Owner and Founder of Batavia Music Studios
Urmi started teaching in 2001 out of her home and opened the studio is 2003. She loves teaching and working with all the families. She has been playing the piano since she was 4 yrs old. She started the violin at age 8. Ever since then she has performed with several Orchestras and taught Piano and Violin. She got a Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy, but her passion was always in music, so in 2001 she started Batavia Studios out of her home. It has been such a great opportunity to work with different families throughout the years. In 2013, she started Batavia Musical Theater School. We have done a total of 5 full stage productions up to date , including, “Little Mermaid, JR”, “Aladdin JR.”, “Into the Woods, JR”, “James and the Giant Peach JR” and “Kids on Broadway”. We have had so many talented students and very proud of the 5 shows we have done so far. Just this year, Batavia Studios opened its newest addition – Batavia Studios of the Arts! We are very excited to provide local students the opportunity to explore their creative and artistic side.
Brian has played guitar for 18 years, and has taught private music lessons for over 10. Thanks to encouragement from his first guitar instructor Jim Petroff, and a confidence-building experience playing in the 2003 PMEA district jazz band, he decided to continue his music education at Duquesne University, earning his Bachelor of Music in 2007. Passionate about independent and experimental music, Brian spends much of his free time organizing, attending and performing at local music events. He also teaches music classes part-time for K-5 students at Shady Side Academy's after school program.
Tom is an accomplished pianist and composer who has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He is especially interested in the music of Beethoven, Debussy, and Paul McCartney. Tom graduated from Duquesne University in 2014 with a degree in music composition, and during his time at Duquesne he was also the treasurer of Composer's Society and the Baritone section leader in the Pappert Chorale. In addition to performing on the piano, Tom also plays the bass guitar in several groups in Pittsburgh, including RML Jazz, the People Upstairs, and with singer-songwriter Mark Harris. Tom firmly believes that learning to play an instrument can be a great source of joy, and this is reflected in his teaching style. When Tom isn't teaching or performing music, he enjoys reading fantasy books, composing electronic music, and cooking.
Fugi has been a music instructor at Batavia Studios for the past 14 years. She holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh where she studied music and communications. She teaches piano, voice, flute and guitar. Fugi was a founding member of our drama department and has assistant directed in all five of our productions. She has been delighted to see the progress our talented students have made. Fugi also plays piano and sings with her husband Greg in a duo called Grugi. She is a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner. Fugi loves teaching and loves her students.
Lyric Mezzo Soprano and pianist Antonia Botti-Lodovico has been with Batavia Studios since 2014 as teacher (piano and voice) and director of Batavia's musicals. She has directed six of Batavia's productions including James and the Giant Peach Jr., Kids on Broadway, Into the Woods Jr., Aladdin Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and the upcoming Once Upon A Mattress Jr. As a professional opera singer she has been seen on stage most recently as Rosette (Manon) with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other credits include Petra (cover) - (A Little Night Music) with Des Moines Metro Opera, Franca (The Light in the Piazza) with Front Porch Theatricals, Despina (Cosi fan tutte) with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) with CCPA Opera Theater among others. Antonia holds a Master of Music from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.