Music Teacher Bio Page


brian smith Brian Smith – Beginning to Advanced Guitar & Recording Engineer.

Brian is a 2013 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania’s Commercial Music Technology major. There, he studied guitar performance and jazz theory under Duquesne’s own Ken Karsh, and commercial arranging with Pittsburgh’s Ralph Guzzi. He also studied piano, performed with Cal-U’s guitar ensemble, jazz & big band ensemble, and choir band. As a part of the CMT curriculum, he is fluent in the recording arts, certified in Sibelius 7, and user certified by Avid’s ProTools 11, the industry standard in recording technology. Brian is versatile in a wide variety of genres including: classical & instrumental, blues, jazz, rock, fusion, hard rock, and metal. Brian is very active as a freelance guitarist and recording engineer. He has performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, shared the stage with saxophonist Curtis Johnson (Aretha Franklin), interned with Grammy winning engineer Dino DiStefano, recorded at Ocean Ways studio in Nashville, TN; and contributed in musicals, solo performances, and events at Cal-U’s campus. Brian has also recorded a number of independent albums from rap and jazz to blues and metal. He frequently plays shows with his progressive rock band and has performed at many of Pittsburgh’s notable clubs & venues.

Rob BrowellRob Browell – Drums & Percussion

Rob is a long-time resident of Peters Township. Growing up in Baldwin, Rob began playing percussion professionally for various musical theater groups and ensembles around the Pittsburgh area at sixteen. He then attended Penn State University for art education and taught for twelve years earning his master’s degree and principal’s certification. He has instructed marching band drumlines and competitive indoor percussion ensembles that have garnished national recognition. Rob’s emphasis is not only on the technical aspects of playing drums, but also to expose students to the universal impact percussion has on music and its diverse implementation in all cultures.

Jon KleinJonathan Klein – Beg to Inter Drums and Percussion, Beg Guitar & Recording Engineer

Jonathan Klein is a freelance musician, is a live and studio audio engineer and music instructor at David’s Music House. A recent graduate of California University of PA’s Commercial Music Technology course, Jon has been involved in music since 1985 when he began taking lessons in trumpet and many other instruments, and has been playing his main instrument, drums and percussion since 1998.

At Cal U he studied drums and percussion under Jan Fung, percussionist with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, as well as commercial arranging under Ralph Guzzi of Pittsburgh. Jonathan has performed with several Cal U ensembles including the jazz and big band, choir and the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Randy Tillmutt, a Fredrick Douglas Fellow from Jamaica. Jonathan enjoys playing drums in many styles including blues, jazz, rock, hard rock, punk and funk.

He teaches mallet percussion (xylophone, marimba, bells, etc.), which covers technique and repertoire for classical, ragtime, jazz and contemporary styles.

jennifer searlesJennifer Searles – Low Brass, Low Woodwinds, Beginning Piano & Voice

Jennifer Searles is excited to be a brass instructor at David’s Music House! As a trombonist primarily, she performed with the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the Marching Band at Bethel Park High School. She was also in the Concert Choir and Top 21 audition choir before graduating in 2011. She then attended Duquesne University, where she got her B.S. in Music Education in 2015. While there, she was a part of the Symphony Band, as well as the Jazz Ensemble. She student taught in within the Washington School District doing elementary general music, 4th and 5th grade choir, and the bands for the entire district. She is a member of PMEA and NAfME, and she currently holds her teaching certificate in Music K-12. She is the Assistant Marching Band Director and Low Brass/ Low Woodwind specialist at the Carlynton School District, where she has enjoyed working with the students there since 2013. Jennifer is honored to become part of the DMH family!


Justin DouglasJustin Douglas – Beginning to Advanced Voice, and Beginning to Advanced Piano

Justin Douglas is a native of Somerset County, PA. He began formally studying piano at 6 years old under Mrs. Paula Kretchman. At 13 years old Justin began studying voice with her as well. At age 16 he began studying advanced piano under Mr. Don Stoner.

Justin is a 2006 Graduate of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD where he studied Piano and Vocal performance. He was also a member of the FSU choir and Chamber Choir. His musical background consists of Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre, and MainStream Pop Music. Justin is also an acoustic songwriter. He is currently working on building his online fan base and social media music to get more exposure in the MainStream Music Industry.  Justin is so excited to start teaching as well as learning at David’s Music House.

 Sarah Gudbaru –  Strings and Piano

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Sarah Gudbaur – Strings and Piano

Sarah Gudbaur is an active violinist in the Pittsburgh area. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University where she studied under the instruction of Rachel Stegeman. Sarah has a strong interest in orchestral studies and has performed with Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She has also studied orchestral, chamber, and solo performance at several summer festivals including Brevard Music Center and Domaine Forget (Quebec). In 2019, Sarah was chosen to receive a fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland where she will perform and record with NAXOS during the summer. Sarah also performs chamber music regularly, including performances on the baroque violin with Chatham Baroque and The Duke’s Music. She also has experience performing and recording a variety of non-classical genres including bluegrass, folk, and funk.

dylan evers Dylan Evers – Beginning to Advanced Woodwinds and Piano

Dylan Evers is a woodwind and piano instructor at David’s Music House.  Originally from Nebraska, he was involved in many music ensembles growing up and was inspired by his dedicated teachers to continue pursuing music.  Mr. Evers completed his B.M. in oboe performance from the esteemed Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in the suburbs of Chicago in 2016.  There, he was principal oboist for the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, involved in many chamber groups, a freelance musician, and a new music recording artist for various contemporary composers from the Chicagoland area. He has played across the country, most notably touring southern California with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra in 2016, where he played at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, home to the Pacific Symphony.  Dylan was also principal oboist of the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago’s 2014 season and continued to guest appear with them, and he was appointed principal oboist of the Wheaton Municipal Band’s summer season of 2016.

Currently, Mr. Evers recently completed his M.M. in oboe performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He studied with renowned oboist and Pittsburgh Symphony member, Scott Bell.  In Pittsburgh, Dylan is a busy freelance musician and teacher and has performed with the Pierce Theatre Players, the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, guest appeared with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and recently won the position of principal oboist for the Pittsburgh Philharmonic.  Because of his love for music and mentoring, Dylan is dedicated to helping students experience the unbridled joy of music making by way of finding their own voice, fundamentals, and of course, fun!

Tiffany Howard Tiffany Howard – Beg Piano , Beg-Adv Voice

Tiffany began studying voice and performing in musicals at the age of 10 through WVU’s Community Programs. A native of Washington, PA, she graduated from Trinity High School in 2013 and has performed various roles such as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical, Griolet in La Fille de Tambour Major, and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado. While her love is voice, and, more specifically, opera and operetta. She also has prolonged experience playing the viola and piano. She began studying piano in 2009. In 2016 she passed the Piano Proficiency Exam at her Alma Mater, Lee University,  where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017. After graduating in 2017 Tiffany lived and worked as an au pair in Strasbourg, France, pursuing her other passion, French.

Tiffany has taught private music lessons to students of all ages and all walks of life since 2016. She believes that the voice is the most natural and unique instrument and that everyone has a voice. She is confident that, with classical training, anyone can sing and perform any style of music. This is her first year working at David’s Music House and she is very excited for this new teaching opportunity.

Claudia Quintana – Strings and Piano 

ClaudiaClaudia Quintana’s passion for the violin began when she was just seven years old, in her hometown Matanzas, in Cuba. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Arts, in Havana, Cuba. In 2015, she completed an international summer program at University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Presently,
Claudia plays with both the Washington and Altoona Symphonies.

Claudia has performed as a violin soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, Cuba, and the Orchestra of the Conservatory in Tolima, Colombia. She has received master classes from renowned conductors and soloists such as Walter Reitter, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jorge Rotter, Ronald Zolman, Renaud Capucon, Evelio Tieles, Miriam Fried, and Paul Roczek, She has recordered with prestigious Cuban and international musicians.

Recently, Claudia had the privilege of recording with and accompanying pianist Simone Dinnerstein at the Sony Music Classic. Her work experience includes the Allegro Music Center in Miami, Florida and at the Vocational School of Music in Matanzas, Cuba. Her goal is to ignite others with knowledge and techniques to embody their full potential as musicians. It is her pleasure to be part of David’s Music House


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Ulises Ramirez is originally from Idaho. He started playing the trumpet at age 11 and went on to study trumpet performance at Idaho State University, where he earned his bachelor’s in music. During his time at ISU, he performed in the wind ensemble, jazz band, several chamber groups, and was second/assistant principal trumpet in the Idaho State Civic Symphony. He holds a Master of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with professor Edmund Cord.

Ulises has taught private lessons since 2012 and loves getting to teach what he is most passionate about. Fluent in several genres, Ulises currently freelances in the Pittsburgh area and is the trumpet player for Mariachi Internacional de Pittsburgh and various active Latin bands. He is excited to be a part of David’s Music House to continue teaching students of all levels.

 Camilo Jauregui –  Percussion and DrumsCamilo image3

Camilo , currently  living in Pittsburgh is part of many musical groups and ensembles of the Pennsylvania area and guest artist of Waynesburg University,  former teach percussion and conducting at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He taught at “Programa Para la  Excelencia en Musica” in Bogota, Colombia, and also has taught at Corpas University, Bogota.

He is the founder and general director of the Banda Sinfonica Metropolitana de Bogota, and is the  co-founder of Tocar y Luchar, Cafam Colombia , the first and only El Sistema program in his native Colombia.  He has held residency with the National Ballet of Cuba, and the Sinfonica Cundinamarca of Colombia.

Camilo holds a Masters Degree in Music and Business from the Javeriana University and Bachelors Degress in Percussion Performance and Conducting from Corpas University, Bogota.  His primary teachers include Santiago McCook and Rafael Zambrano.

In 2001 Camilo won first place for Contemporary Music Performance at the Percuba Music Festival.  He has written many compositions for percussion, string, and wind ensembles and solos.  His book, History and Development for Percussion in Bogota, was published in 2007.  He currently performs with Khyber Passacaglia, an innovative music initiative in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 Mila Shadel –  Guitar

Mila Shadel is a freelance musician and enjoys playing a variety of different styles of music around the Pittsburgh area including jazz, pop, rock, and experimental. She graduated from Peters Township High School in 2018, and took lessons throughout her high school career from Anthony Janflone Sr.. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Duquesne University, where she studies with Eric Suseoff and Mark Koch. There, she participates in a variety of ensembles, including the Jazz Guitar Ensemble and the Jazz Workshop. Mila has taught in a variety of settings, including being an instructor at the Girls Rock! camp, and teaching group guitar classes for the after-school music program for the Washington Jazz Society. She hopes to share her love and passion for music through the teaching of others.

 Sarah Richards –  Voice and Piano

Sarah Richards is an active vocalist in the Pittsburgh area and holds a Master’s degree in Early Music Vocal Performance from the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she studied baroque and renaissance vocal repertoire with Steven Rickards and Dana Marsh. She actively collaborates with instrumentalists on recording projects and has performed opera roles such as Ms. Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief at West Virginia University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance in 2017, and roles in operas by Cavalli and Monteverdi at Amherst Early Music Festival and International Baroque Academy in Oberaudorf, Germany. Currently, Sarah is a Choral Scholar and active soloist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Lebanon and performs with many choral groups in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Oakland Catholic High School in 2013 and was active in choir and musical theater while taking voice lessons from Stephen Totter throughout her high school career. Sarah is excited to be a part of David’s Music House and hopes to help students of all backgrounds enjoy creating music.