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Aaron Gray (he/him) is a pianist who, at the age of 8, started taking piano lessons under the tutelage of his grandmother, Frances. In college, he held the position of Rehearsal Pianist for the music department and accompanied and served as the assistant music director for various performances, including the opera Beautiful Bridegroom by Dan Shore and for the departmental musicals. He has served as music director for various local community theaters, high schools and colleges, and has also played for Saint Vincent Summer Theater’s professional summer stock. Aaron has also served as the organist/music director at various churches and was most recently the Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Pa. He is also the studio accompanist for Mezzo-Soprano Maureen Miller.
In the past, he has served as the associate conductor for Westmoreland Choral Society and was the accompanist for Murrysville Masterworks Chorale. He received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and studied under Mr. Thomas Octave (Voice/Conducting), Fr. Cyprian Constantine (Organ), Mrs. Susanna Lemberskaya (Vocal Coaching/Accompaniment) and Mrs. Lisa Zubritsky (Piano). Aaron currently owns, operates and teaches at Practice Makes Perfect Music Studio, serves as a teacher for the Piano Sensei.
When not performing or teaching Aaron likes to spend his free time with his wife Julia and daughter Cadence.
Emery Palmer (they/them) is a Senior studying Music Education at Seton Hill University, and one of Practice Makes Perfect's student teachers! Their primary instrument is voice and they study the cello and trumpet as secondaries. They regularly gig for Practice Makes Perfect, last seen at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival and Pa Brewery running series. Emery is going to be teaching beginner cello, ukulele, and voice classes!
Michael Bilik, tenor, began his musical studies at a very early age. Though it was not until high school that he found his passion for vocal music, he has been blessed with musical opportunities surpassing the last 10 years.
Michael received a BFA in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied voice with Dr. Oliver Lo and a Masters in Music in Voice/Opera Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Stephen Ng. During his studies, Michael has won voice competitions and was the recipient for several vocal honors. He has performed in numerous operatic and musical theater roles and scenes, from Nemorino in Elixir of Love to Tobias in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. During the summer of 2017, Michael sang the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s beloved opera Don Giovanni. He was invited back again to Orvieto and Rome in 2019 for a three week intensive program of chamber music and art song. He also toured with IUP Chorale in Prague and Vienna. An avid recitalist, Michael enjoys researching and performing 20th century and modern repertoire.
“My goal as an educator is to create and foster a positive learning environment, while being dedicated to the student and helping them to be disciplined musicians, as well as encouraging my students to explore all styles of music. My focus is to help students discover their own instrument and to teach them a healthy and sustainable voice technique that will aide them in lifelong singing.”
Roni Glad (She/They)
Roni has been singing their entire life. From age 4-19 she took a variety of lessons in the arts. They have been performing for 18 years and earned their Bachelor's Degree in Audio Engineering In 2021. In 2020, Roni began to pursue teaching private voice lessons and posting vocal performances online. Over the last 3 years she has grown over 120,000 followers across social media. She is a content creator & freelance artist of many mediums and strives to create a positive atmosphere for all her students and clients to thrive.
“The most important thing for me is that my students and clients feel safe and accepted. Having a great time while learning a new skill is so important. Students who enjoy what they are learning in a safe space spend more time interested in what they are pursuing. I want people to learn to love their authentic selves through what they are passionate about. If I can help children and adults feel seen in a world that usually doesn’t see them, then I’ve found success.
Tom (he/him) grew up in Greensburg, and began performing locally as a guitarist/vocalist in 2010. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2016 and worked in Boston as a music instructor and radio station production manager until 2019. Since moving back to Pennsylvania, Tom has continued teaching while writing and recording original music. He is signed to Mint 400 Records as a solo artist and has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Providence. Excited to be working with PMP, Tom especially enjoys working with beginner guitarists and any musicians with interest in composition/songwriting. He teaches guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, drum, and voice lessons in Greensburg.
Join us on Sunday, February 18th for our Love Notes Cabaret from 7-9pm at Sobel's Obscure Brewery in Jeannette! Our Fundraising event for our Frances Fund will feature musical performances, Karaoke and we are happy to have SugarCloud Cookies and Confections and Foxy Frans Catering and Vending Service at the event to provide some delicious food and desserts.
The event will feature:
- A silent auction with artwork and products donated by amazing local artists and local businesses
- A note writing station to write a "Love Note Around The World" for the American Cancer Society. Money from writ