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.
Following school, Paul began directing musicals and facilitating improv workshops for local schools and youth programs in Greater Philadelphia. He worked for Apple as a creative software trainer, using their method of discovery based learning to teach apps like GarageBand and Final Cut Pro. He performed with many groups and organizations in the area including the Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Drum Orchestra, The Brandywiners, The Mastersingers of Wilmington, and the Newark Symphony Orchestra. He was a featured performer in the Philly Podcast Festival, competed in Philly’s Phunniest at Helium Comedy Club, and performed sketch and improv comedy at Philly Improv Theater and Good Good Comedy Theatre. As a freelancer, he edits and produces original music, audio, video, and voiceover.
Paul collaborates with his students to define and exceed their goals. Whether they are learning their favorite repertoire or challenging themselves to discover something new, he helps his students to develop healthy technique, confidence, and an understanding of theory by studying the music they are most passionate about.
As a music director/pianist, JP was the road music director for the national tour of “A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live!” Other music direction/piano conductor credits include “Sweeney Todd”, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”, “Knuffle Bunny”, “The Greatest Musical Ever” (World Premiere), and numerous 29-hour readings and cabarets. JP was also the resident music director of the Boston Conservatory’s “Conservatory Cabaret”, an outreach group that performs music for those who need it the most, from nursing homes to women's shelters.