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  PO Box 150
  Gibsonia, PA 15044
  724.444.5670 Fax

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  Pittsburgh, PA 15239   724.519.2114
  724.519.2410 Fax

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  Bridgeville, PA 15017
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Instructor: Liz Rishel
Focus Areas: Voice
Instruments: Voice ($22/30 minutes)
Locations: Gibsonia
Description: Liz Rishel, a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and regularly performs roles for Coloratura Soprano. She recently played Frasquita in Undercroft Opera’s Carmen, and Lady Psyche in The Pittsburgh Savoyards 2013 Production of Princess Ida.
In October of 2010, she and artistic partner Bonnie Bogovich composed, produced and performed their own original multi-media opera entitled Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which Rishel also costumed. Funded by generous grants from the Sprout Fund and the Heinz Endowments, the opera enjoyed remarkable success during it’s first sold-out run, prompting encore performances for two more consecutive seasons.
Liz also recently had the pleasure of costuming Opera Theater’s production of the Frank Lloyd Wright opera biography, The Shining Brow, which was performed in their annual Summerfest and also at Falling Water.
When she is not teaching or performing, Rishel frequently sews for business or pleasure, occasionally working with independent filmmakers and cosplayers. Her favorite roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), The Five-Year-Old (The Proposal), and Antonia (Man of LaMancha).

  • Act 33 Clearance

    Instructor: Raquel Winnica
    Focus Areas: Voice
    Instruments: Voice ($25/30 minutes)
    Locations: Bridgeville
    Description: Raquel Winnica Young earned her Degree in Vocal Performance from the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her Artist Diploma in Voice from Duquesne University. A winner of the 2010 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions, she attended the prestigious Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in 2012. Raquel’s singing career has taken her locally (Quantum Theatre’s productions of Ainadamar and Maria de Buenos Aires, Chatham Baroque, Altoona and Johnstown Symphonies, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Pittsburgh Camerata), nationally (Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, Helios Early Opera in Boston, Strings Festival in Colorado) and across South America and Europe. She is also a member of the Living Room Chamber Music Project here in Pittsburgh.

    In addition to giving master classes and clinics, Raquel has been teaching private students for over fifteen years. Her philosophy of freedom and confidence has helped singers of all ages, and she believes that singing is a learning process that requires discipline, commitment, love for music and the integration of the mind and the mechanics of the body.

  • Act 33 Clearance
    *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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