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1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
The Pittsburgh Music Academy
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.

Our parents say it best
The Faculty

Katherine Monsour Barley (better known as “Kiki”), piano - MM Piano Performance, Ithaca College; BM with Distinction in Applied Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music; Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer. Studied with Carmen Rummo, Eugene List, Barry Snyder, Maria-Luisa Faini, Phiroze Mehta. Suzuki training with Harlow Mills, Connie Starr, Haruko Kataoka. Kiki is a founding teacher at PMA and has taught since its beginnings in 1996. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Kiki serves as the PMA Academy Director.

Kiki is the mother of 3 children who were Suzuki students, two of whom are now Suzuki teachers and professional musicians. In her free time, she plays as a local accompanist and chamber musician.

Jeremy Colbert, guitar & voice - BM Music Education, Shenandoah Conservatory. Studied with (guitar) Rick Whitehead and Chadwick Becks; (voice) Michael Forest, Lisa Reagan, and Robert Shafer who is the Grammy Award winning director of the Washington Chorus and founder of the City Choir of Washington. Suzuki training with Andrea Cannon. Member of PMA faculty since 2009. 

Jeremy Colbert received his bachelor degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory along with the Student Teacher of the Year Award in 2009. He has since been a faculty member of the Pittsburgh Music Academy where he teaches guitar and voice--leading the guitar department 2013-present. In addition, Jeremy has directed the Summer Dreamers ‘Music Alive!’ program through Pittsburgh Public Schools and has co-founded the Summer Rock Academy. Jeremy performs regularly with folk-rock group Nameless in August, and has performed in the past with the groups Grey’s Fool, Boon, & The Voodoo Babies. During his performing experience he has shared the stage with The Doobie Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Meatloaf, Fuel, Everclear, Howie Day and the same venues as Dave Matthews Band, Dead & Co, Heart, Def Leppard, John Mayer, Train, and The Pittsburgh Steelers. Jeremy also enjoys musically accompanying yoga classes in the region. 

Carrie Walsh Erdely, violin - MM Violin Performance, Duquesne University; BM Violin Performance, Duquesne University; undergraduate performance studies, Carnegie Mellon University. Studied with Oscar Ravina, Youson Kim, Laura Park, Christopher Wu, Carolyn Huebl, Barbara Krakauer, Margaret Pardee, Charles Stegeman, Jennifer Ross, and Rachel Stegeman. Suzuki training with Carrie Reuning Hummel, Ed Kreitman, Roger Stieg, and Barbara Barber. Member of PMA faculty since 2002. Carrie also serves PMA as the String Department Chair, board member, and director of marketing.

Carrie is a musician with the Wheeling Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, McKeesport Symphony, and Washington Symphony Orchestra. She also freelances often for weddings, business functions, and church services. She regularly performs at First Lutheran Church services and recitals. She especially loves to teach children of all ages and ability levels.

Gina Glenn, piano

Margaret Anna Hamstead, piano - BA Music education, Shepherd College; MA Musicology, Boston University; MS Reading/Language Arts, Syracuse University; Ed. D. Nova Southeastern University.  Studied with Maria Clodesw and Robert Merfeld; Suzuki training with Katherine Monsour Barley.  Member of PMA faculty since 2014.

Margaret enjoys playing music with local chamber music groups and is a consultant with the Organization Development of Training.  She loves working with and learning from students!

Elise Henkelman, cello

Josie Kost, flute - BM Performance, Wheaton College; MM Performance, Duquesne University; Artist Diploma, Duquesne University. Studied with Anita Rieder, Damian Bursill-Hall; summer study with Jill Felber. Suzuki training with David Gerry and Kelly Williamson. Member of PMA faculty since 2010.

Josie is the principal flute with the Greenville Symphony. She has also performed with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Westmoreland Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and Altoona Symphony. She plays piano for church services at Port Vue United Methodist Church and also work as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, conducting the flute ensembles. Teaching children is one of the most rewarding aspects of her week. She strives to engage each child in a way that is educational, fun and age appropriate. As a result, each child gains confidence that carries over from the instrument to other areas of daily life.

Jack Kurutz, piano

Jennifer Madge, violin - MM Violin Performance, Duquesne University; BM Violin Performance, Summa Cum Laude, Duquesne University; Undergraduate studies in violin performance and music education, Wichita State University. Studied with Charles Stegeman (Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet and Pacific Symphony Concertmaster), Huei Sheng Kao (Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Concertmaster), Andre Grabiec (Rochester Philharmonic Concertmaster), Masao Kawasaki, Won Bin Yim. Suzuki training with Vera McCoy-Sulentic, Linda Fiore, Lorraine Fink, Edward Kreitman, Doris Preucil, Thomas Wermuth, Linda Case, Stevie Sandven, Katherine Monsour Barley. Member of PMA faculty since its founding in 1996.

Jennifer has taught violin in many different capacities - as a teacher, a professor and an adjunct professor - at Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, Carnegie Melon Summer String Workshop, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Seton Suzuki School, Musik Innovations, Duquesne University Studio Teaching, and Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra. She currently plays with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra and is a member of the Suzuki Association, Chamber Music America, and American String Teachers Association.

Amaury Morales, piano

Elizabeth Mortimer, piano

Nicole L. Myers, cello - BFA Cello Performance, Carnegie Mellon University; MM Cello Performance, Carnegie Mellon University. Studied with Anne Martindale Williams (principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony) as well as various other teachers at music festivals throughout the US and abroad. Member of PMA faculty since she was in college. Ms. Myers is a cellist in Cello Fury, a cello rock band based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dawn Posey, violin

Jane Schwarz, piano - Studied music at the University of Rochester; BA Psychology and Masters in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh. Studied with Patricia Pavlack, Maria Caruso, and Mr. Lenti. Suzuki trained with Katherine Monsour Barley. Member of PMA faculty since 2002.

Jane often plays in local churches and enjoys participating in choir and instrumental ensembles. She is also a mental health therapist with Chartiers MH/MR Center. She has experience teaching piano to children with disabilities. She is a member of Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Doris Weir, piano

Tara Yaney, flute & piccolo – BM Flute Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music; BS Physics, University of Pennsylvania. Studied with Robert Willoughby. Suzuki training with David Gerry.

Tara is the principal piccolo player of the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Quantum Theatre, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, the International Chamber Ensemble in Rome, Italy, the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and numerous pit orchestras in the Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Pittsburgh areas. She performs regularly as a soloist, and in chamber music with guitarist John Marcinizyn, and with Cincopation, a Pittsburgh based woodwind quintet. 

Upcoming Events
Monday, May 22 through Sunday, May 22 - Visit our Google Calendar!
Wednesday, June 7 through Wednesday, July 5 - Beginner Group Violin Lessons...Register now!
Sunday, June 11 - 2:00-4:30pm J.S. Bach Workshop, a masterclass intended for students interested in learning more about Bach's style, ornaments, articulation, repertoire, and more!

Chamber Music Intensive Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 2017

in Greentree.