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Meet Our Musicians

Where Music Meets Health

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Soprano

Lilly Abreu

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.

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Clarinet

Ethan Carter

Ethan is a Clarinetist/Bass Clarinetist and private teacher in the Pittsburgh and Murrysville area, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (Clarinet) with a minor in Conducting at Carnegie Mellon University. Ethan has studied with Thomas Thompson (Former Pittsburgh Symphony Clarinetist), Jack Howell (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Bass Clarinetist), Victoria Luperi (Pittsburgh Symphony Clarinetist) and Eddie Daniels (Legendary Jazz and Classical Clarinet Virtuoso). Ethan is a recipient of the Silver Lei Award (Honolulu International Film Festival), the Henry Archer Award (Concerto Competition), the Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship (3rd place), and the Army Minuteman Scholarship (Army ROTC). Outside the realm of music, Ethan is also a Cadet with the Three Rivers Battalion and serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Upon graduating CMU, he will commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the United States Army.

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Soprano

Megan Cumming

An advocate of the cathartic and healing power of music, American soprano, Megan Cumming, aspires to use her singing to help alleviate pain and suffering. Distinguishing herself through passions for both music and medicine, Megan actively seeks to integrate her interests into a comprehensive and meaningful career path. A newly inducted member of Pittsburgh-founded Musicians with a Mission, Megan is excited to continue to share concerts with local nursing homes and healthcare facilities. A Massachusetts native, Megan currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, where she is pursuing her Masters of Music at Carnegie Mellon University with renowned soprano, Maria Spacagna. Recently, Megan was recognized as a 2022 winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Artist Division. She was also thrilled to be a 2022 Leslie Fleischner Young Artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera and enjoyed performing scenes as Gilda (Rigoletto), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette). Additionally, Megan is excited to be cast as Fiordiligi (Cosí fan Tutte) in CMU Opera's 2023 season. A graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Megan earned her Bachelor of Music with Distinction and Outstanding Achievement in Voice. Notable performance credits include Cendrillon in Viardot’s Cendrillon (Carnegie Mellon Opera), Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid & the Thief (Opera McGill), and Mrs. Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene (Opera McGill). Megan is eager to pursue nursing/pre-med studies in the future, and can be found studying an anatomy textbook when not embedded in a musical score. She has completed extensive coursework (dissections, included!) alongside her musical studies at McGill University, Harvard Extension School, and now, at CMU. Megan looks forward to continuing to integrate her two passions, and hopes that her musical performances inspire a space of healing.

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Flute

Claire Gunsbury

Passionate about new music, community engagement, and curious about the various ways music can function in society, Claire Gunsbury is a performing flutist and teacher. Born and raised in Minnesota, she is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Lorna McGhee. Claire graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Bachelor of Music in Musicology, and Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship. She also holds a Certificate in Performing Arts Medicine from the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Claire’s work as a flutist and scholar is quite versatile, reaching from the realms of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s musical philosophy to writing and recording personal lullabies through the Colorado Lullaby Project.

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Flute

Vanessa Lopez       vanessalopezflute.com

Vanessa is a Latinx flutist with a strong passion for performing and music education equity. She most recently won the 2020 Beverly Hills National Auditions, and was a 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition semi-finalist. As a first-generation college graduate from California’s central valley, Vanessa understands the importance of providing access to music education for all. She is a firm believer that her own education and success is a result of the organizations and individuals who made music available to her, and she feels the imperative to provide that same opportunity to others. While living in Los Angeles for her undergrad, she especially enjoyed working with students and the community through UCLA outreach fellowships, including the Music Partnership Program and Gluck Woodwind Quintet, as well as working as a Teaching Artist with Harmony Project. She is pursuing her M.M. in Flute Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studies with Alberto Almarza, and previously graduated from UCLA with her B.A. in Music Performance and minor in Mathematics. Her other primary teachers include Denis and Erin Bouriakov, Diana Morgan, Sheridon Stokes, and Dr. Jeannine Dennis.

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Piano

Henry Liu

Henry is a senior piano performance major at Carnegie Mellon University studying under Professor Dimitri Papadimitriou. He has been performing across the east coast since he was 15 years old, at venues such as the Weill recital hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City. He is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary ensemble, and has performed with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic as well. Currently active as both a chamber musician and soloist, he intends to pursue his music career within the city of Pittsburgh, as well as continue to perform at local venues.

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Accordion

Frank Pusateri

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!

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Piano

Jacob Ujhazy

Jacob is a University of Pittsburgh Class of 2023 student majoring in Neuroscience and History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. Jacob was a 2018 Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Winner, a two-time 2017 and 2019 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) All-State Pianist, and a 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-National Pianist.

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Double Bass

Sruti Bapatla

Sruti is a second year double bass performance major through the BXA program at Carnegie Mellon University, studying under Micah Howard. She has been participating in various state and national orchestras since childhood, and is interested in classical, jazz, and traditional Indian music. She is especially passionate about chamber music, and is currently working with rising composers to combine traditional elements of classical and jazz music with unconventional instrumentation. She is the bassist for the jazz quartet Fourth Grade Sweethearts, who have performed in numerous venues across the tri-state area. Apart from playing music, her interests include biomedical engineering, luthiery, and surgical robotics. She is looking forward to working with many talented musicians in the future, and further exploring the Pittsburgh music scene!

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Piano

Michael Hammer

Michael earned his Bachelors of Musical Arts in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where his teachers included Robert McDonald, Marian Hahn, and Leon Fleischer. As a pianist he has appeared in recital from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the National Recital Hall in Taipei. The winner of several piano competitions, he has also appeared with orchestras and as accompanist, sometimes premiering new works. After graduate school he turned his attention to the organ; recent concerts in the Pittsburgh area include Heinz Chapel in May and November of 2018, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul Cathedral. He is the organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside.

Rosemary Pavlovsky

Soprano

Rosemary Pavlovsky

Rosemary has been featured with such groups as Undercroft Opera, The Pittsburgh Savoyards, Tuesday Musical Club, The Austrian American Cultural Society and the Crittenden Opera Studio in Washington, D.C. Her operatic credits include Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Micaëla in Carmen (in concert), Stella and Antonia/Giulietta (cover - scenes performed) in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Celestial Voice in Don Carlo and Lady Ella in Patience. Favorite partial roles include Princess Eudoxie in La Juive, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and the title roles in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Semiramide. Ms. Pavlovsky is an alumna of the prestigious AIMS in Graz opera studio and has since returned to Austria as a featured recitalist at Schloss Greillenstein in Horn with pianist Pierre El-Doueihi. In the United States, 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 under the baton of John Collins. As a sacred soloist, she has performed the soprano solos in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Schubert's Mass in G. Ms. Pavlovsky received her BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She is a frequent soloist with various churches in the Pittsburgh area where she has performed with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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Violin

Brian Curtin

Brian is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, currently studying with Professor Andres Cardenes. He has won several competitions including the Duquesne Young Artist National Competition, Williamsport Young Artist competition, Nittany Valley Young Artist Competition, and various others. He has soloed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony orchestra, and twice with the Centre Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, where he played as concertmaster for a year. Brian has also performed as a section violinist in Resonance Works (opera), the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. He attended the Tanglewood String Quartet Workshop 3 years in a row with merit scholarships, the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival twice in a row, and the Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves international chamber festival in Bordeaux, France. He has played for master classes for James Ehnes, Nicola Benedetti, and Gary Levinson. Recently he won first place in the Tuesday Music Club Scholarship Competition.

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