Students at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg who are participating in the campus’ voice and piano program will perform in a recital on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Pitt-Greensburg’s programs in Voice and Piano offer, to any student, the opportunity to start or continue their vocal or piano studies through an intensive, one-on-one, entirely individualized weekly lesson. These lessons challenge students to hone their technical and musical skills using a variety of methods, repertoire, and experiences. As a supplement to weekly lessons, students participate in studio classes throughout the semester to share their progress with fellow studio members and to prepare themselves for the Studio Recital at the conclusion of each semester. The studio strives to turn musically inclined students into competent and capable musicians who possess the ability and confidence to be active artists in their community and to lead a life steeped in music. Admittance into these studio is based on available slots and the results of an audition and interview with the instructor.
Cynthia Ortiz and Matt Klumpp are instructors in the voice and piano program.
Cynthia Ortiz, soprano, teaches voice and music theory at Pitt-Greensburg and works closely with the voice students. She is an active voice teacher and performer as both classical and jazz singer, currently living in the Pittsburgh area. Ortiz, a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance at West Virginia University, has performed as a featured artist in the campus’ Joan Chambers Concert Series. In Western Pennsylvania, she has performed and covered the role of Maurya in “Riders to the Sea” by Vaughan Williams with Microscopic Opera of Pittsburgh. She has sung as core member and soloist with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh as well as for the Friday Evening Music Club. Oritz has also performed in Barcelona, Spain, for the Barcelona Festival of Song, and in Alamos, Mexico for the Ortiz-Tirado Music Festival.
Matt Klumpp earned his Bachelor of Music Education (2007) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Performance with an Emphasis in Collaborative Piano (2012) from Duquesne University. Currently he serves as a piano teacher for Bentley and Romito Professional Music Lessons in Irwin, PA, music director for Delmont Presbyterian Church, and adjunct instructor of piano at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Klumpp has enjoyed a successful playing career in both the classical and jazz genres, including performances with the Westmoreland Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, Opera Ignite, vocalist Gary Racan and trombonist Harold Betters.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 29 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Nursing, Healthcare Management, Public Policy, and Education, as well as 24 minors and five certificate programs. With nearly 1,500 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st century liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is a five-minute drive from uptown Greensburg’s coffee shops, restaurants, art museums, theatres and boutiques and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.