Our Studio control room...We have Pro Tools 10/we love to record our students!
We are celebrating over 52 years as the Melody Shop and Now THIS YEAR it's 12 Years with our strong School and recording center management.
The Melody Shop is a music/artistic cultural center!
Instructors 2016 are from notable colleges and institutions. They are
professional musicians and love to teach! Private/class days available T/W/Th/Fri/Sat
Nick Gimliano,; Drums/percussion. We have the good fortune
of returning to us this great drum teacher...who just happened to
instruct Mr. Barnes in his younger years. More info to come or just
call to set up your drum instruction with Mr. Gimliano.
Exciting new musical songs and Theatre Performance
Lisa Gojkovich: M.ED. (VOICE, PIANO, THEATRE ARTS
LESSONS/ALL INSTRUMENTS) (W/TH). College prep instruction, special arrangement lessons
for 1 hour increments. Duquesne university school of Music masters, taught in
the West Mifflin public school system, and The Melody Shop,as well as performing with The
Pittsburgh CLO, pittsburgh public Theater, Point park college, Shadyside Academy and, most
Academy's Performing ArtsCamp, where she was pianist and musical director of"Brigadoon"and
productions.Gojkovich has worked with JoeNegri, Fred Rogers and th entire Neighborhood of Make
Believe cast and performs in bands as pianist, vocalist and flutist.Openings to new Students with
this virtuoso will be available in 1 hour increments. Currently forming a Flute
Choir/interested Flute/woodwind performers please contact
JOE ROSSI:CERT. (GUITAR, BASS GUITAR, ROCK SCHOOL STUDENTS,
SONGWRITING CLASSES) ( W/F) Smokin Joe studied at the Musicians Institute of Hollywood
and has been performing all over the USA in Jazz festivals. His achievements are mostly in the
Blues World with featured songs on many radio stations nationwide. He still finds time to teach at
the Melody Shop and Pittsburgh North going on 14 years. NOW COACHING
Recording Artists !
EMILY JACKSON-Duquesne University
Piano and Theory, all ages. Current organist at a local church, Plays piano for Point park and other colleges in Pittsburgh. She is currently a songwriter, keys, and vocals in the Recording band "The Mavin Janes"
MAUREEN CONLON GUTIERREZ: M.ED. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Currently On World Tour. Teaching with special arrangements. Lessons for 1 hour increments. Born
and raised in the heart of Mexico, Maureen has embraced many styles and genres from classical
and tango to rock and light jazz. She is a member of the tango ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA,
Tangueros de Ley, and violinist for the cross-genre ensemble Forest of the Americas in Mexico. Her
improvisational skills have led to recordings with Vineyard Music on their Spanish CD and with the
acclaimed Latin rock band ROJO.
As a solo concert violinist, Conlon has performed to much acclaim on many stages throughout Latin
America, Europe, and the U.S. Many of her performances have been aired live on radio and
television including a special for the Telemundo channel in 2003. She has appeared as soloist with
various orchestras and chamber ensembles through Mexico and the U.S. including the renowned
Orquesta del Estado de Mexico (OSEM) under the direction of Enrique Batiz.
Due to her passion for chamber music she co-founded the Trio Nova Mundi in 2001 with whom she
has performed throughout various concert venues in Latin American and the U.S. including
appearances as soloists with the Atlanta Virtuos i orchestra in Atlanta, GA. While at Rice University
they were awarded the Ralph A. Anderson music scholarship award.
Maureen has garnered many ﬁrst prizes and placed at many competitions nationally and
internationally including a ﬁrst place at the National Violin Competition “Hermilo Novelo” in Mexico
and the “Hermilo Novelo” award at the International Henryk Szeryng Violin Co mpetition. While
studying at Penn State University she also won the Concerto Competition as well as ﬁrst place at
the Graduate Exhibition in 2005 and 2006. In 2005 she was a semi-ﬁnalist at the pre stigious Sphinx
Conlon was also a recipient of the CONACULTA scholarship for the performing arts from 2006-2007
allowing her to pursue further studies in the U.S. As an avid orchestral musician she is member of
the Erie Philharmonic and has been a member of the Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra,
Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Penns Woods Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
She has also played with the Civic Orchestra in Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Wheeling
Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony among others.
Completed Performance Residency at Carnegie-Mellon University studying with the former
Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster, Andres Cardenes.
She teaches many violin students and loves sharing all she has been imparted along the way.
Maureen continues to actively perform as soloist and with the Trio Nova Mundi. She lives in
Pittsburgh, PA with husband, Michael Dorosh. www.maureenconlon.com
NEIL CARR: (GUITAR, EXEC.DIRECTOR,AUDIO PRODUCER)
(T/TH) NEIL CARR
Guitarist, Vocalist, Guitar and Stringed-Fretted Instrument Instructor at The Melody Shop for 12 years.
Neil is also a Management Consultant and Project Director of the WPCC/Melody Shop. Beginning in
the late 70’s, Neil played in several local Pittsburgh and regional performing /recording musical
groups. In the 80’s he was a founding member of the rock band Scene 14 (CBS/Chroma recording
artists). Post Scene 14, Neil spent several years as a co-owner and staff writer with Blockhouse
Recording Studios - primarily focusing on jingle writing and production for several local, regional
and national advertising agencies. During the Blockhouse years Neil was the music composition
and recording director for the GMAC “Jimmy” and Pontiac Trans Am add campaigns. Ending an
extended layoff from live musical performance, he joined the band Rokkheart and CMC Acoustic
Trio in 2007. In the real, non-musical world, Neil is an IT Infrastructure Project Manager for a large,
multi-national financial services company.
ELLIOTT RATLIFF- M.ED.(BRASS-WOODWINDS-STRINGS)
(classical/jazz trombonist) 5 yrs at Melody Shop is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania graduating from
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree and New Jersey City University with
a Master's degree in music education and performance. In his time at Edinboro, he was the
Trombone instructor for the Edinboro University Community Music School and a member of the
Edinboro University Highland Ambassadors. In New Jersey, he was a member of the New Jersey
Music Educators Association and was the Principal Trombone of the Hudson County
Intergenerational Community Band. Mr Ratliff is a member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union,
the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, and a delegate for the American Federation of Musicians. He is
also a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Pennsylvaina Music Educators
Association, and the International Trombones Association. Mr. Ratliff has performed at the Rivers
Casino with the Harold Betters Quartet and the Trombone Forum Big Band and currently performs
with the North Suburban Symphonic Band and a small jazz septet called Spectrum 2.
Louise Surman Carr-)B.S. ABOC Director, Recording
Engineer )B.S. ABOC (Advanced Vocal Coach, Music Producer, Business Manager) 12 years at Melody Shop.
early 80’s Louise met the songwriting team of Carr-Manns. They first gained local recognition on the
WDVE Rocks album, Vol. II. . All of them then pursued a successful recording and live performance
career with EROS.then Changing names, Scene 14, jointly owned a recording studio and released
and produced many other artists, and commercials. Some local and national recognition was on the
first video show called Night Traks. the partners in the band Eros, Scene 14 was nationally
recognized for their work on “The Voice of Melody” recording. ProSound magazine also featured an
article on this pioneering Pittsburgh band. These local 45’s aided in the purchase of voice
machines for Muscular Dystrophy victims who couldn’t speak. With the new technology of these
voice machines children in the pa. area were able to finally communicate with the world.
They also recorded local and national commercial work and released their records thru Chroma
records and Precision Management. They opened for several national acts throughout the 80’s and
early 90’s while playing the club and college venue. Currently teaching CCD at St. Therese of Liseaux. Managing director Western Pa. Culture Center, The Melody ShopTeachers and CarrTunes developing new recording talent.
Stop in to see and hear some
examples of our talent. Please call for your appointment!
Recording studio Packages start
at $99.00! Call for more info!
SAMANTHA CARR WELSH, M.Ed. University of Pittsburgh, California State Teachers College/ Kidz Stuff teachers
Music Program and Special ED Program 412-466-3522 MORE TO COME>>>>Inquire at
LISA KELLERMAN:B.A. CELLO/VIOLA BEGINNERS AND COLLEGE PREP/ON CALL/one hour