As a student at the Mary Pappert School of Music, you study with professors internationally acclaimed in their fields. Many of them, including those who are also members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, are GRAMMY Award-winning artists. Others have a variety of other distinguished awards and accolades to their names.

In addition to these fantastic musicians and teachers, you will have many opportunities to learn from some of the world's finest performers, composers, educators, and therapists. These are some of the incredible artists that students have learned from:

  • Bob Mintzer, jazz saxophonist
  • Eric Whitacre, composer
  • Jonathan Wolff, "That Seinfeld Music Guy" television music composer
  • Alan Parsons, recording engineer and keyboardist
  • John Holiday, countertenor
  • Jon Herington, guitarist for Steely Dan
  • David Gurwin, entertainment lawyer
  • Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone for the New York Philharmonic
  • Raymond Very, tenor
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts, jazz drummer
  • Barbara Nissman, concert pianist
  • John Adams, composer
  • Sir James MacMillan, conductor
  • Steve Vai, guitarist
  • Marcus Miller, bassist
  • Pat Metheny, guitarist and composer
  • Mike Williams, lead trumpet for the Count Basie Orchestra
  • Christopher Azzara, Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music
  • Elliot Scheiner, recording engineer
  • Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Events

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Guest Artist Recital: Susan Ferré, organ

Susan Ferré directs a non-profit, Music in the Great North Woods, sponsoring concerts...

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  • Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit
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Piano Master Class

Free and open to the public   Hailed as the “one of the last pianists...

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  • Mary Pappert School of Music
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