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. Currently, Devin instructs 25 violin students from his home studio in Pittsburgh, performs with the Westmoreland Symphony, and directs Musicians With A Mission.

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.  

Janice Coppola, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Janice Coppola received her B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed with and founded three klezmer ensembles in the Pittsburgh area - The Hot Matzohs, Klezlectic and Eastern Watershed. Janice has also been one of the music director's at Temple Sinai for eight years, directing the Temple Sinai Band who perform for first Friday Shabbat. As a soloist, Janice has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the River City Brass, and The Edgewood Symphony. Janice has been on the Gateway to the Arts Roster for over a decade with varying programs focused on klezmer and music of the immigrants in Pittsburgh.

Jennie Dorris, Marimba
Jennie is a writer, percussionist, and interdisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh. A new member of Crusic Percussion, she is producing Salvage, a collaborative concert series in The Space Upstairs featuring chamber music, writing, film, and dance. She recently started building marimbas using 3-modeling and CNC machining, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh’s TechShop, and Crusic founder Colin Pinto-Martin. The project was created in an effort to produce more affordable instruments to low-income schools.

James Gourlay, Tuba
James Gourlay studied tuba performance at the Royal College of Music, London, but left after a short time to take up a full time position in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Three years later, he became principal tuba of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. Today, James Gourlay is the General Director of Pittsburgh's own River City Brass, the world's only full-time professional brass band, performing 70 concerts annually all over the USA.  He has made 5 solo CDs, including the acclaimed 'British Tuba Concertos' and more than 20 CDs with brass bands and wind bands.

Rebekah Hill, Piano
Rebekah Hill is a collaborative pianist for singers and chamber musicians throughout the Pittsburgh area. 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.

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 and the Passamaneck. Bev was the principal keyboard artist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble with recordings on various labels and chamber music CDs available upon request.

Rosemary Pavlovsky, soprano
Rosemary Pavlovsky has been heard with the Undercroft Opera and The Pittsburgh Savoyards, among others. Her operatic credits include Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, 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
Originally from New England, Frank moved to Pittsburgh in 1994, and is now retired from a banking career. He 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!

Henry Tucker, Tenor


Paula Tuttle, Cello
Paula Tuttle has traveled and performed throughout the US, Europe and the Far East as orchestral musician, soloist and chamber music artist. She played as Principal Cello for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. She presented numerous recitals in France during three summers at the Acadamie Franco-Americaine in Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence.  As a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, she has been Assistant Principal as well as Principal Cello since 1987. In addition to providing private lessons, Ms. Tuttle teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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.