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Instructor: Abbey Roemer
Focus Areas: Strings
Instruments: Violin, Viola
Locations: Bridgeville, Gibsonia
Description: Abbey Roemer graduated from Lawrence University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance. During her time at Lawrence she had the opportunity to study violin with Wen-Lei Gu and pedagogy with Steven Jordheim, Carrie Lane Gruselle and Kirk Moss, who was the president of ASTA at the time. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is a student of Cyrus Forough. Abbey has performed with orchestras in Pittsburgh and in Wisconsin, including Butler Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and the Fox Valley Symphony, and is an avid performer of chamber music as well. In addition to her life-long love of classical music, Abbey is passionate about studying, playing and teaching traditional folk music, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the Gindroz Prize for Summer Travel which allowed her to spend a summer in Ireland, Scotland and Norway studying fiddle and Hardanger fiddle music and the way it is taught in each tradition. While overseas, she had the incredible opportunity of learning from internationally renowned musicians including Martin Hayes, Alasdair Fraser, and Tore Bulstad. She aims to incorporate the lessons she learned from folk music into her teaching style to create a holistic approach to learning the violin and viola that is rewarding and motivational for students of all ages.

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    Instructor: Cara Garofalo
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Violin ($25/30 minutes)
    Locations: Bridgeville
    Description: Cara Garofalo graduated with a BM in Violin Performance from Duquesne University in 2011, where her primary teacher was Christopher Wu of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2007, Cara has been an active and passionate performer in the music community in Western Pennsylvania, frequently performing professionally with various orchestras and ensembles including the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and the OvreArts Ensemble. In addition to her background in classical music, she has had the pleasure of collaborating with various rock and pop artists in Pittsburgh, and continues to enjoy recording on albums and performing live shows at venues throughout the city. She has great enthusiasm for teaching and educating students through music. She is trained as a teacher in the Suzuki Method, and holds a private studio of students at her home as well as at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center.



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    Instructor: Cathy Baranowski
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Violin and Viola ($25/30 minutes)
    Locations: Gibsonia
    Description: Cathy Baranowski graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Music. She has played in the Duquesne University and Slippery Rock Orchestras. Cathy has also been a private music instructor for over fifteen years. Her students have been chosen for the PMEA and Honors Orchestras. Through her education and music experience she has the ability to teach students of all ages to understand, perform, and appreciate music. She makes learning fun as well as productive.
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    Instructor: David Busch
    Focus Areas: Guitar, Strings
    Instruments: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Cello ($22/30 minutes)
    Locations: Golden Mile, Bridgeville
    Description: David Busch graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education in May 2007 where he studied bass under Nathan Santos and cello under Dr. Linda Jennings.
    David’s teaching style focuses on the students’ personal music goals, being open to teach any musical genre available while incorporating technique, theory, style, and musicality. He believes that music should have a purpose which is, of course, having fun; but, wishes to instill in his students the understanding of hard work and perseverance that is required in achieving substantial goals.
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    Instructor: Gilbert W. Bigenho, Jr.
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Violin, Viola ($125/month)
    Locations: Gibsonia, Golden Mile
    Description: Gil’s college background began at Carnegie Mellon University where in 1975 he received a full scholarship. Once there he studied with Murray Feldman among others and won the concerto competition performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in g minor with the school orchestra. Before college Gil frequently could be seen performing as a soloist with the Wilkensburg Civic Orchestra under the tutelage of Eugene Reichenfeld. This orchestra is currently known as the Edgewood Symphony. Also while in high school Gil was a PMEA performer winning top honors as concertmaster and principal player in the violin section three times between 1972 and 1975.

    Transferring to Manhattan School of Music Gilbert was accepted into Raphael Bronstein’s studio. Maestro Bronstein having taught all of the great violinists of the 20th century to include the likes of Hector Olivera and Itzhak Perlman was a 1917 Leningrad Graduate studying with Leapold Auer and is known for having taught violinist/instructor Dorothy Delay. Continuing to freelance frequently Gil has performed as a soloist with the Jewish Community Center Orchestra, Beaufort Community Orchestra, and was a Rome Festival Soloist performing his international debut in 1984. Some other performing highlights includes; Blossom Music Festival, Principal of Chicago Civic Orchestra, Sandpoint Festival solo and chamber experience under Gunther Schuller, Bear Valley Festival solo and chamber experience under Carter Nice, Principal Violin experience in Savannah Georgia under Maestro Greenburg and concertmaster experience in Shreveport Louisiana. While at Kent State he was invited to be part of Youngstown State’s University graduate string quartet pilot program. Here again he became a frequent soloist with the school orchestra earning a Master’s in Performance working with artists like Joseph Silverstein and the composer Elliot Schwartz while also earning state certification in five semesters. Gil’s current musical passion finds him performing as a soloist, chamber musician and composer arranger with his Bay Chamber Players ensemble. This ensemble can be heard frequently at The Third Street Gallery in Carnegie.

    As a twenty five year public school veteran recently Gil’s experience has been varied to include working as an itinerant string instructor, conductor, general music instructor and high school chorus instructor. His experience includes having been the Music Director for Baltimore Talent Education Center from 1993 - 1995 a comprehensive Suzuki program for all strings, piano, guitar and flute instruction. Another accomplishment includes his time in Beaufort South Carolina where he and his wife enjoyed developing programs for strings in grades 5- 12 between 1989 - 1993. This is very dear to both of them because they were able to develop outreach programs to include the Beaufort Community Youth Orchestra. Gilbert has enjoyed working at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center and is looking forward to continuing to build his studio where he currently instructs students on violin and viola between the ages of six and sixteen.

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    Instructor: Judy Willman
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Violin/Viola ($22/30 minutes)
    Locations: Golden Mile
    Description: Judy grew up in the Penn Hills area and graduated from Penn Hills High School. She attended Carnegie Mellon where she studied viola with George Grossman and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She taught strings in the North Hills School District. Graduate work took her to Brigham Young University where she studied viola with Percy Kalt and played in the Utah Valley Symphony. She went to Arizona and taught strings in the Phoenix Public Schools and played with the Mesa Symphony.
    Since returning to Pittsburgh, Judy has continued to play - both with the McKeesport Symphony and the Butler Symphony, among other places. Judy also works as an artist, painting storefront windows and participating in area craft shows.

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    Instructor: Olga Taimanov
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Violin, Viola ($27/30 minutes)
    Locations: Golden Mile
    Description: Olga Taimanov is a native of Leningrad and attended the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Leningrad, Russia. She graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory and earned her Artist Diploma from Duquesne University.

    Mrs. Taimanov has held numerous orchestra positions, such as Principal Violist of St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Mozarteum", Principal Violist of the State Symphony Orchestra "Klassica", and Associate Principal Viola of the Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
    Mrs. Taimanov’s orchestra experience also includes performances with the world renowned Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed under such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Y. Temirkanov.

    Mrs. Taimanov’s chamber music experience includes performing at many international chamber music festivals such as "Abu-Gosh" in Israel, "Villa Music" in Germany, "The White Nights" in Russia and "Goetehanum" in Switzerland.

    Mrs. Taimanov has received awards including winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition in 2001 and being nominated for the National All-American Scholar Collegiate Award in 2002.

    Mrs. Taimanov continues to be an active performer and teacher. Her busy schedule includes solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. In the past she performed with numerous orchestras around Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Opera as well as the Wheeling Symphony and Three Rivers City orchestra in WV. She is a former member of Erie Philharmonic, and currently an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon

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    Instructor: Stephen Weiss
    Focus Areas: Strings
    Instruments: Viola ($25/30 minutes)
    Locations: Bridgeville
    Description: In 2010, Stephen was principal violist of the PMEA Regional Orchestra and advanced to be in the top 10 violists in PMEA All-State Orchestra. It was then when he began to study with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra such as Paul Silver, Marylene Gingras-Roy, and Mikhail Istomin. He attended Penn State University and majored in music education. He studied viola with Dr. Timothy Deighton and was the guitarist for the Penn State University Jazz Band. He was/is also a member of the American String Teachers Association.
    Stephen has performed and collaborated with national artists such as Mark Wood, Brigid Bibbens, Rachel Barton-Pine, Laura Kaye, and Chris Higbee of the PovertyNeck Hillbillies. He has also worked with local artists in Pittsburgh such as Daniel May, Donna Bailey, Ken Karsh, New Era, and Jamie Bruno. In 2012, Stephen was a violist in the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the principle violist of the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society with whom he was a featured soloist performing the Carl Stamitz Viola Concerto.

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    *Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher* This means that the teacher has received Act 33/34 Clearances from the State of Pennsylvania. Act 33/34 Clearances are designed to ensure that people who work with children have a record clear of child abuse and crime. All schools in Pennsylvania require that teachers and school staff have Act 33/34 Clearances. In June of 2005, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers implemented a policy that all new teachers are required to have Act 33/34 Clearances.

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