SING SING SING! In-Studio Pittsburgh Music Lessons
To ensure that EVERY student is able to partake in the joyful journey of music, we offer voice, guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele lessons with exceptionally trained and passionate educators. Our philosophy is to meet the student where they are, find joy in every lesson, and to foster and develop lifelong musicianship and personal development. We are committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment for all of our students, regardless of skill level or prior experience.
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 8 years and welcomes all ages and abilities.
Mark Strictland started playing guitar in 1964 and began playing in Rock n Roll bands in the 60’s and 70’s and started playing Jazz in the late 60’s. He has played with celebrated local Jazz artists Grady Tate, Gerald Wilson, Gene Ludwig, Pete Henderson ,Rodger Humphries, Spencer Bey, Rabbit Barnes, Dewayne Dolphin , and Tania Grubbs He is a featured guitarist on several recordings including artists Michele Bensen , Jessica Lee , and Gene Ludwig. Mark currently plays professionally in the Pittsburgh area at James Street, the Rivers club, and many more.
Mara Flannery was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, and has been involved in music based activities since writing her first song- “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Bonessa” (we still don’t know what it means to this day). 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. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2017, and completed her music therapy internship at Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2018. She is now a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). When Mara moved back to the Pittsburgh area, she interviewed at 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. In private lessons and classes, Mara hopes to foster an atmosphere of acceptance so that students feel that they can truly be themselves, and find their own unique sound. Since joining the Sing Sing Sing! family, Mara has helped the company set up a non-profit called Sing Sing Give! that provides free music activities and Music Therapy to groups in the Pittsburgh area. Mara is very happy to have just celebrated her two year anniversary with Sing Sing Sing! and is excited to help spread it‘s message around the world. Keep singing!
Chase Alexander Upchurch, tenor, is an educator, performer, and composer located in the greater Pittsburgh area. Chase graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Music Education, and also pursued graduate studies in music at Youngstown State University. In his professional work, Chase teaches voice and piano at Sing Sing Sing!, provides Eurhythmics and voice instruction at Duquesne University’s City Music Center, and works as the Director of Music at Hope Lutheran Church in Cranberry, PA.
Emmeline Jones is a recent graduate from 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. Emmeline is thrilled to be able to share her joy for music, dance, and theatre with the next generation at Sing Sing Sing!
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.’
Lauren Nicole Faber, soprano, graduated summa cum laude from Westminster College with degrees in both Vocal Performance and Communications, and is a recent graduate from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music with her Masters in Vocal Performance. During her tenure at YSU, Lauren was a Graduate Assistant where she helped coach undergraduate voice students, assist in the teaching of music classes, and manage opera productions. Additionally, she has been teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and beginner guitar for over 4 years, and is a dance instructor at Premier Dance Academy in Warrendale, PA.