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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE, NURTURE, AND EMPOWER.

Sing Sing Sing! came to life when the stars aligned bringing 2 kindred spirits together through the joy of singing. Recognizing, and bonding over, the empowering, magical impacts singing had on our own lives, we formed a strong belief that everyone CAN and SHOULD sing. Why? Because everyone deserves to feel this kind of empowerment. It can be life changing!

This belief led to the creation of Sing Sing Sing!, a magical place that provides empowering experiences, education and opportunities through singing and music. We invite you to join us and

Grab Life By the Mic!™️

Jacki Smathers

Co-Founder/CEO

MEET OUR TEAM

SAMANTHA CHRISTOU

SING SING SING STUDIO MANAGER
VOICE & ACTING

Samantha Christou is a graduate from Slippery Rock University with a BA in Music with a specialization in vocal performance. She attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA where she studied musical theater. She has performed in musicals for Pittsburgh Savoyards, Comtra Theatre, and The Red Barn Players. Some of her musical theater credits include ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change,’ and ‘Pirates of Penzance.’ She has also had the opportunity to perform in several operas during her time at SRU. Her opera credits include ‘The Old Maid and the Thief,’ and ‘Dido and Aeneas.’ In addition to teaching voice, Sam is also the Manager of both SSS locations.

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MARA FLANNERY

SING SING SING PERFORMANCE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
VOICE 

Mara Flannery was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and has been involved in music based activities her entire life. She became involved in musical theater in middle school and high school, and decided to pursue music as a career. She attended Slippery Rock University as a Voice Major where she discovered Music Therapy. This new career path joined her two loves, music and helping others. Upon graduating from Slippery Rock University in 2017, she completed her music therapy internship at Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2018 and soon after became a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). When Mara moved back to the Pittsburgh area, she found Sing Sing Sing! and immediately felt at home. She identifies very strongly with Sing Sing Sing’s message that music and singing are for everyone, and that it‘s purpose is to bring joy, expression, and release into our lives. Mara teaches private lessons for voice and is also the Performance Group Director at both the Bakerstown and Wexford locations. Whether in private lessons, performance group rehearsals, or at SSS Shows, Mara hopes to foster an atmosphere of community, joy and growth so that students feel that they can truly be themselves, and find their own unique sound.  Keep singing!

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MACHAELA DANKO

DRUM & PIANO

Machaela Danko is a pianist, percussionist, vocalist and actress from Ellwood City, PA. She has been private teaching in the New Wilmington area since she began her piano performance studies at Westminster College in 2018. Machaela has had a deep connection to all types of music since she was very young and has been involved with groups of all genres throughout the years as a pianist, drummer, and vocalist including musical theatre, jazz, pop, alternative, and classical. Her goal for her students are to meet their individual needs and wants as musicians and artists while giving them the tools to maintain good technique and providing them with an in-depth understanding of music theory. The most important thing to Machaela is that her students never lose their passion for music and that they have a blast while learning about it.

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EMMELINE JONES

VOICE, PIANO & ACTING

Emmeline Jones is a graduate of Point Park University where she currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Musical Theatre. Originally from Southern Maryland, Emmeline moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend college and has since made the city her new home. Aside from her background in theatre and dance, her love for music began as a young child when she began studying classical violin and piano. She has performed in Pittsburgh at The Pittsburgh Playhouse and with Stage 62, as well as with theatres in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. jkmj  Emmeline is thrilled to be able to share her joy for music, dance, and theatre with the next generation at Sing Sing Sing! Emmeline teachers voice, piano and acting at SSS.

In addition to teaching private lessons, Emmeline teaches several of our Performance Groups and is responsible for the choreography across the Performance Group Program.

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MICHAEL COOK

GUITAR, SONGWRITING & BASS

Michael Cook is a seasoned musician with professional guitar and vocal training and performance skills. Michael has been studying and performing music since the age of seven and has studied under many different private vocal and instrumental teachers, including the highly sought after vocal coach, Robert Fire. Michael has performed in various local, district, regional and community bands and choirs. He was president of his high school band and choirs where he received The Music Choral Award for Excellence.

In addition to his guitar and vocal skills, Mike is skilled at playing many other instruments, including brass, woodwinds, percussion, and various string instruments. He has appeared in many stage productions and musicals, and also sings professionally with the The Gibbons Big Band and leads a band called The Forest Floor. With the Forest Floor, Mike has been working on a full-length album of his original music, with two singles already released on streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Pandora, YouTube and more.

In his lessons Mike hopes to inspire a love of music, through creating a relaxed, fun, and open environment that leads all students to experience confidence, successful progress, and joyful self-expression.

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LACEY OVERHOLT

VOICE & UKULELE

Lacey Overholt has performed professionally in and around the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years! She was notably mentioned in Pittsburgh’s Best of Theater in 2015 for her portrayal of Ariel in 'Disney’s the Little Mermaid' and proved her versatility in City Paper’s 2018 Best Musical Production of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' with her portrayal of Yitzhak alongside 'RuPaul’s Drag Show' star Mimi Imfurst. Lacey holds a BA with a concentration in Theatre Arts awarded from Point Park University in 2007. She is a master of adaptability and has used her skills to thrive in various facets of the performance art scene from wedding singing, corporate event bands and princess parties to theatre arts instruction, direction, choreographing and stage managing. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for the arts with aspiring artists of all ages, creating lasting memories and solid foundations. Her grounded and practical yet professional approach to the performance realm translates well through her instruction and aids in student self discovery. Lacey is also a proud mother of three, a self-proclaimed songwriter and a certified yoga instructor.

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ZACH STADTLANDER

GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE and Recording

Zach Stadtlander is an experienced musician with years of training in guitar, bass, singing, and music technology. He has studied and performed music since the age of eleven. Zach joined his first band, Nox Boys, playing bass guitar at age sixteen and began performing professionally, which led to invaluable experience in live performance and in the process of writing, arranging, recording, and publishing full quality studio recordings. As a young musician, Zach worked to provide all-ages spaces to share the talents of other musicians in his age group. In high school, he participated in AP music theory, choir, and was elected president of the school club that organized individual and ensemble showcases for students who specialized in contemporary, pop, and rock music. Zach was twice certified in the  "Tuff Sound Apprenticeship" program, which teaches students about the process of recording, mixing, live sound reinforcement, and electronic composition. He also studied music technology, guitar performance, and choir at Duquesne University. With his lessons, Zach aims to inspire passion for music and performance by working with students to discover the scope of their musical interests. With a relaxed yet engaging style, Zach will have students looking forward to lessons and ready to rock!

Kaitlynn Sinclair

PIANO

Kaitlynn Sinclair has a BA in Music and an MA in Performance: Piano Pedagogy. She plans to pursue a Doctorate in Vocal Coaching! Her solo performances include degree recitals, seminars, piano festivals, and charity concerts she has organized. Kait also loves accompanying voice students and musicals. She has been teaching for over 10 years and welcomes all ages and abilities.

In addition to teaching private lessons, Kait is the Director of Piano Curriculum at SSS.

MICAYLA REYNOLDS

VOICE, PIANO & GUITAR

New to the Pittsburgh area, Micayla Reynolds recently graduated from the University of Miami with a double major in music therapy and psychology. Growing up with a voice and piano teacher for a mother, Micayla’s passion and pursuit of music was fostered from a very early age. Micayla is classically and contemporarily trained in voice and piano, and plays the guitar, ukulele, and clarinet as well! She believes in teaching fundamental music concepts in her lessons while incorporating contemporary performance techniques and goals desired by the student. Learning music is a different experience for everyone, and Micayla works with her students to guide them along their unique musical journey!

ALESSANDRA GABBIANELLI

VOICE

Alessandra Gabbianelli is a Dramatic Coloratura Soprano from the Pittsburgh area. She has her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and her master’s degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Up until recently, she was performing and teaching in the Philadelphia area. As part of the symphonic choir for the Philadelphia Symphony, she performed numerous times at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA with the award-winning Philadelphia symphony. She made her professional operatic debut in 2014 as The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Her students have been in musicals, performed on Broadway, won competitions, and have gone on to study music in college. She is known for teaching a good foundational technique that is a safe, healthy, and a sustainable way to sing. She specializes in adapting this technique for Broadway and Classical styles of singing, but is also known for adapting this technique for all genres of music.

LYNEA CSEFALVAY

VOICE

Lynea Csefalvay is a soprano from Pittsburgh who received her B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University. While at Duquesne, she was a member of opera workshop under Meghan DeWald and Xiu-ru Liu. Credits include Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica), Polissena (Radamisto) at Miami Music Festival, Dalinda (Ariodante), Mrs Gobineau (The Medium), and First Lady/First Spirit (Magic Flute) in an English production at the William Lewis School of Opera. As an undergraduate, she performed at the Bologna International Opera Academy in Bologna, Italy where she performed in masterclasses and sang in two performances for the public. She has also performed in scenes from Orfeo ed Euridice, La Clamenza di Tito, Street Scene, The Ghost of Versailles, and Little Women. Lynea is a versatile performer and in addition to opera, she loves singing musical theater and pop music. She wants to continue expanding her repertoire. She performs around the Pittsburgh area in local churches, weddings, funerals, and other events.

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RICHARD BRESENHAN

VOICE

Richard Bresenhan has always had a love for singing and for the awesomeness of vocal harmonies.  His love and passion for music led him to attend Edinboro University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance.

Rich loves to sing and continues to do so whenever he can.  He has performed with the Voices of Liberty and the Dapper Dans at Walt Disney World in Florida.  He was also the lead singer for the national touring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute Band, where he wrote the vocal arrangements and also coached the group.  For the past 15 years Rich has been the Vocal Director and Worship Leader at the University Carillon Church in Oviedo, Florida, where he utilized his skills as a performer to help train singers to lead worship and provide harmonies for services. When not performing or vocal coaching, Rich enjoys arranging music for contemporary worship singers, vocal groups, and other ensembles.

In addition to teaching voice at Sing Sing Sing!, Rich is also the Director of SSS’s adult performance groups, the YOLOS and Dudes That Sing (DTS).

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Patricia Reavel

VOICE

Patricia Reavel moved back to the Pittsburgh area in December, 2022, and is delighted to join the staff as a piano instructor at Sing Sing Sing! Patti earned her Master’s degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and has taught piano for over 30 years. She is also a church musician, choir director, singer and piano accompanist. In her free time Patti loves walking her dogs and spending time in the summer in her house by the lake in Erie, Pa.