Urmi Batavia

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.

Tom Luketich

Music Instructor
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 Sisca

Music Instructor
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.

Antonia Botti-Lodovico

Music Instructor
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.

Jovana Zaremba

Full-Lyric Spinto Soprano
Jovana Zaremba, Full-Lyric Spinto Soprano, has been teaching voice and piano at Batavia Studios since 2015. Jovana completed her Master’s Degree in voice performance at Duquesne University and currently studies with Sari Gruber. Most recently, Jovana has been seen singing the soprano solos for Masterworks Chorale’s performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass December, 2017. She also enjoys traveling and performing with local Serbian women’s group, Carica Milica.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Jovana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in music at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Jovana completed her MM, has been teaching a growing studio, and also working in early childhood development. Jovana loves teaching, and participating in the Batavia musical productions, as well as actively performing.

Rocky Youhon

Music Instructor
Rocky Youhon has been making music for as long as he can remember. He began his studies with his mother who gave him his first piano lessons. In elementary school he picked up the violin and has not put it down ever since. As Rocky grew up, his musical inspiration led him to study the bass at Duquesne with a regiment of jazz and more contemporary styles. Nowadays Rocky can be found performing throughout Pittsburgh as a violinist and bassist in the Edgewood Symphony and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Rocky teaches Violin and Piano.

Elliott Ratliff

Music Instructor
Elliott Ratliff is a classical and jazz trombonist from Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Trombone Performance. He attended New Jersey City University, receiving his Master’s Degree in Music Education. He started with Batavia Music Studios in May 2016, teaching Brass, Strings, and Woodwinds. He also gives private lessons at music stores/studios in Coraopolis, North Versailles, and West Mifflin. He also works as a substitute teacher and music teacher a Winchester Thurston School, St Edmund’s Academy, and Shadyside Academy. He holds memberships in the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), International Trombones Association (ITA), Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, West Hills Symphonic Band, Trombone Forum Big Band, Celebrity All-Star Band and many other groups. He has a strong love and passion for music and lives by one fact, “Music is not what I do. It is who I am.”

Amanda Nelson

Music Instructor
Hailed for her balance of technique and musicality, intense stage presence and quirky personality, Soprano Amanda Nelson recently received her Masters at Manhattan School of Music '17. She received her BS in Psychology and BM in Classical Vocal Performance at EWHA Women's University in Seoul, South Korea '15 where she became fluent in Korean and well-versed in classical Korean song. Amanda's most recent performances include Lakmé from Lakmé, Olympia from Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Ophelia from Hamlet. Performances with the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre include opera scenes as Amy from Little Women, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Mozart's La clemenza di Tito, and Strauss's Der Ziegeunerbaron. She was also a soloist and ensemble performer in Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Opera Ensemble. Previous credits include Rosina from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Queen of The Night from Die Zauberflöte, and Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Nelson has also participated as a member and soloist in the Camarata Music Company in Seoul, South Korea performing in major choral productions including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem. This summer Ms. Nelson will be performing with the Miami Music Festival as Belinda from Henry Purcell's Didos and Aeneas.

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