UniSound aims to create a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable youth music ecosystem in the greater Pittsburgh area through building an alliance of organizations which provide music education and performance opportunities for youth.
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Linda Addlespurger has been the director of Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, East Liberty Presbyterian Church’s after-school and Saturday arts education outreach program, since 2002. Under her leadership, the program has grown to serve over 350 students and their families a year, providing them a safe, affirming environment to study music, dance, and theater. Her passion for the arts as a vehicle to create a more compassionate, just and vibrant community has informed Hope Academy’s diversity and equity initiatives. Addlespurger graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English and Psychology and worked in New York as a writer and editor (Glamour) and production coordinator (Saturday Night Live), as well as freelance work in television and film production.
Mary Navarro has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a grantmaker, executive manager and college professor, with particular expertise in the arts and culture, public art, design, community development and environment sectors. In 2009 she founded her consulting practice and provides strategic planning, meeting facilitation, research, project management and training for a range of local and national clients. Mary draws on 20 years of experience as a senior program officer at The Heinz Endowments to provide expertise and assistance to her clients. Mary’s work covered a broad range of activities including visual and performing arts, public art, architecture, and design. She developed and managed the Small Arts Initiative and worked with many mid-sized organizations, helping them to develop their artistic potential, leadership capacity and facility options. Mary received a master’s in public management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, and a bachelor’s in urban studies from Bradford College. She currently serves on the City Of Pittsburgh’s PGHArts committee and chairs the Sports and Exhibition Authority’s Art Committee. For a complete client list please visit the website marynavarro.com
Lindsey Nova is the Executive Director of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras [TRYPO]. Under her leadership, TRYPO has dramatically expanded its program offerings, tripled annual student enrollment, and exponentially increased audience reach. After earning her Bachelor’s of Music Performance in French Horn from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in French from the University of Rochester, Nova was guest lecturer at the Université de Rennes II (France) and later earned a Master’s of Music Performance in French Horn from the University of Utah. Nova has a firm foundation in administration of both vocal and instrumental classical music: Following various types of work in administration, editorial work, and conventions for Classical Singer Magazine, Nova was the Director of Operations for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, prior to moving to Pittsburgh with her husband James, who is the second/utility trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she serves on the New Leadership Council of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Arts Advisory Council of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as on the boards of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and the League of American Orchestras Youth Orchestra Division.
Kendra Ross (ACT3 Consulting Partners, LLC/Partner) is an award-winning cultural worker and social entrepreneur who is passionate about the nexus between artistic practice, arts advocacy, business, scholarship, and social justice. For nearly 20 years she has been a music business professional, coordinating and managing record label operations at a top global music corporation. She’s also spent 15+ years writing, recording and performing music as a solo artist and in collaboration with other celebrated artists. When not on stage or in the boardroom, Kendra is a community engagement consultant, arts advocate, and cultural organizer in Pittsburgh. She is also a doctoral candidate in Community Engagement at Point Park University where she also teaches courses in the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management program. For more information, go to kendraross.com and act3cp.com
Thomas “Tommy” Walters
Thomas “Tommy” Walters is the Executive Director of Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA. He began working at Sweetwater in 2017 as the Director of Education Programs and was appointed to his current role in 2018. Prior to joining Sweetwater, he worked as a group travel and logistics planner, where he planned concerts and performances for student music groups across the country. Tommy previously served as the Director of Education Programs at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He studied music and business at Westminster College (PA) and has taught private, classical piano lessons for over ten years. Currently, he serves as an active member of the Board of Directors for the Union Aid Society of Sewickley, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, UniSound, and the Sewickley Nonprofit Consortium. Tommy resides in Fineview on Pittsburgh’s North Side, with his partner Marshall Stewart and their two chocolate Labradors, Bruce Wayne and Sweet Georgia Brown.
UniSound is a collaborative project administered by Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras [TRYPO]. Please note, any organization offering music programs for children in the greater Pittsburgh area may join the directory. Inclusion not does imply program endorsement.