The Black Teaching Artists-In-Residence (BTARs) will serve as thought partners with UniSound and its member organizations towards furthering their mission of creating a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable youth music ecosystem in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
BRITTANY TROTTER, FLUTIST
Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence 2021
An active performer and educator, Dr. Brittany Trotter has appeared as a guest clinician, soloist, orchestral and collaborative musician throughout the United States. She serves on the faculty of Dickinson College and West Virginia Wesleyan College as Instructor of Flute. She also serves on the musicianship faculty at Duquesne University, where she instructs a course in the history of hip hop. As primary and secondary music educator, she maintains a vibrant private traditional and Suzuki flute studio in the greater Pittsburgh area and teaches beginner woodwinds at Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.
Recipient of the NFA’s 2020 Graduate Research Competition, Brittany continues to actively research and explore creative forms of musical hybrid-ity in her teaching and performance. Equally committed to the advocacy of music education and community engagement, she engages with young musicians through her position as Flute Teaching Artist at Hope Academy of Music and Art and as the program coordinator for the Guardians of Sound’s Hip Hop Orchestra Summer Music Camp. She is also actively involved in the nonprofit sector serving as the publicity chair for Flute New Music Consortium and serves as the Junior Soloist Competition Coordinator for the National Flute Association.
Brittany holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a certificate in University Teaching from West Virginia University. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming and a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her former teachers include Nina Assimakopoulous, Dr. Nicole Riner, and Dr. Danilo Mezzadri.
Outside her professional performing and teaching life, she enjoys running, crafting, and reading.
LYN STARR, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence 2021
Lyn has been studying music since he was ten years old, starting with jazz music at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood and then moving toward classical music while attending Rogers CAPA Middle School and CAPA High school. Continuing to hone his classical music skills, around 15 years old, he fell in love with being a rapper and decided that was the career path that he would choose. At 17, he started his own music label, High Five Productions. Hip Hop remained a primary interest, along with classical music, as he attended Seton Hill University as a vocal performance major, graduating in 2018. This diverse background has provided a platform to perform operas, musicals, solo recitals, solo Hip Hop shows, and more. Combining his writing abilities as a rapper and his classical voice training, Lyn now continues his vocal music journey with R&B music.
Lyn’s teaching artist career began with the Alumni Theater Company of Pittsburgh as a Hip Hop writing instructor in 2015. Since then, he has taught voice lessons, music writing workshops, music theory, story writing workshops, “How to Rap” courses, Hip Hop history, general music history, opera workshops, acting workshops, Hip Hop masterclasses, and many other courses to students aged 3 to 50+. His main teaching methods include cooperative learning, active learning, inquiry-based learning, and direct instruction. His main goal as a teaching artist is to remain as flexible as possible and incorporate as many teaching strategies as possible in order to effectively teach a variety of concepts to a variety of students.
ABOUT THE BTAR PROGRAM
These selected artists will begin their term with UniSound starting on February 1, 2021 and end on August 31, 2021, for a period of seven months. In addition to engaging with UniSound and its partners throughout the residency, the BTARs will present a culminating project (i.e. workshop, recital, talk, etc.) of their choosing at the end of the residency period.
Program Alignment with Organization Mission and Goals
The BTAR program will allow the selected Black teaching artist to build mutually beneficial relationships with UniSound members and partners that will:
- Cultivate a cadre of new culturally and musically diverse collaborations among teaching artists, students and youth music organizations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region
- Introduce disparate approaches to repertoire development and musical pedagogy beyond the traditional Eurocentric canon to UniSound members and partners
- Provide professional development support and additional income-generating
opportunities for traditionally under-supported Black teaching artists in the Greater Pittsburgh region
- Expose the Black teaching artist’s current student roster to a larger pool of music education and performance opportunities. Therefore, demonstrating UniSound’s commitment to making music programming more equitable and accessible to families and youth throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region
Each BTAR will receives a monthly stipend of $1,000 for their participation in the program. Additionally, the BTAR will receive opportunities for professional mentorship, networking, and up to $2,000 in additional resources towards developing their artistic practice and career.
If you have any questions about the program or these artists, please contact us at BTAR@unisound.us.