Associate of Science, CCAC, with additional courses in Accounting and Bookkeeping as well as Taxation courses with Edward Jones. Tiffany is a new addition to PMA, starting in July, 2018. With more than 11 years of experience, she is a skilled professional able to handle a variety of bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities necessary to manage a small office. She also has experience with forensic accounting processes. Past positions for Ms. Kaminski include Breakfast Manager/Formation Educator at SS. Simon & Jude Elementary School and Multi-Task Office Assistant for the Chartiers Valley School District. Clients will enjoy working with this energenic, dedicated, and organized individual. She is also a certified master gardener!
BS Respiratory Therapy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Gina worked in several hospitals in the Pittsburgh area for over 22 years before beginning her career as a piano teacher. She started at the Pittsburgh Music Academy as a parent in 1992 with her son, and her daughter began taking lessons shortly after in 2000. After spending many years at PMA as a parent, she began teaching Music Together® and piano as a member of the PMA faculty. In 2010, an orthopedic injury prevented her from continuing to teach Music Together® and working in healthcare, and has been a piano teacher ever since. She describes her job as one that people only dream about, teaching children how to make music with joy in their hearts. Gina completed her Suzuki training with Katherine Monsour Barley, and has been a member of the PMA faculty since 2001.
Becky is a native Pittsburgher and PMA alumna! After receiving her BA in Cello Performance from University of Maryland she decided that her true passion was in teaching. She received her Suzuki training with Alice Vierra at the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and opened her own Suzuki cello and piano studio in 2011. In addition, she has training in both Music Mind Games and Music Together and was the Music Director at Reston Montessori School where she started a Suzuki cello program for the Elementary students. Becky has had the opportunity to play with various groups in and around Washington DC. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Mansion on O Street, and The Atlas Theater as principal cellist of the Capital City Symphony.
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.
A native of New York, Jack Kurutz is an avid recitalist, chamber musician, and advocate of contemporary classical music. He is a founding member of the Living Room Chamber Music Project, which aims to make live music accessible and enjoyable by bringing performances from the concert stage into the home.
Mr. Kurutz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, studying with Ivan Davis, and earned his Master of Music from New England Conservatory in Gabriel Chodos’ studio. In 2005, Kurutz completed an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently coaches with Ralph Zitterbart.
In September 2007, Mr. Kurutz won First Prize, Artist Division, in the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the American Liszt Society. Additionally, he was awarded a prize for the best interpretation of a Franz Liszt composition. He was a finalist in the 2009 Simone Belsky Competition and the 2010 Steinway Society of Massachusetts Competition. In addition to serving on the faculty at the Pittsburgh Music Academy, he currently teaches a private studio, holds a teaching position at the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School, and teaches at the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute. Jack completed his Suzuki training with Katherine Monsour Barley, and has been a member of the PMA faculty since 2007.
Nicole Lennartz is currently the Adjunct String Teacher at Pittsburgh CAPA, Violin Faculty, and Director of Marketing at The Pittsburgh Music Academy. Her string group, Radiant Strings (co-founded with colleague and friend Julia Poetain) continues to expand – performing and recording with local pop, rock and R&B artists, weddings, events, and much more in the region. Nicole will graduate with a Master’s of Science from West Virginia University in Data Communications, which she plans to use as she continues to use to perform, teach, and advocate for classical music in the City of Pittsburgh and beyond. She is a continuing student of Charles and Rachel Stegeman.
Nicole Lennartz is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Music Academy, beginning studies at age 3 with Jennifer Madge. She developed a passion and excelled in violin throughout her childhood. She represented Pittsburgh CAPA in PMEA festivals and NAFME All-Eastern Orchestra Festival in 2014. She was also a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years, participating in the Eastern European Tour in 2014 to perform in locations including St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria and the Slovakia Radio Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia. She was also concertmaster of the EQT Pittsburgh Symphony Side-by-Side orchestra in 2013 & 2014.
Nicole Lennartz received her Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University in Marketing Communications and Music Performance, and studied with Rachel Stegeman. While at Duquesne, she was Principle Second Violin of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in 2017 under Maestro Daniel Meyer. She completed Suzuki Violin Unit 1 training with Marilyn O’Boyle in 2016. She continues to perform with regional orchestras Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and the Johnston Symphony Orchestra. She has also shared the stage with Grammy Award Winning Artists like Josh Groban and Michael Buble in 2018 & 2019.
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 Flore, Lorraine Fink, Edward Kreitman, Doris Preucil, Thomas Wermuth, Linda Case, Stevie Sandven, Katherine Monsour Barley. Member of PMA faculty since it’s founding in 1996.
Jennifer has taught violin in many different capacities – as a teacher, a professor, and an adjuct professor – at the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, Carnegie Mellon Summer String Workshop, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Seton Suzuki School, Musik Innovations, Duquesne University Studio Teaching, and Three Rivers Young Peoples 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.
Regarded as “an authority in the classical music world (Ciudad Corazón)” and “a vigorous, energetic performer (Toplicke Vesti)” pianist Amaury Morales has performed widely in major venues of Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia; Amaury has been praised as “a mixture of maturity and youth that reveals an underlying serenity (La Información).” For his methodical choice of repertoire, his performances of Latin-American music have earned him a reputation of an advocate of the region’s classical music: “It was really refreshing to hear a completely different, unconventional Latin rhythm performed by the pianist from this territory who has been awarded many times (Toplicke Vesti, Serbia).” The recipient of several awards, Amaury was awarded for three consecutive years with the Dr. Mark H Cooley scholarship award for outstanding achievement, and has received recognition in competitions such as 3rd place in the Latin American piano festival (2001), 2nd Place in the Manuel Rueda piano competition (2003), 2nd place in the American Protegé (2011) international competition and 1st place in the Silverman chamber music competition (2009). His orchestra appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University baroque ensemble, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Amaury started his piano studies at the Institute of Culture and Arts in the city of Santiago. He studied piano with Dr. Hilda Melis, and music theory with Mercedes Machín. He received Bachelor’s degree at the Boston Conservatory as a student of Max Levinson, and earned his Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied with Dr. Sergey Schepkin. Amaury furthered his artistic education with legendary German pianist Klaus Schilde as an active participant of pianosummer-Vranje festival in Serbia. A devoted educator, Amaury has given masterclasses in Latin America, Istanbul, Serbia, Singapore, and the United States. Along as serving as the Chair of the Piano Department at the Pittsburgh Music Academy, Amaury also belongs to the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s preparatory division. Amaury completed his Suzuki training with Katherine Monsour Barley.
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Maja was born in Serbia, where she finished primary and secondary music school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Music Academy in Eastern Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She went on to earn her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Music in Skopje, Macedonia. Maja is a Duquesne University Artist Diploma recipient in piano performance, where she studied with David Allen Wehr. During her studies she won over 30 awards, both as a soloist and as a member of a chamber music ensembles. Maja attended a number of summer courses delivered by world renowned music pedagogues, among whom were Jurij Kot (Ukraine), David Westfall (USA), Ian Jones (UK), and Klaus Schilde (Germany). Maja’s solo career has brought her to perform in Serbia, around Europe, and the United States. Maja has collaborated with orchestras, dance and opera companies around the Pittsburgh area and has several years of experience collaborating with both singers and instrumentalists. As a pedagogue Maja has several years of experience teaching young, advanced, and adult students; she has served as judge in many competitions in Serbia and USA.
Margaux Matz Pisula
Margaux began her musical profession as a nine-year-old Suzuki violin student and holds degrees in violin and viola performance from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Youngstown and Huntington Symphonies, and has also performed with several other orchestras, ensembles, and festivals within the US and Italy. Margaux has taught through the Pittsburgh Music Academy since 2007 and has also held teaching positions through Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, Lyons Guitar & String, the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, and Greenville I.S.D.’s Suzuki in the Schools program in Greenville, TX. Notable Suzuki pedagogues that Mrs. Pisula has studied with include Sonja Zeithamel, Marilyn O’Boyle, Roger Stieg, Ronda Cole, David Strom, William Preucil, Sr. and Dr. Julia Hardie. Margaux is happily married to her sweet husband Aaron Pisula, a paralegal and trombonist. They reside in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood with their green eclectus parrot, Jasper.
Jonathan’s musical journey began at age 12 when he borrowed his Dad’s guitar, and didn’t give
it back until his parents got him his first guitar four months later. He hasn’t put the guitar down
since, and to this day seeks to improve his skill set, and learn more about music everyday.
Over the years he has developed a teaching philosophy centered around having fun, while also
providing a positive outlet, developing character, confidence, and teamwork with music as the
Growing up in Chicago, Jonathan was exposed to many cultures and musical styles, which
served him well for many years as a fixture on both the Chicago and Northwest Indiana music
scenes, performing in a wide variety of working bands. He has taught in many settings,
including private lessons, group classes, University-level courses, as well as band coaching.
He was also a guest lecturer in 2018 at the East Coast Music Conference where he gave a
lecture on “How to Get Gigs (And How to Keep Them)”. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in
Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago, as well as his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies
from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), where he simultaneously worked as a Graduate
Assistant, teaching full semesters of Jazz History/African American Studies, Group Guitar for
Non-Music Majors, and Undergraduate Jazz Improv, all while on a full scholarship. He also
adjudicated Undergraduate guitar juries, as well as high school Jazz band competitions.
Since 2018, he has been a regular contributor/columnist for Jazz Guitar Today, an online music
Jonathan is also an active composer. His two most recent releases include “A Road Less
Travelled” by his guitar duo group “i 2 i”, and his first solo effort titled “Octavia”, for which he
was the sole performer and co-engineer.
When he isn’t teaching, he likes to read, hike, play ice hockey and ice skate.
Jonathan is brand new to Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, and is excited for this
new chapter of his life and career with the team at The Pittsburgh Music Academy!
Bachelor or Music, Duquesne University. Piano study with Beverly Nero. Organ study with Brett Edler and Ann Labounsky Steele. Suzuki training with Kiki Barley. PMA faculty member since 2000.
In addition to teacheing piano, Ms. Weir served as Director of Music Ministry, Organist and Choir Director at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. Currently, she is playing for various churches for weddings, funerals and other masses and services. From Ms. Weir, “Being with and teaching children is an absolute joy. As a mother of five, I understand the uniqueness of each child and feel my parenting enhances my ability to teach.”