Musicians

Devin Arrington, Violin, Founding Director of MWAM
Devin Arrington has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and was assistant concertmaster of the Delhi Symphony. Other credits include performing with guitar legend Phil Keaggy and performances at the Aspen and Bowdoin summer music festivals. He is equally at home with bluegrass, Broadway and other standard classical and popular selections.
Mr. Arrington instructs 33 violin students between his home studio and Duquesne City Music Center, performs with the Westmoreland Symphony, and directs Musicians With A Mission.

Lilly Abreu, Soprano
One of Brazil’s greatest cultural assets, a versatile artist with numerous appearances as recitalist and soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, the United States and Brazil. Among her many honors, Ms. Abreu has performed at the world ecological conference in Rio de Janeiro. Ms. Abreu is on the roster of the Pittsburgh Opera and had been in recent productions of Faust, Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, Street Scene, Turandot, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Falstaff at the Benedum Center.

Ai-Lin Chen, Chinese Zither
One of the founding members of the Purple Bamboo Chinese Music Ensemble, Ms. Chen has performed at the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra Gala, Chinese Culture Festival, and venues all over Pittsburgh.  She has a BA in Music and MA in Arts Administration with a graduate certificate in World Music from Florida State University where she was Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble.

The Chiodi Banjo Trio
The Chiodi Trio is a father-and-his-two-sons band, playing lots of Traditional Jazz favorites mixed with Americana music on two banjos and a bass. Their music is upbeat and lively and gets toes tapping. They can be seen regularly in various venues throughout the city, including in front of Wholey's Market in the Strip nearly every weekend. The Trio is made up of Jt Chiodi (Dad), Nico Chiodi, and Enzo Chiodi.  

Bill Davidson, Piano
William Davidson is a classical and jazz pianist who received his Master's degree from Carngie Mellon University under Sergey Schepkin. He has received awards from the ASCAP Foundation and was recently a semi-finalist prizewinner in the 2017 Waring 
International Piano Competition.

Rebekah Hill, Piano
As a vocal coach and pianist, Rebekah has worked with several opera companies including Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Most recently she was Head of Music for Undercroft Opera and served as Music Director/Pianist for productions. Rebekah Hill is the principal pianist for the Oakland Girls Choir and coordinator of music and liturgy for La Roche College. She attended the Hartt School of Music and the University of Notre Dame, receiving degrees in Piano Accompanying from both institutions.


Hyokyeong Kim, Flute
Ms. Kim completed her Master degree in Flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University under Pittsburgh Symphony flutist, Lorna McGhee.  She has won several awards including Gold Prize in the Yejeon Arts Competition and Korean-American National Competition.

Algirdas Matonis, Euphonium
Originally from Lithuania, Mr. Matonis completed undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Manchester, England, and a postgraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the principal euphonium player of Pittsburgh's River City Brass Band, the only full-time professional brass band in America.

Bev Nero, Piano
Bev Nero has performed with musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Benedum Center orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She holds degrees from Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh where she has served as instructor. Having been a member of the Renaissance, Laurel, and Terzetto trios, she has performed in various music festivals and received awards form the Pittsburgh Concert Society.  Ms. Nero was also the principal keyboard artist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble for many years.

Rosemary Pavlovsky, Soprano
Rosemary Pavlovsky has been heard with the Undercroft Opera and The Pittsburgh Savoyards, among others. Her operatic credits include Stella and Antonia in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Celestial Voice in Don Carlo, and Lady Ella in Patience. She is an alumna of the AIMS in Graz opera studio and has since returned to Austria as a featured recitalist at the Schloss Greillenstein in Horn. She has concertized with the pianist Gerald Jennings and has also been a guest soloist with the Clarksburg Symphony, performing arias by Puccini and Dvořák. Ms. Pavlovsky received her BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.


Frank Pusateri, Accordion
Frank originally studied guitar as a child, but later gravitated to the accordion  and never looked back!  He currently plays with a German band, Alpen Glow, at the Pittsburgh Hofbrauhaus once a month, and also with a Polka Band, Grkmania. He has met the most wonderful people through his music here in the Pittsburgh area, and enjoys entertaining them through MWAM. Frank plays several genres of music, including French, Italian, Greek, Polka, Latin and American Standards. A little something for everyone!

Nadine Sherman, Cello
Ms. Sherman graduated with her Masters in Cello performance having completed studies with Pittsburgh Symphony principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams. She performs with the Westmoreland Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic.

Jennifer Vanella, Soprano
Jennifer is a classically trained vocalist and private instructor specializing in Vocal Jazz, Opera, and Broadway styles. She recently received her Artists Diploma from Duquesne University May 2012. Her studies also include an MM in performance from Wichita State University, 2010 and a BAA from West Virginia University, 2008. Jennifer loves to sing for charities and give back to the community wherever she is in the country and encourages her students to do the same. Her latest concerts include a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Society and Girl Scouts of America young leaders convention.