Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence Program

Read all about the newest Black Teaching Artists-In-Residence in our latest press release here!

Learn About UniSound’s Next BTARs

Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence 2021

Dr. Zuly Inirio is a  Dominican-American soprano who has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Inirio holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where she was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL where she was also a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship.

Black Teaching Artist-In-Residence 2021

Anita Levels is a self-taught vocal artist, songwriter, and producer who began singing at the age of 3 years old in Frankfurt, West Germany. Being a preacher’s kid and a member of a musical family from New Orleans, Levels had the arts in her blood. In 2001, she toured the country of Holland as the director and founder of the Carlow College Gospel choir of the time, called “Blessed,” with the internationally recognized ethnomusicologist, Dr. Portia Maultsby. Levels is a mother of two who holds a Master of Science in Training and Development from Carlow University.



These selected artists will begin their term with UniSound starting on November 1, 2021 and end on June 30, 2022, for a period of nine 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. There will also be opportunities to work with local schools and organizations which will pay $200 per event (with a limit of five events per BTAR).

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact us at

New Sun Rising and the Arts l Equity l Reimagined Fund

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