RYAN PERROTTE is president and co-founder of Harmonix & Beatz and In Tune With the Arts Studios, Inc. in Gibsonia, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. 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 directed Rowdy Rhythm, the full ensemble choir at Peters Township HS, in performances at the Saturday Night Spectacular at the International Barbershop Competition at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and the Mid Winter Convention in San Antonio. His group was also 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 the Total Vocal concert. His newest student group, Room 100, performed in the Kettering National Aca-Fest's Showcase. He has coached many high school barbershop 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. Along with six other talented musicians and writers from Act One Theater School near Pittsburgh, PA, Ryan has composed a full length musical and has currently completed 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 is the contact person and is organizing all of the activities of the camp.
A Cappella Educator
SEAN BURKE, instructor at In Tune, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Sean earned his degree in Music Composition and Education in the spring of 2013. His time at CMU has afforded him opportunities to study with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as some of the most prolific composers in the area. His passion for teaching began with his first jobs teaching marching band at his high school and his experience as teaching assistant to three of CMU’s professors. With a focus on the theoretical study of music, Sean was asked to help write and deliver curriculum for two courses at the university.
A student of French Horn and a singer since age ten, Sean has performed with such orchestras and ensembles as the Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, the National Honor Choir of Men and Boys, the Cincinnati Boychoir, and in tandem with the Vienna Boy Choir. His goals are to excite and energize young students in whatever their musical interests may be, and his approach is taken from his study of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at CMU. As a teacher of voice, piano, brass, woodwind, theory and early childhood classes, In Tune With the Arts Studios has had the pleasure adding Sean to their lineup of incredible teachers. For the last 3 years he has been a small group leader for Camp Harmonix and Beatz.
A Cappella Educator
LORI CARRAU, a vocal and string instructor of In Tune with the Arts Studios, Inc., received her B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University. She has participated in various orchestras around the Pittsburgh area, including string orchestras, full orchestras, and pit orchestras as well as performing as a soloist in Pittsburgh and Northern Italy. She has previously taught at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater company (PMT) and has student taught in general music and strings. For the last 2 years she has been a soloist for the Camp A Cappella
Music Educator Track as well as a small group leader for Camp Harmonix and Beatz.
Lori is a member of the American String Teachers’ Association, MENC: National Association for Music Education, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.