Use your outside voice … inside.
Explore your love of music as you follow a path to mastery in Voice in a program designed especially for developing young voices. Through Broadway and Disney vocal selections, you’ll be introduced to vocal technique, music theory and solfeggio in a warm, nurturing environment that emphasizes the fun and joy of learning. As you prepare for our spring Vocal concert, you’ll gain the confidence and self-awareness to let your own beautiful Voice ring out.
Voice (New Students, Ages 7 through High School)
Class placement is based on auditions. Contact The Center for audition times. Current students who have received voice placement should refer to their class recommendation evaluation.
Erin (Caldwell) Kesser
(B.A. Interdisciplinary Fine Arts – Voice, Theater, Dance and Piano – Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Before discovering her love for teaching the arts, Erin worked professionally as a performer. Holding active membership cards with Actor’s Equity (AEA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Recording Artists (AFTRA), she was versatile in appearing in all forms of media and theatre, ranging from national commercials to major motion pictures. After graduation from college she called NYC home for many years, performing in musicals, revues and classical theatre in between touring with shows and doing professional regional theatre all over the country. Since she did her first national commercial before she was four years old to today, she has stayed active in the business both performing and teaching at the CTA and through her private voice and audition coaching studio. She holds a B.A. In Interdisciplinary arts with major concentrations in Voice and Theatre and minors in Dance and Piano, and continues to strengthen her knowledge of the voice, particularly through adolescence.
She puts an enormous emphasis on vocal care and healthy execution, while encouraging students to be themselves, shine, have FUN and love every second of being their own unique and wonderful instrument!
Reach for the stars!!!!!
Jessica Mariotti Tomsic
(B.M., M.M. West Virginia University)
Jessica Mariotti Tomsic originally from Cleveland, Ohio, is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano, having earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from West Virginia University. She has performed professionally in many genres of music, from classical to Christian contemporary, musical theater to gospel, across the United States and in different venues in Europe. She especially enjoys learning new roles and developing new characters. In addition to performing, Jessica created a vocal curriculum for private and group study and maintains a studio. Many of her students have gone on to pursue singing as a career. She loves teaching at The CTA and helping students grow on their creative path!
(BHA Carnegie Mellon University – Drama, Music and Creative Writing, MAPW Masters in Professional Writing Carnegie Mellon University)
Vocal and Musical Theater
Lisa Marinacci recently returned home to Pittsburgh after performing, writing and producing in NYC, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She began working professionally at age 5 in role of Gretel in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s production of The Sound Of Music. She spent the next 15 years studying at The Center for Theater Arts and performing throughout Pittsburgh on stage and in commercials, and also alongside jazz guitarist Joe Negri as a featured singer at events such “Jazz for Juniors.” She went on to study drama, writing and music at Carnegie Mellon University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While living in NYC, Lisa traveled back and forth to Pittsburgh to co-produce her first album with Joe Negri titled “Waiting For Spring.” She went on to co-produce Snoopy, The Musical!!! in Hollywood, CA, also appearing as Peppermint Patty. During her time in Los Angeles, Lisa created the web series “Welcome to California!” and also began workshopping her original musical, The Devil And Daisy Jane, which received a professional workshop production in Hollywood and went on to win Stage Scene LA’s Best New Musical award. Lisa is ecstatic to be teaching at The Center – a place that always did and still feels like home.
Jennie Van Mastrigt
(Masters in Voice Performance, Boston University)
Jennie Van Mastrigt has been teaching voice and musical theater for the past 15 years. She received her Masters in Voice Performance from Boston University. Jennie has taught choir and voice at the high school and collegiate levels. Currently, Jennie teaches private voice, serves as director and musical director at the Grand Theater in Elizabeth, and is music director at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. She has taught musical theater and been a voice accompanist at The Center for Theater Arts for the past 10 years. Jennie taught private voice at Point Park University for 5 years and served as music director for several high school musicals. When she lived in Boston, her high school choir performed at Carnegie Hall. Following their performance, the choir was asked to perform at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. They performed at several venues during the 2000 Olympics. Jennie is looking forward to another exciting year at The Center.
(B.Mus. Duquesne University)
Accompanist: Voice and Musical Theater
Pittsburgh native, Alex Robertson, has been an active music director and accompanist in the Pittsburgh area since 2007. He has musically directed productions for South Allegheny High School for the past three years. As a touring musician and songwriter, Alex has performed to audiences across the country and been featured in the Vans Warped Tour. His music can be heard on Spotify,105.9 The X, Kerrang Radio (U.K) and Root Sports Pittsburgh.
(B.Mus., Piano Performance Duquesne University)
Voice and Musical Theater
Skylar Bunk is a pianist, conductor, and educator working in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Studies at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. His graduate work also includes a secondary concentration in Choral Conducting and research emphasis in Embodied Music Cognition. Additionally, he is studying at
Carnegie Mellon’s Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and is a candidate for the Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, as well as a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. As an educator, Skylar has served in a variety of capacities. He has worked extensively with preschool students and collegiate music majors, has taught piano in both private and classroom settings, and coached vocalists in a wide range of styles. From behind the podium to the front of the classroom, Skylar’s teaching is greatly influenced by his work in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and cognition research. He has performed a diverse span of repertoire in both solo and collaborative settings