Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo performs extensively as a soloist, a professional accompanying pianist (specializing in saxophone and string repertoire), and a chamber music collaborator. She has been a guest soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with various orchestras throughout the United States. She is an Associate Professor at Westminster College, School of Music in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she is Head of the Piano Area. She teaches applied piano, vocal and instrumental accompanying and coaching, piano techniques courses, music history and is also an advisor for senior capstone documents. She has also served as the Chair of the School of Music.
Nancy DeSalvo completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University in Collaborative Piano Performance, where she was a student of Anne Epperson. She and baritone singer Jason Fuh captured First Prize for their performance of Four Claudal Poems in the Darius Milhaud Performance Auditions held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. DeSalvo also received the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award, given at the discretion of the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty to a Collaborative Piano major who has special aptitude for vocal accompanying and who exemplifies the important dual role of the profession – that of support, service and cooperation, balanced with professional skill and high standards of performance. Dr. DeSalvo received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Constance Keen and Artur Balsom. After completing the master’s degree she worked exclusively in the studio of renowned violin teacher Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music as a collaborative pianist. She also held the position of Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. Her debut CD, “Small Stones” released in February, 2018, features new piano works by Jason Howard and Daniel Perttu, both composers on the faculty at Westminster College School of Music.
Nancy Zipay DeSalvo was added to the Steinway Artist roster in 2002.
Cellist Katya Janpoladyan is a performer whose talents and musical passion extend beyond the stage. Audiences throughout the world have enjoyed her numerous studio albums, countless national and international performances, and live radio appearances. Ms. Janpoladyan is equally driven as an entrepreneur and pedagogue, spearheading several successful chamber music programs and preparing award-winning cello students for their lives in music.
Ms. Janpoladyan is currently the founder, Executive Director, and cellist of Kassia Ensemble, a non-profit organization. Kassia Ensemble is a chamber music group comprised exclusively of women which promotes women’s contribution to classical music. Kassia Ensemble strives to highlight the richness of women’s roles in music by programming works by female composers performed by female musicians. They are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and can often be heard broadcasting live on WQED, Pittsburgh’s classical music station. The talents and mission of the Kassia Ensemble have also been in demand in the recording studio. They are featured on the album, “Songs of Lake Volta” with composer and pianist Joseph Sheehan, who is an assistant professor at Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. Additionally, the Kassia Ensemble is featured on the soon-to-be released album, “Rêverie” with renowned Trumpet player, Mary Bowden.
Music has played a pivotal role in shaping Ms. Janpoladyan’s life. She endeavours to share her love of music and its transformative reach with others. She teaches several award-winning cello students and has studios throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory Department. Ms. Janpoladyan has cultivated several concerto competition winners for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic concerto competitions. A number of her students continued to study music in some of the most prestigious music schools in the world including Julliard School of Music, Rice University, Indiana University Bloomington, Northwestern University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. Her teaching prowess has garnered international demand and she has taught masterclasses in the U.S., China, and Chile.
Ms. Janpoladyan has also created programs to serve aspiring musicians in the Pittsburgh area. She founded the PYCO Summer Chamber Music Seminar and has served as its Artistic Director since its inception. The Summer Chamber Music Seminar pairs small groups of students with prominent artists and instructors of national and international renown. Through the tutelage of the acclaimed faculty, students learn how to mold their individual abilities beyond a formulaic curriculum. They also gain insight and experience into the practical aspects of the international musical landscape including entrepreneurship, programming, performing and networking.
An active performer, Ms. Janpoladyan is a former member of the award-winning SHELL Piano Trio of Armenia and a former member of the Baur String Quartet. In 2001, while she was a member of SHELL, the quartet won the 2001 Pierre Lantier International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, France. Ms. Janpoladyan has collaborated with artists such as Cyrus Forough, James Dunham, Yehuda Hanani, Ross Harbaugh, Awadagin Pratt, Piotr Milewsky and the Montclair Quartet. She has been featured as a soloist performing with the Yerevan Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata San Marco (NY), and the Mary Miller Dance Company. As a member of the Freya String Quartet, she has been a featured performer with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and was a cellist in residence with the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Born and raised in Armenia, Ms. Janpolayan began playing cello at the age of 11. She recalls hearing a student perform the Haydn Cello Concerto, and that was the moment she realized she was destined to become a cellist. Her dedication to the cello paved the way for her studies at the Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia. Here, Ms. Janpoladyan studied with renowned soloists, Medea Abramian and Zareh Sargissyan. Following her studies in Armenia, she was accepted into the performance program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of celebrated cello soloist, Yehuda Hanani. At the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Ms Janpoladyan earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance and will earn a Doctorate in Musical Arts upon the completion of her dissertation.
Ms. Janpoladyan is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her daughter, Maria, who loves ballet and is currently studying piano.
Elary Mede is a Soprano studying Voice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her love of singing started at a young age, singing in church and school choir. At her University, Elary has participated in many of the productions. Elary played Barbarina in the School’s production Le Nozze di Figaro as well as Johanna in Sweeney Todd. During her time in school, Elary has competed in both District and Regional NATS where she got first place in her category. Most recently Elary won the Butler Symphony Collegiate Concerto Competition and was able to perform the winning selections with the symphony. For the time being Elary is focused on her studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is excited for future performance opportunities.
Billie Jo Miller actively performs as a collaborative artist, teaches in the Piano and Vocal Departments at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA), and maintains a private piano studio in her home. She is a founding member of the Bell’Art Ensemble which produces the Living Room Chamber Music Series performed in people’s homes. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Illinois in Campaign-Urbana, where she studied with Ian Hobson, and earned her MM in Piano Performance at Carnegie Mellon University under Ralph Zitterbart and David Deveau. She has also studied under Ward Davenny in New Haven, CT, and appeared in masterclasses of Earl Wild.
Ms. Miller has served as a studio coach and accompanist at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music. She has performed with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and CMU faculty. She worked extensively with the violin studio of Cyrus Forough at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also served as a piano teacher at the CMU Preparatory School, where she taught group piano class as well as private lessons.
Currently she lives in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s North Side with her husband Mark and her two sons, Kobe and Malachi.
Tanya Satteson is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance, and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. She completed her post-secondary studies with Scott St. John, Gwen Hoebig, and Paul Kantor.
Ms. Satteson has attended numerous summer festivals including the Banff Centre for the Arts, Music Bridge Program, and Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival where she worked with many distinguished teachers including Steven Dann, Pinchas Zuckerman, Sally Thomas, Desmond Hoebig, Yehonathan Berick, and David Cerone. Ms. Satteson worked with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for four seasons, and was a member of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra for two seasons. She served as Assistant Concertmistress of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2006, and has worked with the Academy Chamber Orchestra in Pittsburgh. She currently serves as Concertmistress of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra– a position she was appointed to in 2013. She has appeared as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Butler County Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Satteson has won the Women’s Musical Club Competition of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba Concerto Competition, the Lawrence Genser Performance Competition, and the Young Artists Performance Competition. She has been awarded a first place standing and scholarship at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition three times. Ms. Satteson was the recipient of a generous grant from the Canada Arts Council in 2006.
Ms. Satteson enjoys performing chamber music, and has enjoyed collaborations with the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She joined the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra on their North American tour in 2008, and the group performed at six locations including Vancouver’s Orpheum Theater, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Satteson served as an early childhood music and violin faculty member at the Center for Young Musicians in Wexford, PA from 2007-2013. As a faculty member, she performed many solo community concerts and collaborated with her colleagues in chamber music performances. Ms. Satteson completed long-term Suzuki pedagogical training and a teaching practicum with Kimberly Meier-Sims, director of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Satteson has also served as a clinician for the Academy of Strings spring workshop in Tennessee, and at the University of Manitoba’s Preparatory Studies Division Suzuki workshop. She is passionate about giving children the gift of music education and maintains a home studio. She lives in Cranberry Twp with her husband Jason, and their sons Mylan and Ari.
Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “beautifully voiced singer-actor” and by Pittsburgh Magazine as “a mezzo-soprano/actress of striking voice,” Raquel Winnica Young is a finalist of the Vocal Art Song Discovery Series DC 2016 ,a two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, finalist of The American Prize (Art song and
oratorio) in 2018 and 2017, semifinalist of The American Prize 2016, and finalist of 2018 in the Chamber Music category of The American Prize with her Bell’Art ensemble. Equally comfortable performing early music, new music and chamber music, Ms. Winnica Young’s career has taken her to concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent performances include soloist with Il Sonar Parlante in Ferrara, Italy and solo performances at the International Baroque festival “Camino de las Estancias” in Córdoba, Argentina.
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Ms.Young holds a degree from the Instituto de Arte del Teatro Colon and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. She participated in the Oberlin Baroque Summer Institute, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Vancouver Early Music Festival and American Bach Soloists Academy. Ms.Winnica Young is a voice faculty at indiana University of Pennsylvania.