Music Program at Westinghouse

Whether it’s voice or instrumental, the WAACS music department is always making music. Students join this arts-focused cohort to hone talents singing, or on strings and woodwind instruments. Frequently, our music majors cross into other areas of study to create a program that’s truly blended across focus areas with their unique talents in mind.

And their talents shine during frequent performances all year long. Musicians are featured in concerts at the school and on the road, as well as part of smaller bands, ensembles and choirs. Class delve beyond the expected routes of choir and band to include theory, production, and music technology. This ensures our students develop pivotal industry skills alongside core talents.

Our tracks include:

Vocal

Essential training for young vocalists begins with proper technique and the development of a wide repertoire of fundamental skills. With the basics in-hand, studies continue with coverage of a wide range of styles, independent instruction, meaningful feedback, audition support, and frequent performance opportunities.

Instrumental

Our students come with the basics, and develop the sophisticated skills of musicianship over four years of focused instruction and mentorship. From small bands performing at our outdoor events to large ensembles that provide the score for productions staged in our auditorium, instrumentalists in this program develop a standard of excellence that leads to distinguished careers in music.

Courses

  • Vocal music
  • Mixed or Concert Choir
  • Vocal Repertoire
  • Group Voice
  • Instrumental or chamber ensemble
  • Group piano
  • Music production

Our Faculty Includes…

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby is a composer, arranger, and educator with a passion for large instrumental ensemble writing. He’s been honored with awards from the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and the University of Kansas.  Mr. Rigby is a member of ASCAP and SCI, published by T.U.X. People’s Music, and holds a Master’s Degree in music composition. He also teaches piano and drums privately outside of school as well.

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory is a percussionist and audio engineer. He’s a member of The Pittsburgh Steeline, and drums internationally with various ensembles.  Mr. Flory is the owner and percussion instructor at Monroeville Music Lesson Center, and Director of Percussion with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He produces live recordings for a number of music groups, and he’s also a PA-certified teacher holding a masters degree in music technology.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz is the Director of Performing Arts. She is a music-certified teacher who also holds an BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby is a composer, arranger, and educator with a passion for large instrumental ensemble writing. He’s been honored with awards from the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and the University of Kansas.  Mr. Rigby is a member of ASCAP and SCI, published by T.U.X. People’s Music, and holds a Master’s Degree in music composition. He also teaches piano and drums privately outside of school as well.

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory is a percussionist and audio engineer. He’s a member of The Pittsburgh Steeline, and drums internationally with various ensembles.  Mr. Flory is the owner and percussion instructor at Monroeville Music Lesson Center, and Director of Percussion with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He produces live recordings for a number of music groups, and he’s also a PA-certified teacher holding a masters degree in music technology.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz is the Director of Performing Arts. She is a music-certified teacher who also holds an BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby

Travis Rigby is a composer, arranger, and educator with a passion for large instrumental ensemble writing. He’s been honored with awards from the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and the University of Kansas.  Mr. Rigby is a member of ASCAP and SCI, published by T.U.X. People’s Music, and holds a Master’s Degree in music composition. He also teaches piano and drums privately outside of school as well.

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory

Stephen Flory is a percussionist and audio engineer. He’s a member of The Pittsburgh Steeline, and drums internationally with various ensembles.  Mr. Flory is the owner and percussion instructor at Monroeville Music Lesson Center, and Director of Percussion with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He produces live recordings for a number of music groups, and he’s also a PA-certified teacher holding a masters degree in music technology.

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz

Mallory Mousseau Grantz is the Director of Performing Arts. She is a music-certified teacher who also holds an BFA in musical theatre and has worked in professional, regional, and community theaters across the country and internationally. She toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, and has directed, musical directed and choreographed with various theaters in the Pittsburgh Area and was a teaching artist with the Pittsburgh CLO. 

Audition Requirements

Vocal Music

You will perform one song. Your evaluator may also go through some vocal exercises with you.  Be prepared to discuss your goals as a student and a vocalist.
How to prepare:

  • Memorize one song, your song should showcase various aspects of your voice or style. For example: uptempo, ballad, classical, contemporary, pop or  Broadway.
  • Your lyrics must be memorized, and be 2-3 minutes in length each.
  • Please bring sheet music in the key you will sing in, and an accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment will be accepted.

Instrumental Music

You will perform on your instrument of choice.  You must bring your own instrument, unless you play the piano or drums. Be prepared to discuss your goals as a student and as a musician. Prepare to do the following at your evaluation:

  • Bring your instrument and any sheet music you may need with you.
  • Demonstrate two major scales of your choice.
  • Perform a work of 3-5 minutes in length.

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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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