitely a bibliophile and pluviophile, and I enjoy hunting and practicing shooting. At school, I absolutely enjoy creating art in Mrs. Allen’s art class! She is a fantastic teacher, and I have learned a lot from her. I enjoy creating acrylic art paintings on canvas, and I love to create U.S. military art! I have a passion for our military and want to express that passion through art. Art class gives me a time to relax and have fun during school. My most two favorite subjects in school would be history class and art class. I’m not the best artist, but it’s like what Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Ross W. Moser                                                        Medium: Linoleum Block Printing             11th Grade
Hello my name is Ross Moser, and I’m a junior at AC-Valley. The activities that I’m involved in are Golf and Baseball. My favorite mediums are charcoal, acrylic, and linoleum.

Ethan Nevel                                                               Medium: Scratchboard Art                            12th Grade
My name is Ethan and I am in twelfth grade. I like to golf and bowl in my free time. The picture I chose to put in your show was my scratchboard art of my tiger.  I am 18 years old and this is my second scratch art I have ever done. They are very fun and interesting to do. I hope you enjoy this picture and it makes your show better.


Megan Novak

Megan Novak                                                            Medium: Watercolor                                         12th Grade
Born September 27, 1998, Megan is the youngest of four children. She is a member of NHS, Give club, and President of Japanese Club. Her favorite subject is English and likes to spend time with her friends. Herx favorite art mediums are pastels and pencil, but she is open to new mediums.

JayLynn Nugent                                                       Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is JayLynn Nugent. I am an 8th grader at Allegheny Clarion Valley and 14 years old. I am a member of Give club and Drama club. I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with my family.

Rachael O’Neil                                                          Medium: Oil Pastel                                               12th Grade
My name is Rachael O’Neil and I am a senior at A-C Valley High School. I live in Emlenton with my parents, Kevin and Jamie O’Neil. I’m the Vice President of my class. I am currently in my fifth year of art. Aside from art, I enjoy reading, playing board games with friends, and being outside. My artwork is an oil pastel of a very colorful frog. It was a lot of fun to complete.

Levi Orton                                                                  Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
Hello my name is Levi Orton and I attend A-C Valley High School. I am currently in eighth grade and this is my first year taking art with Mrs. Allen. I participate in basketball and baseball. My Ceramic is a mask formed into a fox face. We put them in the kiln to fire them and I painted it with high fire glaze.

Myia Page                                                                    Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Myia Page and I go to A-C Valley. I participate in Volleyball, Softball, and Art club. I have made many acrylic paintings ranging in sizes along with a mural along the walls of the Community Christian Day Care. So far this year I have made five pieces including this peacock painting. I used many techniques such as finger painting and palette knives.

Sydney Palmer                                                         Medium: Acrylic/Oil Pastel                            9th Grade
My name is Sydney Palmer and I am in ninth grade. I am involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, honors band, county band, and I play the clarinet and the piano. I am in track and field and I throw discus, javelin, and shot put. I enjoy art, as well as film and I hope to do that in my future career.

Tyler Palmer

Tyler Palmer                                                            Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Tyler Palmer. I am a senior at A-C Valley high school. Outside of school I like hunting, fishing, and just being outside.

Aaron Peterson                                                      Medium: Graphite                                                 12th Grade
My name is Aaron, I am a senior in high school. I like to hunt and fish. My favorite thing to hunt is ducks. I love America, the greatest country on Earth. That’s all you need to know about me.

John Planker                                                             Medium: Pottery                                                   8th Grade
My name is John Planker. I go to A-C Valley school district, and my favorite color is red. I am 14 years old and I play football. My positions that I have played so far are wide receiver and safety. I was born on February 8th 2003. I have a family of 6. I have 3 sisters and no brothers.

Cameron Rumbaugh                                           Medium: Graphite                                                11th Grade
My name is Cameron J. Rumbaugh.   My nickname is Aero. I attend A-C Valley and am a resident of Emlenton and Kennerdell. I enjoy playing sports such as hockey and airsoft. I’ve lived in Canada for a year for my Ninth grade year. I’m 6’4” with a bulky build.

Lexi Rupert                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                 9th Grade
I am 15 years old and I go to A-C Valley high school and I am in the 9th grade. I moved to Parker when I was in 7th grade. I moved from Erie PA. I have 5 siblings not including my 2 older stepsisters that don’t live with me.

Kora Schmoll                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
My name is Kora Schmoll. I am a student at A-C Valley and am 14 years old.   I enjoy art, hunting and, cooking. I am also currently in art club, and I plan on going to school to pursue cooking.

Brooklyn Schreiber                                             Media: Ceramics                                                     8th Grade
Hello, my name is Brooklyn Schreiber. I am 14 years old and in the 8th grade. I live in Emlenton, Pennsylvania and have lived there since I was 5. I am joining softball this Spring and I was in marching band for the past two years. I am currently in Jazz band, Spanish club, Do Something Good Club, and Strategy Club.

Cassie Schwalm                                                      Medium: Acrylic                                                     11th Grade
My name is Cassie Schwalm. I am seventeen, and in the eleventh grade. I attend A-C Valley High School. I am on the varsity volleyball team. Outside of school I am involved in a Junior Olympic volleyball team. I am in various clubs including Student Council, and Spanish Club. This is my second year of art class. My featured piece is an acrylic. I chose the picture because I believe it is quite beautiful. I plan to continue my art career, and further my skills in the art world.

Baden Scott                                                               Medium: Charcoal                                                8th Grade
My name is Braden Scott I go to Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I play paintball & airsoft. My first charcoal portrait was Donald Trump. I think I did really good on it.

Lydia Seaton                                                             Medium: Acrylic                                                     9th Grade
My name is Lydia Seaton, and I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I currently reside in downtown Emlenton. For my project, I used acrylic paints on a stretched canvas. Aside from art, I enjoy playing with my dogs and guinea pig, hanging out with family and friends, and reading up on the latest political news. I am also a swimmer for the Clarion YMCA Riversharks and participate in Track and Field.

Izaya Seeker                                                              Media: Oil Pastel                                                     11th Grade
My name is Izaya Seeker, I’m 16 years old and I’m a junior at ACV. I like to play baseball and I plan to play until I graduate.

Lexie Slater                                                                Medium: Charcoal                                                 11th GradeI am currently a junior at A-C Valley High School. I participate in many activities inside and outside of school. I am involved in Student Council, Family and Consumer Science Club, 4-H Teen Council, and am the vice president of the junior class. I also participate in cheerleading, softball, and track. Some of my other activities include theatre, gymnastics, choir, and private voice lessons. I also participated in our school musical this year, Schoolhouse Rock. I was a soloist in the songs “3 is a magic number” and “Do the circulation”. In my free time I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends and family. My favorite medium in art would have to be charcoal. In the show this year I have an acrylic painting of a calico kitten and a charcoal portrait of one of my favorite actresses, Keira Knightley.

Carson Snyder                                                         Medium: Charcoal                                              9th Grade
I like Charcoal the most.

Tarra Stefanacci                                                     Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Tarra Stefanacci. I am 13 years old and I am in 8th grade. I am a Jr. High cheerleader, JO volleyball player and a competitive gymnastic. I’m also in Do Something Good Club. I enjoy hunting, fishing and summer. I am a very active student so it is hard to make time to go hunting and fishing.

Collin Stevanus

Collin Stevanus                                                       Medium: Acrylic                                                    12th Grade
My name is Collin, I am a senior in high school and the youngest in my class. I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. I like hanging out with my friends and family, making memories and being there is the most important thing.

Abby Stewart                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                    9th Grade
Hi, my name is Abby Stewart. I am a freshman at Allegheny Clarion Valley. I participate in volleyball. I painted a picture of fruit to hang up in our cafeteria. Acrylic is my favorite medium to do paintings in. 

Brooke Terwilliger                                              Medium: Ceramics                                                8th Grade
My name is Brooke Terwilliger. I’m 13 years old. I go to A-C Valley. I made this mask in art class. I participate in cheerleading, volleyball, softball, art club, and do something good club. I love to draw in my free time. My favorite medium is charcoal.

Kelsie Terwilliger                                                  Medium: Watercolor                                          10th Grade
My name is Kelsie Terwilliger and I am a sophomore at A-C Valley High School. I’ve played softball for the high school for 2 years and cheerleading for the high school for 4 years now and I also love to do gymnastics. I play on a traveling softball team called Clarion Cyclones. I love being outside, spending time with friends and family, and playing softball.  I very much enjoy learning and doing art. Mrs. Allen has taught me a lot such as never giving up and to have confidence in my art; she is a great art teacher. After school I plan on going to the Air Force and doing something in the Health field.

Ellie Thompson                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                          11th Grade
My name is Ellie Thompson and I am a junior at A-C Valley. I participate in golf, basketball, and track. I have also been a member of FBLA for two years and help coach elementary basketball. The watercolor painting I did is of a cow.

Colton Ulrich                                                           Medium: Acrylic                                                     12th Grade
My name is Colton Ulrich I’m a senior up at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am a member of one distinguished club designed to help people of the community. This volunteering aspect has always been with me and will always be with me, as I am entering the Navy of the United States of America to protect my country and serve my duty. Despite the fact that I am going into a serious future, I often enjoy fun things. This painting really expresses how much fun can be found in any situation, even the feud between internet browsers.

Garrett Vincent                                                                         Medium: Marker                                                   10th Grade
I like marker the best.

Sierra Verostek                                                                        Medium: Watercolor                                         10th Grade
My name is Sierra Verostek. I am sixteen, a sophomore at A-C Valley, and currently taking my first year of art. I am part of the A-C Valley musical, Senior High choir, A-C Valley Marching Band, and Senior High concert band. My favorite subject to paint is flowers, and my favorite medium to use is watercolor.

Shane Walker                                                          Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade
My name is Shane Walker and I go to AC Valley High School. My mask is about African People from Africa. I painted it with low fire turquoise and black paint. I do a lot of outdoors activities and indoor activities such as sitting and standing. I ripstik a lot and it’s fun.

Marissa Wampler                                                  Medium: Graphite                                               12th Grade
My name is Marissa Wampler. I’m eighteen years old, a senior at AC-valley. I used graphite because I love how the picture comes out with all the shading. Black and white pictures attract me more than fancy colors. I will soon be graduated with a little one on the way.

Broc Weigle                                                              Medium: Pottery                                                    8th Grade                             My name is Broc Weigle and I’m in 8th grade at A-C Valley High School. I have a younger sister; her name is Cora. I enjoy playing baseball and basketball in my free time. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old; this year will be the 8th year playing. I’ve been playing basketball for 4 years.

Emily Wetzel                                                            Medium: Charcoal                                                9th Grade
My name is Emily Wetzel and I am a ninth grade student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I participate in volleyball, softball, art club, and intramurals. This portrait of Harry Styles is my first charcoal that I’ve ever done. I was very proud of myself while making this piece, and for a beginner if looks fairly realistic and detailed.

Summer Whitmer                                                 Medium: Oil Pastel                                                10th Grade
My name is Summer Whitmer, I’m a sophomore at A-C Valley. I was born on July 31, 2001. I love to play softball and recently took an interest in outdoor soccer. I also very much enjoy shooting and hunting with my father. I’ve cheered for a few years and also played basketball for 1 year.  I occasionally go to golf outings with my dad and a couple of others, and I definitely enjoy every second of it. I am from Bruin, PA, but I recently moved to Parker from Athens, PA. I have 3 sisters, and I am the oldest sibling. After High School, I plan to go to college for Orthopedic Therapy or Orthopedic Surgery. I just recently decided to take Art when I moved back from Athens, and I’ve taken a liking to Oil Pastels. I picked this project because it was the first project I decided to do this year. Although it did not turn out as I would have liked it to, I’m still proud of how far I’ve come as an artist.

Wyatt Levi Wike                                                    Medium: Linoleum                                              10th Grade
Hi my name Wyatt Wike. I am 15 years old.   I was born on April 27, 2001 and was raised In Emlenton Pennsylvania. My Favorite class is US Cultures 2. Mr. Austin is the best teacher. My project is a linoleum print of the U.S. Army Jump Wings. When I’m out of school, I want to be a Paratrooper in the United States Army.

Sierra Wolfe                                                              Medium: Watercolor                                          9th Grade
My name is Sierra Wolfe, I’m 14 years old and attend A-C Valley High School and I’m in 9th grade. I’ve always enjoyed drawing ever since I was little. I enjoy watching Supernatural and Shameless on Netflix. I like to read as often as I can. I like doing marker and charcoal drawings. This is my first year taking art but I plan to take it every year. 

Cejae Wyman                                                            Medium: Acrylic/Scratchboard Art          9th Grade
My name is Cejae Wyman. I am a freshman at A-C Valley High School. I live in the outskirts of Emlenton. I enjoy doing track, marching band, concert band, and musicals. I am currently part of the club ACV Business Leaders of Tomorrow. My acrylic painting was of my favorite character from the Disney movie Finding Nemo. I truly enjoy painting in acrylic, especially on vinyl records. My scratchboard art is one of my most favorite mediums; mine is of a butterfly, with a bit of a twist. Art is truly amazing and a very powerful thing.

Summer Young                                                      Medium: Watercolor/ acrylic                       9th Grade
My name is Summer Fawn and I am a 9th grade art student at Allegheny Clarion Valley High School. I am 15 years old and enjoy any kind of art and plan to be an art instructor when I grow up. If it wasn’t for my teacher (Mrs. Allen), my parents (Kelly and J.P. Young) and the rest of my family, I would not be where I am today! I also enjoy making crafty signs and room decor and plan to attend craft shows in the future.





Tom RobertsPiano, whistling and vocals
Dave KlugDrums & Percussion
WaynoVocals, harmonica & ukulele

Put on your dancing shoes and dress in your vintage swing garb as Pittsburgh’s rockin’ rhythm & jazz trio, THE RED BEANS & RICE COMBO, serve up a delightful musical gumbo in their premiere appearance at historic Lincoln Hall in “A Saturday Nite Fish Fry” on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 PM in Foxburg.

DISCLAIMER:  No actual fish will be fried at this event!  But there will be dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall for those who want to shake a leg.

The Combo features the world celebrated early jazz stride pianist, Tom Roberts (a Foxburg favorite) on piano, whistling, & vocals, along with Dave Klug on drums and his custom-built “Kluger Soundboard,” and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, & ukulele.

Why are they called The Red Beans and Rice Combo, you might ask
… because you can get fries or a biscuit with the combo but you’ll always choose the biscuit because that’s the way they ROLL – as they serve up a very cool mix of classic New Orleans R&B,  50’s rock ala Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, Mose Allison, Tom Waits, Slim Galliard and Louis Jordan –  – all with a side of wit and humor.


The fun-loving , sharp-dressed band has been gigging around Pittsburgh for a little over a year, and quickly developed a reputation for delivering a danceable mix of New Orleans R&B, early rock & roll nuggets, and barroom ballads, with a jazzy dash of Tin Pan Alley, and ALL with wit & humor.

And you can dress in vintage garb… putting on those blue suede shoes!  Ladies and gentlemen attending the show are welcome to dress up as formally or casually as you’d like, with speakeasy attire or vintage 50’s swing finery particularly encouraged.

Join us for an elegant, fun, and funky evening, and don’t leave your dancing shoes at home!

Tickets are Adults $15, Students $5 !  Beverages available by donation.  Buy online or reserve by calling 724-659-3153. 


Wayne, Tom Roberts, and Tom Klug

Tom RobertsTOM ROBERTS is a world renowned piano player most noted for his love of early jazz and considered one of the finest pianists today in the exciting Harlem stride piano style.  Announcing the release of Roberts’ first solo CD Solo Art Records stated: His new CD is one of the finest solo piano recordings in the entire Solo Art catalogue… truly a four-star session with some of the finest jazz piano you’ve heard in a long time.”

Tom has performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He was the featured pianist at the International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, 2001 and 2009. Tom was the pianist for Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in New York City (recent Grammy winners for the soundtrack to Boardwalk Empire) and the pianist and musical director for Leon Redbone for six years.

Tom has performed twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2003, once with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. He was featured in 2003 in solo with Dick Hyman at the prestigious Jazz In July series at New York’s 92nd St. Y. Tom has performed multiple times at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival including a solo performance at The Professor Longhair Society’s Piano Night At Tipitina’s. He has performed throughout Europe as a member of multiple ensembles from New Orleans and as a member of The Ortner Roberts Duo.

Roberts has arranged and performed music for the soundtrack of the Martin Scorcese film The Aviator; for the syndicated PRI show Riverwalk Jazz, Live from the Landing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band; and a number of pieces for Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Recently he has composed new musical scores for the Charlie Chaplin films One A.M. and The Rink through a commission from The Pittsburgh Symphony.  He is excited to share his latest project, The Red Beans & Rice Combo, with friends in Foxburg.

DAVE KLUG has translated his quirky brand of humor into a successful illustration career for the past 350 dog years. His drawings have captured the eye and imagination of clients such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Scholastic. He is a regular contributor to Highlights Magazine and has been commissioned for larger than life murals for The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh PA, and the world famous Primanti Brothers Restaurants.

Dave is also a household name when it comes to music, drumming for some of the Pittsburgh area’s best bands since the 1980s. It’s always a treat to see and hear Dave performing with one of the vintage drum kits he has rescued and restored.

Dave never strays very far from his passion for animals, and is committed to many Animal Charities including Animal Friends in Western Pennsylvania. His Veterinary Supply Store, Klugworld, creates a full line of client communications materials for animal care professionals across the country.

Wayno® is a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist, illustrator, pop artist, writer, and musician, whose name is in fact a registered trademark (hence the “circle R” symbol). He shares a special musical chemistry with Tom and Dave, and has a taste for obscure old tunes about food and drink.

He was gag writer and colorist for Dan Piraro’s Bizarro daily comic panel for more than five years, and is also a frequent writer for Hilary Price’s Rhymes With Orange comic strip. His own cartoon panel, WaynoVision, launched in 2014.

Wayno’s humorous illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, he has designed many beer labels for East End Brewing Company. He’s mounted several one-man art exhibits, and was a Visiting Artist at the Manchester Craftsmens Guild in 2013. In 2010, Animal Friends selected him as the Honorary Artist for their Black Tie & Tails gala, which raised over $400,000 for the pet adoption & resource center.

Wayno is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and serves as the chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of National Cartoonists Society.

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Kari LandryClarinet
Matt LandrySaxophone
Tim GocklinOboe
Ryan ReynoldsBassoon
Andrew KoeppeBass Clarinet

As Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts begins its second decade in 2017, it continues its successful Educational ArtReach program begun in 2009, bringing the celebrated ensemble Akropolis Reed Quintet to perform a residency in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools on Tuesday, February 21.  These seasoned and award winning Teaching Artists will conduct small classroom workshops for K-6,  assembly concerts for K-12 and after-school coaching sessions with A-C Valley band students.

Exploding with infectious energy and intensity and hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures.

Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award.

The Akropolis Reeds are simply the very pinnacle of Teaching artist ensembles in America today. A music educator wrote after a recent residency, “Akropolis performed for our middle school and did a wonderful job of entertaining as well as educating. Concepts of musical structure and imagery were brought to the students’ attention with wit, depth, and accessibility. My only complaint is that they couldn’t stay for a month!”

Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable performances on a variety of series both traditional and adventurous in nature. All Akropolis events include informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis remains Tim Gocklin (oboe),  Matt Landry (saxophone), Ryan Reynolds (bassoon), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Kari Landry (clarinet).  Akropolis Reed’s mission is to make a difference in the classical music landscape “through engaging performances, new music advocacy, and enriching educational experiences.

About the Akropolis Residency at A-C Valley Schools

ARCA’s arts education program fulfills its mission as a non-profit organization, demonstrating its commitment to contribute to the future of the Allegheny-Clarion valley community through the arts education of its young people. ARCA is grateful for its partnership with the A-C Valley School Board, administrators, faculty and music specialists in making this program possible.

The Akropolis Reeds musicians will perform three small workshops for Allegheny-Clarion Valley Elementary students in grades Pre-K to 6 in the morning, prior to an assembly concert for all elementary students in the Elementary School gymnasium. In the afternoon they will move to the Jr. and Sr. High School to perform an assembly concert for grades 7 – 12 in the High School Auditorium, AND after school conduct hands-on workshops with A-C Valley band students, coordinated by Scott DiTullio, High School Band Director.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet is looking forward to working with young local band musicians in their workshops at A-C Valley and performing for every student in the school system from Pre-K to Grade 12.

Designed specifically as an arts education resource for A-C Valley students, Akropolis Reed Quintet assembly concerts and workshops are not open to the public. Because there is no admission for any residency events, ARCA relies on contributions from the community to support its art education program in the A-C Valley Schools. Anyone interested in making a contribution or becoming an ARCA member may do so on this site.

In advance of their residency, elementary music teacher, A-C Valley choral director and musical theatre director Jennifer Lowrey will prepare students in K-6 for the small workshops, introducing them to songs and melodies from these musicals as well as the instruments in the reed family.  Jennifer Lowrey said of ARCA’s arts education program, “The students at A-C Valley have a love for the arts. The programming ARCA has brought into our district over the years has nurtured that love and opened a window into a world of professional artistic excellence that many students otherwise might not get a chance to experience. It also has given them a glimpse of the possibility of who they could become as an artist.”

A-C Valley Band Direction, Scott DiTullio, expressed his delight that the Akropolis Reeds will be conducting after-school, hands-on workshops with his students in the A-C Valley Jr. and Sr. High School Bands on February 21:  “Musicians grow, in much the same way as athletes.  Musicians train daily for perfection of their instrument.  As they perform with others, musicians have to be at the highest possible level.  They cannot make a mistake.  One wrong note or rhythm in music, creates a major problem for the entire group as they are performing.  Unlike in basketball, if a player misses a free throw, the rest of the team is there to make up for it.  That doesn’t happen in music.  The role of each musician is vital to the entire group, it takes all of them to be 100% accurate all of the time.  Throughout the last several years we have had many university band directors work with our students to help get us to the next level.  Having the young and dynamic professional musicians in The Akropolis Reed Quintet on our campus is an added bonus!  They are inspiring performers and experienced teachers who will be working with the students to help them understand more of what their individual responsibilities are as a musician and as a member of the band.  A special thank you to ARCA for bringing these amazing programs to our students and community.”

Known for his sensitive, colorful and engaging performances, Timothy Gocklin shares his passion for music through his deep love for the oboe. Tim’s relationship with the oboe began at age 11, the day after attending a military band concert featuring the oboe. Since then, he has gone on to perform with some of the world’s leading artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Richard Stolzman.

Outside of Akropolis, Tim performs chamber music in a wide variety of settings. He performed Hindemith’s Die Serenaden as part of the Yale in New York series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and he has participated in the Sarasota and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals. As a fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tim had the privilege of working with Carol Wincenc and William Purvis in a performance of Charles Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Emile Bernard’s Divertissement. In addition, Tim spent the summer of 2012 as a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a quintet-in-residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp performing around the state of Michigan.

In addition to Tim’s active career as a chamber musician, he has also been fortunate to have opportunities performing as a soloist. In 2009, Tim was announced winner of the inaugural U.S. President’s Own “Marine Band” Concerto Competition, and as a result performed Haydn’s Oboe Concerto with the ensemble at the MTNA national conference in Milwaukee, WI. A few months earlier Tim was invited to perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor as a guest soloist with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.

Tim can be heard on the NAXOS and Block M record labels and has participated in other recording projects, including two albums with the University of Michigan Symphony Band in 2010 and 2012, the second of which featured new works for wind ensemble under the direction of Michael Haithcock. These works were taken on a tour to China where the band performed 9 concerts in 6 cities, including at Beijing’s National Centre for the Arts and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre. In 2011, he recorded the three piano concerti of Alberto Ginastera with pianist Barbara Nissman and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012, Tim received his Bachelors degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. He went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Yale University studying with Steven Taylor. When not playing the oboe or widdling away at his reeds, Tim can be found relaxing in a coffee shop with a journal and pencil on one side and a hot, robust cup of coffee on the other.

Kari Landry is a Backun Artist and the clarinetist of the acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and hailed by Fanfare Magazine as performing with “imagination, infallible musicality and huge vitality”, the Akropolis Reed Quintet delivers over 70 engaging performances and educational outreach events every year for communities around the United States and abroad.

As the Marketing and Development Manager of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Kari is committed to increasing access to classical music within communities and educating the next generation of musicians to ensure that a vibrant culture of art persists in our society.

Kari is currently the Marketing & Programs Manager at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. Offering 170 + concerts and events to discover with 80,000+ attendees annually, A2SF showcases the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Going on her third season with the festival, Kari’s responsibilities range from digital media & web management, digital & print marketing, program booking, graphic content creation, and nightly event management.

Prior to her current position, Kari received a Michigan EMMY for best historical documentary for her work on “A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone” showcasing 100 Years of University Musical Society Performances in Hill Auditorium.

Kari received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist Dan Gilbert. Kari was the Eb Clarinetist in the University of Michigan Symphony Band’s 2011 tour to China, which released a recording of premiere band works by the composers Kristin Kuster, Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty under the Block M record label. Kari has also spent two of her college summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an avid clarinet teacher in southeast Michigan, Kari owes all of her musical success to her instructors. Her clarinet teachers have included Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Ted Oien and Suzy Dennis-Bratton.

Matt Landry began his music career gigging and teaching as a pianist. He took up the clarinet after piano, and finally the saxophone in middle school. Born in New Orleans before moving to Michigan, Matt dabbles in and appreciates many musical styles. One winter upon reading The Devil’s Horn, a book about the saxophone’s invention and inventor, Matt fell in love, finding the instrument he would stick with for good.

Matt has performed on several concerts with Orchestra Canton, including Milhaud’s La Création du Monde, and he has performed Bernstein’s On the Town with the Dearborn Symphony. He also appears regularly with the Michigan Philharmonic. As well as Akropolis’ two studio albums, he can be heard on two CDs produced by the UM Symphony Band under the Equilibrium Records label, Raise the Roof and Classic Structures. Matt received his Bachelors degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Education and Saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta.

Matt is an avid educator and community engagement specialist. He was a full-time piano teacher at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, MI where he was also Director of Marketing and Outreach, connecting Expressions to neighborhood businesses, schools, and families. Presently he works for the Detroit Regional Chamber as an outreach specialist to small businesses in Detroit and the Detroit metro area.

Matt has also taught middle school band and elementary music full time and he has helped create after-school music programs in west Detroit. Matt also interned at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Neighborhood Audience Development.

In his spare time he enjoys writing, reading, collecting more pianos than his small home has room for, running even though his knees won’t allow it, and trying to emulate the southern cooking styles of his extended southern family.

Ryan Reynolds chose the bassoon in 5th grade under the impression that it produced only one note and would therefore be the easiest instrument to play. His disappointment upon discovering three and a half octaves of notes quickly turned to fascination and intrigue, with the “gorgonzola of the orchestra” providing daily mysteries and rewards.

Ryan is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Florida State University bassoon studio, and has performed with the Traverse and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras. In 2009, Ryan toured the upper peninsula of Michigan with the Sonrisa Wind Quintet as an artist-in-residence for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and in 2012 was a member of the Interlochen Ensemble, a wind quintet built entirely of Interlochen alumni that toured around the Midwest.
A passionate educator, Ryan has taught a studio of young bassoonists from throughout southern Michigan, and is currently teaching many of the undergraduate bassoon students at Florida State University. Ryan has taught numerous beginning bassoon camps, masterclasses, and clinics at schools around the United States. He has taught bassoon methods classes at the collegiate level, and coaches several chamber ensembles at FSU.

Ryan has been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”, Interlochen Public Radio, and can be seen in numerous videos in the University of Michigan Bassoon Studio YouTube series.
After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2004-08 where he studied with Dr. Eric Stomberg, Ryan replaced his ‘Interlochen blues’ with Michigan’s, attending the University of Michigan from 2008-2014 while studying with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman. Ryan is currently pursuing his DMA degree at Florida State University under the tutelage of Jeff Keesecker. Ryan is adamant that his sports allegiances still lie with the Maize and Blue.

Ryan’s ultimate goal is to become a respected pedagogue at the university level, and he is grateful to have studied with a series of devoted and inspiring teachers.

An Ann Arbor native, Andrew Koeppe majored in clarinet at the University of Michigan and studied with Chad Burrow, Deborah Chodacki and Monica Kaenzig. He performed in the University Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock, and the University Symphony Orchestra and University Opera Theater under the direction of Kenneth Kiesler. Andrew can be heard on two University of Michigan CDs, including interactions with acclaimed soloists Nancy Ambrose King and Adam Unsworth, as well as the premiere of William Bolcom’s Symphony for Band. He was the featured clarinet soloist in Bolcom’s band orchestration of “Graceful Ghost Rag” on the University of Michigan Symphony Band CD Artifacts. Today, he is a regular performer with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

While studying at the University of Michigan, Andrew performed in clarinet master classes with Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic), Carey Bell (San Francisco Symphony), Julia Heinen (Professor, California State University), and Eighth Blackbird. He was also selected to attend the Buffet-Crampon USA Clarinet Academy in Jacksonville, Florida in 2009 where he studied with clarinetists Eugene Mondie, Dan Gilbert, Andre Moisan, and Ixi Chen.

Also in 2009, Andrew played principal clarinet and bass clarinet in a small orchestral ensemble of select University of Michigan students in a weeklong multi-media workshop and final performance of “Ask Your Mama” with composer Laura Carpman, curator Jessye Norman, and conductor George Manahan. This new work later premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Andrew has also performed with the Michigan Youth Orchestra, the University of Michigan All-State Orchestra at Interlochen, and in large and small ensembles at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. He teaches clarinet and bass clarinet in Ann Arbor as well as at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, and performs as a soloist in churches in the Ann Arbor area.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures, performing an innovative repertoire with acclaimed precision. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and the first ever reed quintet to win the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, Akropolis took Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and has garnered prizes at three additional national competitions. Championing the next generation of maverick musicians, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, delivering impactful outreach at schools ranging from kindergarten to conservatory. Akropolis has released two studio albums to critical acclaim and commissioned more than 25 reed quintet works to date. Their dynamic concerts feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music spanning four centuries.

Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program (YPCA) and has received grants from Chamber Music America and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for Detroit-based community and educational outreach projects, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music’s Performance Program, whose objective is “to support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music”.

Akropolis’ impressive list of series and festival appearances include 16/17 stops at Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Chautauqua Music Festival. Akropolis has been selected as a juried showcase participant at APAP, Chamber Music America, Performing Arts Exchange, and the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market. With three studio releases (including a March, 2017 release, The Space Between Us), Akropolis has recorded 17 original reed quintet works, and by the end of the 16/17 season will have performed, recorded, or published the work of 21 American composers.

Prolific collaborators, Akropolis premiered the first work for reed quintet and string quartet by David Schiff with the Dover Quartet in 2015, and has performed with artists like the Miró Quartet and renowned clarinetist David Shifrin. In 2015 Akropolis gave an interactive, fully choreographed performance of Four-Letter-Word (Robbie McCarthy) with BodyVox Dance in Portland, OR, and has constructed multi-disciplinary performances with university dance students, theater students, and even HarperCollins published author and scientist, Vic Strecher. During its 16/17 season Akropolis will even perform with youth wind ensembles in Abu Dhabi.

A self-identified entrepreneurial enterprise, Akropolis recognizes the need for rising artists to carve out space for their careers in today’s marketplace. Establishing Akropolis WORKS in January 2016, Akropolis teaches an annual 7-week mini-course at the University of Michigan, and has delivered WORKS lectures to college-level musicians around the United States on marketing, financial planning, brand identity, and more. Equally committed to students K-12, Akropolis toured Illinois and Indiana on the Fischoff Educators Tour in 2015, collaborating with local school reading programs to musically re-enact a children’s book – “The Best Story” by Eileen Spinelli. In 2013 Akropolis conducted its “Fall Education Tour”, funded by over $5,000 raised by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. The tour visited 10 schools in Michigan serving underprivileged youth or under-funded arts programs.

Deeply invested in establishing the reed quintet as a cornerstone chamber music ensemble, Akropolis has commissioned more than 25 works from composers in 7 countries, and was selected to premiere the winner of the 2018 Barlow Prize funded by the Barlow Endowment. Previous Barlow Prize premieres have been performed by artists including Yo-Yo Ma, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and eighth blackbird. Akropolis produces a YouTube Web Premiere Series, showcasing new works, arrangements, and composer interviews for a live Internet audience. In 2012 Akropolis created Akropolis Collection and has now sold over 125 original and arranged sheet music works to more than 30 new and established reed quintets. Akropolis is also an annual judge for the Calefax Composers Competition, reviewing 40+ new reed quintet works and committing performances and recordings to their winning selections.

Placing emphasis on audience development for new and traditional classical music, Akropolis regularly appears in unconventional settings, including performances in office spaces in Detroit as part of its Chamber Music America Residency Partnership in January, 2017. In May, 2016 Akropolis conducted a live recording session featuring audience participation for John Steinmetz’s Sorrow and Celebration for reed quintet and audience, which Akropolis commissioned in 2014.

Akropolis delivers passionate, energized, and unforgettable performances on a variety of series both traditional and adventurous in nature. All Akropolis events include informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Originating at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Akropolis remains Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon). Akropolis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the classical music landscape “through engaging performances, new music advocacy, and enriching educational experiences”.

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to welcome back to the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer the keyboard artistry of one of America’s most sought after concert organists and recording artists – WALT STRONY – with his soaring melodies and refreshing arrangements on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Lincoln Hall – to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Paul McKissick, rebuilder of the McKissick Mighty Wurtlizer in Lincoln Hall.

Acclaimed as one of America’s most original and interesting theatre organists, Walt Strony  has been inducted ito the American Theatre Organ Society Hall of Fame and is the only organist to have been voted “Organist of the Year” twice by ATOS.

“Strony has become one of the rare breed of today’s younger theatre organists to have developed a style uniquely his own. While looking backwards, respectfully to the masters of the theatre organ tradition, he manages to look forward with a refreshing approach in all his musical arrangements. It is a style that is inventive, harmonically interesting, and above all, right for today.”

ARCA has asked Walt Strony to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Paul McKissick, as he is one of Paul’s favorite theatre organists and one of the first to have performed on the refurbished instrument, the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer.  It has been installed in Lincoln Hall since ARCA’s first performance season in 2006.  (See full story below)

Tickets are Adults $25, Members $20, Students $5.  You may purchase tickets online here or call to reserve:  724 659-3153

Immediately following the concert, ARCA Members donating at the Bronze level ($100) and above are invited to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Paul McKissick,  at a post concert reception at RiverStone Mansion.   If you wish to become a member and join the festivities, you may click on Members.

Walt Strony

Walter Strony is one of America’s premier concert organists. He made his public debut in 1974 at the age of 18 and has since established himself as one of few organists equally at home playing both theatre and classical organ.

Mr. Strony has performed hundreds of concerts from coast to coast in the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England, and Canada. In addition, he has performed at many conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society and the American Guild of Organists.

In July 2007 he performed the first solo organ recital to be presented in many years at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the American Theatre Organ Society’s 2007 Convention.  In June 2016, he was featured for the second time in an evening concert on the famous Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia — the world’s largest fully functioning pipe organ.

He is the only living organist to have been twice voted “Organist of the Year” by the American Theatre Organ Society – in 1991 and 1993. In 2011, he was inducted into the ATOS “Hall of Fame.”  He has performed with the Calgary Symphony; Allentown Symphony; El Paso Symphony; and Symphony Silicon Valley.

In addition to his fine reputation as a concert organist, Mr. Strony is well known for his many recordings. His first CD “Phoenix” was rated 10/10 by CD Review — the highest rating given by this prestigious publication. He has recorded over 31 albums with his most recent CD (2013) being recorded on the Aveni Wurlitzer in Gates Mills, OH — an instrument that he designed.

As an author, he is well known for his book “The Secrets Of Theatre Organ Registration”, which has become the standard reference book on this subject.  He is currently working on its expanded 2nd Edition, which will be released in 2017.

In addition to being one of America’s most sought after concert organists, he is well known for his work as a pipe and digital organ consultant-tonal finisher.  His work in this area has taken him to both theatre and classical instruments across the country and around the world.  In 2008, the Allen Organ Company commissioned him to design a new four-manual instrument – the Walt Strony Signature Series Organ.

Walter Strony was born in Chicago in 1955, and began music lessons at the age of seven. His theatre organ teacher was the famous Chicago organist Al Melgard, who for many years was the Staff Organist at the Chicago Stadium. His classical studies were with Herbert L. White and Karel Paukert.

He lives in California’s Gold Rush Country, which is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, fine dining, and collecting contemporary art and Art Deco items.

This well-rounded musician brings a wealth of experience to any organ console. This experience has brought him the reputation of being one of America’s most original and interesting sounding concert organists. As one reviewer noted – “Strony has become one of the rare breed of today’s younger theatre organists to have developed a style uniquely his own. While looking backwards, respectfully to the masters of the theatre organ tradition, he manages to look forward with a refreshing approach in all his musical arrangements. It is a style that is inventive, harmonically interesting, and above all, right for today.”


The McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer


Join us as we celebrate the 90th birthday of Paul McKissick, whose vision and genius in completely rebuilding the instrument has created this treasure for ARCA and Lincoln Hall – one of the best examples of this class of theatre organ.

Paul lovingly and painstakingly rebuilt the instrument over eleven years and in 1999 the restored Wulrtlizer was installed in McKissick’s garage at their home in Lake Latonka near Mercer, PA.  The organ became known as the Latona Pipes, and was played in annual benefits concerts to raise money for the DeBence Museum in Franklin.  Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee attended one of the concerts.  When Paul decided to downsize and was seeking a place for the Wurtlizer for the next generation, Dr. Arthur and Patricia Steffee, ARCA’s founders, purchased it to enhance the newly restored Lincoln Hall, on the second floor of the Foxburg Free Library.

ARCA’s Wurlitzer contains seventeen ranks of pipes and is characterized by a balanced blend of unmistakeable Wurlitzer ‘sounds”.  Built in 1928 at the Wurlitzer Organ factory in North Tonawanda outside of Buffalo and numbered OPUS 1989, the organ originally was installed in Cleveland’s Uptown Theatre.  It was played for several years accompanying silent movies.  With the end of the silent film era it was subsequently purchased by Richard Wheeler, a Cleveland organist, and remained in his home until Wheeler passed.  Paul McKissick purchased it from the Haynes Company in North Canton, Ohio, where it had been in storage.

Its seventeen ranks of pipes translate to 60 notes per voice or rank, more than 1200 pipes and 6,000 moving parts to make the Wurlitzer sound.  Only the relay and computer are not authentic or vintage parts on the organ.  The installation included one of Wurlitzer’s most unique features, the decorative ‘Toy Shelf’ of miniature instruments, which are displayed in a rear balcony in Lincoln Hall and are all powered by the organ. The marimba was added and all the associated drums, cymbals, bells and automatic piano produce a balanced blend of unmistakable Mighty Wurlitzer sounds.

ARCA audiences have enjoyed ten years of glorious music making on the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer by some of the worlds greatest theatre organists – including David Wickerham, Martin Ellis, Walt Strony, Scott Foppiano, Donna Parker, Jelani Eddington and Ken Double.  Jason Wiles is ARCA’s organ technician, maintaining and tuning the organ for each concert.

In 2012, the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer Legacy Fund was established in honor of Paul and Sally McKissick, to maintain the organ and insure the future of this extraordinary instrument for future audiences.  Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund may do so by contacting ARCA at

See more on the Paul McKissick Story and the McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer organ.


McKissick Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ –


Grove City College Touring Choir

Dr. Katherine MuellerConductor

To usher in the Holy Season, be uplifted by a program of spiritually inspired choral music – as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts proudly presents the Grove City College Touring Choir in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 PM.  Join us for a refreshing afternoon of music as ARCA celebrates the musical excellence of a preeminent choral group in our region, Grove City College Touring Choir, in a concert of choral music, including classical sacred works, songs of praise and African American spirituals.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, Students and Children under 6 are free.   Buy tickets online here or you may call to reserve at (724) 659-3153.

The Choir’s concert in Foxburg follows their annual spring east coast tour to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  The Choir travels widely and has performed in virtually every state east of the Mississippi River, including New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit.  It dedicates itself to the highest standards of musicianship and expressiveness as a choral ensemble.

Zak Klassen

ARCA is proud that Emlenton’s own Zak Klassen, a senior at Grove City College, is a member of the Touring Choir and will be performing in the April 2nd Foxburg Concert.  Zak is remembered for his leading roles in musicals and solos in choral concerts at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. Bring with you all the students and young people you know, for whom admission is free. It will be a memorable afternoon of inspiring music.

In recent years the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.  In April 2015, the Touring Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and in April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.

A highlight of the Christmas season is the Choir’s musical performance in Grove City College’s annual candlelight services.

Grove City College Touring Choir 

The Touring Choir has been in existence since its founding in 1959 by Oscar Cooper, and continues to function as a co-curricular activity on the Grove City College campus. Members are selected by audition, and represent a variety of academic disciplines from across the campus community.

The choir travels widely and has established for itself high standards of musicianship and expressiveness as a choral ensemble. In addition to the annual spring tour, the choir performs for churches in the western Pennsylvania area and at various campus events. A highlight of the Christmas season for the choir members is their musical leadership in the annual college candlelight services.

Performances of the Touring Choir for professional music organizations have included the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conferences in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2004, and 2009; the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conventions in 1987 and 1991; and the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 2002. In April of 2001 the choir sang for the Palm Sunday Services at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

During recent years the choir has been invited to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and the Wheeling, WV Symphony.  In April 2015 the Touring Choir performed the Mozart Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the featured choir with the Keith and Kristyn Getty Band as part of the Getty’s national tour, and performed again with the Gettys in October 2016. In April 2016, the choir performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Verdi’s Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Heinz Hall.

The Choir is directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller.

Concert Program

Hodie Christus natus est                        Sweelinck

Duo Seraphim (women)                         Victoria

Lobet den Herrn                                      Bach

Laudate Dominum                                  Mozart

Bogoroditse Devo                                    Rachmaninoff

Let All the Nations Praise the Lord       Leisring

Beautiful Savior                                        Christiansen


—-   Intermission   —-


Abendlied (surround)                             Rheinberger

Song of Triumph                                     Grotenhuis

The Eyes of All                                         Berger

Non nobis Domine (men)                      Powell

Sleep                                                         Eric Whitacre

Glory, Glory, Glory                                  Hogan

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, arr. Page

Ezekiel Saw de Wheel                             arr. Dawson

God Be in My Head                                 arr. Rutter

About the Artists

Dr. Katherine Mueller

The conductor of the Grove City College Touring Choir is Dr. Katherine Mueller, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Grove City College. She completed her D.M.A. in Conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia with Maestro Robert Shafer, and holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon with Maestro Robert Page, a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Susquehanna University.

While in Pittsburgh, Mueller was Music Director of the 90-voice Pittsburgh Concert Chorale for five seasons, as well as Choir Director at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Also during this time, Dr. Mueller served as Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the choir of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where she prepared an opera choruses program for visiting conductor Ian Robertson of the San Francisco Opera, and prepared a women’s chorus for The Pittsburgh Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, she was the high school choral director and Director of Fine Arts in the Ipswich, MA Public Schools, where her choirs earned numerous awards at the state level which led to performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall.  Other engagements include the world premiere performance of John Tavener’s final choral/orchestral commission Three Poems of George Herbert at Washington’s National Cathedral, and Music Director and Conductor of Loudoun Lyric Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel in Leesburg, Virginia. Dr. Mueller recently served as guest conductor of the women’s All-State Festival choir in Akron, NY.

Grove City College Touring Choir Members 

Dr. Katherine Mueller, Director
Claire DeArmitt and Evelyn Munson, Accompanists

Choir Officers

Hayley Simpson, President                                                            Zak Klassen, Chaplain

Joel Espenshade, Vice-President                                        Emily Bach, Publicity Chair

Claire DeArmitt, Secretary                                                  David Tharnish, Social Chair

Luke Lofton, Treasurer                                                        Kassaundra Funch, Historian



JULIA BARNES, Meadville, PA – Music, Fr.

AMANDA CASTO, Hillsborough, NJ  – Music Education, Sr.

CHARISSA CODDINGTON, Saegertown, PA  – Political Science, Jr.

VIRGINIA FLANDERS, Fairfax, VA  – English, Jr.

KASSAUNDRA FUNCH, Eden, NY  – Music Education, Jr.

BETHANY KING, Lewisberry, PA  – Marketing Management, So.

LAUREN KOSTELNY, Easton, PA – Music, So.

CALLIE ROBERTS, Grand Rapids, MI –  Music, So.

ANNA SHOENTHAL, Mars, PA –  Music, So.

HAYLEY SIMPSON, Latrobe, PA – Elementary and Secondary Education, Sr.

KIRSTEN WARD, Big Rock, IL – Pre K-4 Education, So.

REBEKAH WILLSON, Beaver Falls, PA – Music, Jr.



EMILY BACH, Fox Chapel, PA  – Pre-K-4 Elementary Education, Jr.

ALLYSON DAVIES, Macungie, PA – Music Business, Fr.

CLAIRE DEARMITT, Bellwood, PA  – Music Education, Sr.

GRACE HERMESMANN, Columbus, NJ – English/French, Jr.

RACHEL KURAK, Avon Lake, OH  – Secondary Mathematics Education, Jr.

AMY LIND, Shoreline, WA 0 Biology, Sr.

ANNA MUNSON, Grove City, PA – History, Sr.

EVELYN MUNSON, Grove City, PA  – Music, So,

JORDYN PISTILLI, Vienna, VA – History/Social Studies Secondary Ed., Fr.

ALINA SANTIAGO, Warrenton, VA – Music Education, Jr.

EMILY THARNISH, Elma, NY – Chemistry, Sr.



ADAM BANNISTER, East McKeesport, PA – Biology, Fr.

COLTON CROSKEY, Gibsonia, PA – Music Education, So.

BENJAMIN DEMERS, Douglas, MA  – Marketing Management, Fr.

JONATHAN FISHER, Petaluma, CA – Communication Studies, Sr.

TERIN KELSEY, Hampstead, MD – Music Education, Sr.

LUKE LEONE, Camp Hill, PA – History and Philosophy, Jr.

STEVEN MAKER, South Park, PA – Math Secondary Education, Jr.

DOMINIC RODRIGUEZ, Upper Deerfield, NJ – Electrical/Computer Engineering, Jr.

DANIEL SMITH, Moon Township, PA – Computer Science, So.

JOSHUA TRACEY, Union, ME – Accounting, Jr.



SAMUEL BEILER, Mifflinburg, PA – Physics/Computer Software, So.

JOEL ESPENSHADE, Lancaster, PA – Communication Studies, Jr.

BRADLEY EVANS, Mill Creek, WA  – Political Science, So.

MATTHEW GERVASI, Audubon, NJ – Biology Health, Fr.

NICHOLAS HOLMER, Chicago, IL  – Accounting, Jr.

COREY KERSTETTER, Lititz, PA  – Music/Marketing Management, So.

ZAK KLASSEN, Emlenton, PA  – Music Education, Sr.

LUKE LOFTON, New Wilmington, PA – Computer Information Systems, So.

DAVID THARNISH, Elma, NY – Physics, Sr.

TREVOR TUXILL, Burnt Hills, NY – International Business, So.

AUSTIN ZICK, San Diego, CA – English, Jr.


Grove City College

Founded in 1876, Grove City College stands on its founding ideals of faith and freedom, made possible by an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and rigorous academics at a price within the reach of families with modest means.

Grove City College is a fully accredited four-year coeducational college of liberal arts, sciences and engineering located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. Its 2,500 students may choose from more than 50 programs of study, including five music-related majors and six pre-professional programs.

The campus of Grove City College comprises more than 150 beautifully landscaped acres, divided into two sections by Wolf Creek. These two areas are connected by Rainbow Bridge, a signature stone arch footbridge.

The students of Grove City College remain at the core of its success. A record number of National Merit Scholars are routinely admitted as freshmen. Each year, the average SAT score of incoming freshmen remains one of the highest in the nation. Studies show that Grove City College education students perform the best on state exams.

A private college striving to remain truly independent, Grove City College is an advocate of the free market economic system and accepts no direct federal funding. Tuition is about half the national average for private colleges.

Grove City College is among the nation’s elite institutions of higher learning, according to Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s Top Colleges. The College has been named a Best Value and a Best National Liberal Arts College by Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The Young America’s Foundation calls Grove City College one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country and it has been honored as a Christian College of Distinction.



Judi FigelVocals
David CrisciKeyboards
Robbie KleinSaxophone & Flute
Tod TreganowanDrums

By popular demand of its cabaret-loving audience, Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is pleased to bring back to Foxburg one of the preeminent and most on-demand singers in the Pittsburgh jazz and cabaret scene, Judi Figel, backed by the superb musicians in her band – to create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music in Lincoln Hall’s romantic nightclub environment on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 PM.  

Be sure to wear your dancing shoes for dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.   Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating to enjoy these consummate artists make it the perfect night out to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend.  Cheese and snacks will be served, with beverages by donation.

Known for her extraordinary voice and musicianship, Judi Figel is a celebrated singer in the jazz scene and musical nightlife in the Pittsburgh area who takes her audiences on a ride from pop, country, the blues and jazz standards to musical theater and light rock.  Judi’s glorious singing and her fun-loving personality will charm, soothe and rock your soul.

As has been said of Judi’s voice and vocal artistry, “WHAT A VOICE!  This singer really has the pipes – and a beautiful heart to match!”  Judi and the superb instrumentalists in her Trio, will create an unforgettable evening of cabaret singing and dance music: David Crisci on keyboards, Robbie Klein, sax and flute and Tod Treganowan on Drums.

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25, Students $5. Snacks are served.  Beverages are available by donation.   Dancing at the back of the hall.  Because of cabaret table seating, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.  To reserve a table or tickets, call 724 659-3153 or buy online here.

At home in front of an eighteen piece band or at the piano herself, Judi’s singing is tasty, artistic, powerful and soulful.  You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear Judi right here in the Allegheny River valley in a romantic, candle lit night of cabaret and dancing in Lincoln Hall.  Be sure to wear your dancing shoes for dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.   Glittering candlelight and cabaret table seating to enjoy these consummate artists make it the perfect “night out” to celebrate the Father’s Day weekend.


Judi Figel is a celebrated singer in the jazz scene and musical nightlife in the Pittsburgh area. A dynamite singer and great pianist Judi performs a wide variety of music styles. Her repertoire includes pop, jazz, country, light rock, Broadway and standards. Her fun-loving personality along with strong vocals will surely captivate and delight!

Moving gracefully from performing as a solo singer/pianist to fronting an eighteen piece big band, Judi has performed with her “Judi Figel Duo/Trio” in countless public venues in the Pittsburgh area and performed for many years at private venues with the dance band “Starfire”.   Judi has done pre-shows at the Post-Gazette Pavilion and the Chevrolet Amphitheater for Bobby Vinton, John Fogerty, John Cougar Mellencamp, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago and Steely Dan.

A featured vocalist with the Trinity Jazz Orchestra big band, Judi has performed at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Byham Theater. Judi also has been a much sought after soloist for wedding ceremonies and receptions in and around the Pittsburgh area since 1980. Judi has recorded as a vocalist on several local artists’ albums and has done several commercial spots.  Judi is currently in production on a solo CD project.

Originally from the West Mifflin area, Judi now resides in Monroeville. She earned a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College as a piano major/voice minor specializing in Music Education and a Master of Music Education at Duquesne University. Judi is a retired music instructor from the Plum Borough School District.

Make your plans now for a night out with your sweetheart, serenaded by this consummate singing artist and her tasty jazz musicians – David Cisci, Robbie Klein, and Tod Treganowan!  It will be a night you will long remember.

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25, Students $5. Snacks are served.  Beverages are available by donation.   Because of cabaret table seating, reservations are required.  Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.  To reserve a table or tickets, call 724 659-3153 or buy online here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players

Jennifer OrchardViolin
Shu ZhanViolin
Marylène Gingras-RoyViola
Mikhail IstominCello
Dimitri PapadimitriouPiano

Back by popular demand, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players return to Lincoln Hall on Sunday, May 7, 2107 at 2:00 PM to perform an inspiring program that seems to exude the joy and exuberance of spring! It promises to be a glorious afternoon of world class chamber music right in the intimacy and crystalline acoustics of Lincoln Hall – as the beautiful Allegheny River Valley is in full bloom.  

The concert includes the thrilling masterwork, Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat Major, as well as Gustav Mahler’s piano quartet and Antonín Dvorák’s Terzetto and the hauntingly beautiful second movement from his “Dumka” Piano Quintet.  

The extraordinary PSO Chamber Players artists include Pittsburgh Symphony violinists Jennifer Orchard and Zhan Shu, violist Marylène Gingras Roy, and cellist Mikhail Istomin, joined by Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou.  Appearing in ARCA’s inaugural classical concert in 2005 with mezzo soprano Katherine Soroka, Jennifer Orchard and Mikhail Istomin have become audience favorites; they have appeared in nearly every ARCA season and frequently with violist Marylène Gingras Roy, who most recently performed in the Schubert “Trout” Quintet with pianist David Allen Wehr in the Duquesne University “Schubert on the Bluff” program.  It will be a love fest for their fans as they return to perform some of the most lyrically beautiful chamber music ever written!


After the concert, join us for a Meet the Artist reception at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop, from 4 to 6 PM coinciding with the Red Brick Gallery exhibit Magic & Mystery:  Painters Bruce Pipman & Jason Floyd Lewis at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.

Tickets are Adults $25, Members $20, Students $5.  Call to reserve at 724-659-3153 or buy online here.

arca_pgh_symph_spring-15 - Version 2The Chamber Players is an acclaimed group of Pittsburgh Symphony musicians performing in mixed ensembles raging from two to eight artists.  Previous appearances on the stage of Lincoln Hall have made this group an audience favorite.  Their performances are noted for an eclectic mix of traditional repertoire along with rarely heard works and new compositions-a display of daring and intelligent programming presented with uncompromising artistry.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states: “They appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose”.

Mikhail ‘Misha’ Istomin, Pittsburgh Symphony Cellist and the group’s Artistic Director says: “Our concerts with favorite chamber music treasures, new musical flavors and stirring experiences will engage and involve you with both the music and musicians for intimate and informative performances, taking chamber music back to its roots as an evening among friends”.

Each member of this ensemble has an impressive list of credentials not only as performers, but also as educators, sharing their skills and love of music with students of all ages.  “One piece of great art makes all people feel the same…another piece of great art makes people feel a variety of emotions, but one thing is constant: great art always makes people….feel!”- Misha.

The concert program will feature master works by Antonín Dvorák, Gustav Mahler and Robert Schumann.

Antonín Dvorák            Terzetto in C, Opus 74 for Two Violins and Viola
     Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo

Gustav Mahler               Piano Quartet in A minor

Antonín Dvorák            Second movement of Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Opus 81
Dumka:  Andante con moto

Robert Schumann        Piano Quintet in E flat major, Opus 44
     Allegro brillante
    In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente
    Scherzo: Molto vivace
    Allegro ma non troppo

Mikhail ‘Misha’ Istomin, born and educated in Russia, holds a Master of Music degree from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. While still in school, he became Principal Cellist of the State Hermitage Orchestra under the direction of Saulus Sondetskis and later joined the orchestra of the Kirov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre under Valery Gergiev.  In 1987, Istomin became the cellist of the Leningrad Conservatory String Quartet, and in 1989 the group won the grand prize in the National Soviet Union Competition of String Quartets. Later that same year, Istomin defected during the quartet’s US tour, and was granted political asylum in the United States.

Immediately following these events, Istomin joined the Richmond Symphony and became a faculty member of both Virginia State University and the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts at the University of Richmond.  Istomin was appointed Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater orchestras in 1991, and the following year he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Istomin is a winner of both the Passamaneck Award of the Y Music Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions. He has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Asheville Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony and others.In July of 1998, Mr. Istomin returned to St. Petersburg to perform in the Second World Cello Congress under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Istomin is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. The Trio has released three CDs on the Minstrel Label to resounding critical acclaim. Three Graces features the chamber music of British composer Armstrong Gibbs; Phantasie is dedicated to the chamber music of Frank Bridge; the CD of Russian music includes the Piano Trio by Georgy Sviridov and Seven Romances inspired by the poems of Alexander Blok. “Encore!…Encore!” is a collection of short works for a piano trio, including compositions by Piazzolla, Schostakovich, Albeniz, Glinka and many others.

Frequent guests at major summer music festivals in the US, Canada and Europe, the Pittsburgh Piano Trio recently premiered a Triple Concerto by post-romantic Russian composer Paul Juon with The Tchaikovsky State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseev at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall.

Canadian violinist, Jennifer Orchard, has traveled the world performing as a chamber musician, soloist, and as first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Upon graduating from the Juilliard School, Ms. Orchard was invited to be a member of the world renowned Lark Quartet. As a legacy from this time period with the quartet, Ms. Orchard recorded works of Robert Schumann, Alfred Schnittke, Peter Schickele, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Amy Beach, Alexander Borodin and the Pulitzer Prize winning quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis – one of several new works for string quartet commissioned by the Lark Quartet.

Shortly after arriving in Pittsburgh, Jennifer was invited to join the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. Highlights of their career include a tour to Russia to the St Petersburg Conservatory and the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall where the trio presented the Russian premiere of the triple Concerto of Paul Juon with the Tchaikovsky State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseev.

As well as playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchard enjoys staying active in the chamber music arena. Her recent release of Paul Juon’s violin and piano works was a world premiere and has another CD of Paul Juon’s music with pianist, Igor Kraevsky scheduled for later this year.

Ms. Orchard studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Szymon Goldberg and at the Juilliard School with Robert Mann. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, the Schleswig Holstein festival in Germany and the Mehli Mehta Festival in Mumbai, India.

She plays on an Andreas Guarnerius violin, dated circa 1676.

Marylène Gingras-Roy, a native of Québec City, Canada,  joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season, and in 2004 was promoted to fourth chair. She studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec with Douglas McNabney and François Paradis and graduated in 1993 with unanimous First Prizes in both in viola and chamber music. She was the recipient of Canada and Québec Arts Councils’

Scholarship Grants, enabling her to attend the Harid Conservatory, where she studied with Victoria Chiang, and then at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Karen Tuttle and Joseph DePasquale. She earned an Artist Diploma in 1997.

Marylène is adjunct professor of viola at Duquesne University and has a full private studio at home. She is also an orchestra coach for the Three River Young Peoples orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. A highly sought-after teacher and pedagogue, Marylène has over twenty years of experience with students at various levels of experience and distinction.

Marylène has also taught at summer music festivals such as: Domaine Forget, Québec, Interharmony Festival in Germany and Italy and Advanced Chamber Music Seminar in Pittsburgh.  Marylène has been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Duquesne University Orchestra and Symphonette and she performs regularly in chamber music concerts.

She has participated in many festivals, including the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall, the Jerusalem Music Festival, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra (where she served as Principal violist), and since 2000 the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho.

Marylène’s recordings of chamber music include Leo Zeitlin’s Yedish songs and the Caprichos Nos. 2-4 by Leonardo Balada (world premiere recording) for the Naxos label. She has also recorded the Serenade no 6 for trombone, viola and cello by Vincent Persichetti.

Marylèneʼs viola is by Italian maker Umberto Muschietti (1929).

Violinist Zhan Shu
joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2014-2015 season. Before coming to PSO, Shu spent 8 seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Associate Concertmaster for the 2008-2009 season. Shu has previously served as concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of Southeast Texas, and as guest concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, EOS Repertoire Orchestra in China, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan and Scheleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra in Germany.

Shu has won numerous competitions, including the first prize at the Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artist Competition in New York,  the Midland-Odessa Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Indiana University Concerto Competition, the Mannes College of Music Concerto Competition, the Texas Music Festival Concerto Competition, and price winner of the New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Central Conservatory of Music Violin Competition and the China Youth Violin Competition. The recordings of Shu’s performances have been heard on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase in New York City, WUSF in Tampa, KUHF in Houston and NPR. Shu has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra,  the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Philharmonic, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, the Mannes College of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China.

As an active chamber musician, he performed regularly with the Present Music and Colectivo Coffee Chamber Music Series in Milwaukee. Shu has also been invited to participate in Sarasota Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival and Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin.

Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. A passionate avid of chamber music, Dimitri has recently collaborated with principal musicians from major European and U.S. orchestras, including Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A musician of versatile skills, he has lately developed an interest in conducting that led him to a successful debut on the podium with Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat major and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony at the Pierre Monteux Festival and School. Currently a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, he also serves as the Artistic Director of the ‘Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series’, a newly found series that brings together members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to the U.S., Dimitri was residing in Ireland enjoying a flourishing career with engagements in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, while completing his Doctorate in Music Performance. A native of Greece, Dimitri at age sixteen won first prize at the international chamber music competition ‘Classical Heritage’ of Moscow, made his debut with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’ and following an outstanding success, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for a national broadcast. A graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.



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