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 Guest Artist Events

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Guest Artist Master Class: Ryan Beach, trumpet

Ryan Beach is a performer, practice coach, podcaster, and content creator whose mission...

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Guest Artist Performance: Bridges Saxophone Quartet

The Bridges Saxophone Quartet is a fresh new chamber ensemble comprised...

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Guest Artist Recital: Sidney King, bass & Stephen Mattingly, guitar

Stephen Mattingly – guitarist, has been warmly received by audiences in the...

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Guest Artist Master Class: Tony Baker, trombone

Considered one of the finest trombonists of his generation, Tony Baker is currently...

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Master Class - Yeeha Chiu, piano

A Steinway Artist, Yeeha Chiu, Hong Kong-born pianist, studied with Ilona Kabos, Bela...

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