Ryan Perrotte is president and co-founder of In Tune With the Arts Studios, Inc. He is also the department head of the middle school and high school music departments at Peters Township School District as well as the director of choral studies at Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA. Ryan is known for his wide range of styles in his choral teaching that consists of barbershop, sacred, secular, contemporary a cappella, jazz, and musical theatre.
He most recently directed Rowdy Rhythm, the full ensemble choir at Peters Township HS, in a performance of Wayne Grimmer’s Camptown Races at the Saturday Night Spectacular at the International Barbershop Competition at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He, along with Rowdy Rhythm, was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Deke Sharon (Vocal Producer of The Sing Off and Pitch Perfect movies) and some of the the cast of the Pitch Perfect movies for Total Vocal II in the spring of 2016. He also has coached many high school quartets, one of which was the only high school quartet to place in the top 5 at the Sweet Adelines International “Rising Star” Competition.
When Ryan is not teaching, he is composing or performing. Ryan, along with six other talented musicians and writers from Act One Theater School, has composed a full length musical and is currently working on his second. He also has written the song “Hockey Night in Pittsburgh” that has been featured on websites, TV, and radio stations such as Kiss FM, Tosh.0, KDKA, and Star 100.7 FM. Ryan also made his Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Debut in the summer of 2004 in the Music Man starring Jeff Goldblum and again, in 2009, sharing the stages at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, and Marvin Hamlisch.
In addition, he has sung with several barbershop quartets, one of which placed 3rd in the National Collegiate Barbershop Competition. Ryan currently resides in Wexford, PA with his beautiful wife and two lovely boys.
Gloria Miller, percussionist instructor at In Tune, is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Music with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education Degree and a Masters of Music Performance Degree. Professional career includes over 26 years as the principle percussionist of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Gloria has also been a member of the McKeesport, Butler, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras, Westmoreland Percussion Trio school program, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as a free lance musician and soloist. Gloria studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and attended the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland coached by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Gloria has performed professionally as timpanist and percussionist including all keyboard percussion instruments (xylophone, bells or glockenspiel, chimes, marimba, vibraphone), orchestral percussion instruments (snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, triangle, tambourine, castanets, gongs, etc.), drum set (both jazz and rock), Latin percussion instruments (bongos, congas, claves, maracas, shakers, etc.). Gloria teaches all percussion instruments to all levels and ages starting at 7 years of age.
Rev. Mark Eberly, instructor at In Tune, has been playing drums/percussion for over 30 years. He has played drums in a variety of groups including rock, country, blues, jazz, percussion ensembles, worship, hand drums, choirs, wind symphony, and orchestra. He graduated from Capital University Conservatory of Music cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Education (Instrumental) with emphasis on percussion. He has taught private lessons and group lessons in various capacities for over 25 years.
After graduating for Capital University, while substitute teaching in the public schools, he explored a call to ministry. He began writing arrangements of popular hymns that he published under his own company—Cross/Word Publishing, which was distributed nationally. The arrangements were centered on three things: 1) flexibility—each part could be played by the primary band instruments, 2) the rhythms and harmonies were reworked to have an “updated and contemporary” feel, 3) each arrangement had one specific pedagogical aspect for the instrumentalists to learn.
In 1995, Mark pursued the call to ministry graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1998. He subsequently pastored for 11 years and earned his Doctor of Ministry in 2009. During his ministry besides preaching and teaching, he has directed choirs and praise bands helping churches integrate contemporary worship music into services. In 2009, he left pastoral ministry to focus on hospice chaplaincy, which he did for three years. During this time he was the drummer for Epic Church in Erie ,PA and then for a church plant, Elevate Church, both of which utilized an “edgy,” contemporary worship style.
In September 2012, Mark moved to Pittsburgh to become a trainer of chaplains and serve those who have served our country at the Pittsburgh VA. He joined In Tune with the Arts in February 2013 as a teacher for percussion/drums. He is married and has two daughters.
Philip R. Arena
Philip is our Head Producer & Studio Manager here, at In Tune With The Arts. He graduated from Full Sail University, October of 2009, with an Associate’s degree in Recording Arts & a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business. He plays guitar & sings in his band, Someone & The Somethings and enjoys playing music all around the area. Philip has a beautiful wife, Angela, and a crazy dog, named Finley. He was born & raised in Pittsburgh, PA and loves to be able to still call it home, to this day.
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