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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.

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.

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.”
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Holly Puett

Music Instructor
Holly is a veteran piano teacher, for years she doesn't care to count! With a degree in piano from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, she went on to a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota. Her experience includes private piano lessons, group piano lessons, and conducting stints at the University of Wisconsin Center in Marshfield, WI; Vivace select, prize-winning children's choir; various church gigs and currently, Music Director at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Saxonburg. She loves children and loves music, and loves to bring children and music together!
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Casey Thowart

Music Instructor
Casey attended Duquesne University for Music Therapy and has been playing the piano since the age of 6. She has accompanied musicals at high schools, McKeesport Little Theater, various choirs and churches. Currently she is the organist/pianist for Level Green Presbyterian Church. She has been teaching piano for 20+ years. Casey lives in Plum Boro with her husband Mike and their four children Xander, Xoey, Xeean, and Xyleigh.
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Valentina Lawrence

Music Instructor
When Tina was 4 years old, her grandfather introduced her to the music of Jeannette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy. She has not stopped singing ever since! Throughout her time as a child and young adult, Tina has studied voice with instructors Caterina Santucci and Diane Rudolph, and piano with instructor Elaine Fink. Tina’s father, a NYC Performing Arts grad, also taught her how to play the clarinet. Tina has also studied melodic percussion under Director Kevin Johnson. During High School, the marching band went on to place 10th in the TOB Atlantic Coast Championships. Tina has performed on stage at the Benedum Center during the Gene Kelly awards, and has also sung the National Anthem during various sporting events. Tina is an accomplished fine artist, having completed numerous works in various mediums, including painting with watercolor and acrylics, and drawing with pencils and pastels, to name a few. Tina has a strong IT background and is also skilled in design and marketing. After studying Psychology and Sociology at Duquesne University, Tina went to obtain her CDA in early childhood development from Penn State University, and has been teaching children and adults alike for over ten years. Tina is an advocate for STEAM programming (described as an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), which is important because it is used in everyday activities, and are guides for students to engage in creative problem solving and critical thinking. During her time away from the Studio, Tina enjoys practicing yoga, going to concerts and movies, and travelling or hiking with her husband, daughter and pup!
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Victoria Reid

Music Instructor
Victoria is a voice and piano instructor with a degree in music education from Duquesne University. She has experience teaching private lessons to children and adults of all ages and is very excited to be joining the Batavia team! Victoria specializes in voice studies and has toured and performed with choirs locally, regionally, and internationally. She enjoys working with young singers and has been involved with several elementary and middle school choirs around the Pittsburgh area. Victoria lives just outside the city with her piano and her lovely kitten, Claire.

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