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 years 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 had so many talented students and very proud of the all the musical theater productions we have done so far. Recently, Batavia Studios opened its newest addition – Batavia Art Studios in 2018! We are very excited to provide local students the opportunity to explore their creative and artistic side.

Antonia Botti-Lodovico

Voice and Piano Instructor
Lyric Mezzo-Soprano Antonia Botti-Lodovico has been teaching voice and piano with Batavia Studios since 2014. Along with Urmi Batavia she built Batavia Studio's Theater program and has served as Director and Music Director for nine shows with Batavia Studios including Matilda (2019) Peter Pan Jr. (2019), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (2018), Once Upon A Mattress (2018), James and the Giant Peach Jr. (2017) Kids on Broadway (2016), Into the Woods Jr. (2016), Aladdin Jr. (2015), and The Little Mermaid Jr. (2015). As a performer, Ms. Botti-Lodovico is a Resident Artist Alumna with Pittsburgh Opera. Most recently in the 2019-2020 season she has been seen on stage as Zerlina in Kristine McIntyre's Film Noir production of Don Giovanni, Ruggiero in Alcina, DeeDee Reyes in The Last American Hammer, and Mercédès in Carmen. In the 2018-2019 season with Pittsburgh Opera Ms. Botti-Lodovico performed the role of Idamante in afterWARds: Mozart's Idomeneo Reimagined with a ``smooth, appealingly warm mezzo-soprano voice`` (Pittsburgh in the Round). In 2018 she sang the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly as well as a performance of Hansel in Pittsburgh Opera's Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Botti-Lodovico was a Young Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in the summers of 2016 and 2017 where she performed the role of Rosette in their Emmy Award winning production of Manon and covered the role of Petra in A Little Night Music. As a crossover artist Ms. Botti-Lodovico performed the role of Franca in The Light in the Piazza with Front Porch Theatricals in 2015 and was described as having a ``voice that could fuel a small city`` (Pittsburgh City Paper). A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ms. Botti-Lodovico holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University, Chicago College of the Performing Arts.

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.

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!

Todd Seitz

Music Instructor
Todd Seitz is a pro-level guitarist and instructor of over ten years. He has worked at numerous studios in both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Formerly, Todd was the Music Director at the School of Rock in Wexford, PA. Much of his approach comes from the song first method, deriving music theory and technique from songs you can relate to. Specializations include neo-classical, shred, and progressive lead guitar techniques. Todd graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2009. At Berklee, he studied under many of the best guitar instructors in the country, including renowned guitar virtuoso Joe Stump. Todd's former recording project, Stygia, featured many talented and well-known musicians from the metal and rock scene, including Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Vitalij Kuprij (TSO), Chris McCarvill (Dokken), and Mike Vescera (Obsession, Former Loudness, and Yngwie Malmsteen). He has also performed locally with several Pittsburgh bands opening for Devin Townsend, Otep, and Hawthorne Heights. Recent feats include recording a guest solo on Cellador's ``Off the Grid' album in 2017 and in 2018, recording a guest solo alongside Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro) and Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, TSO) in Portraits by Candlight's track 'Timeless Infinity'. Genres and styles covered in lessons can include Acoustic, Rock, Beginner Jazz, Metal, Pop, Prog, and Neo-Classical music. Look no further if you are interested in contemporary guitar instruction in the Pittsburgh area.

Paul Stamegna

Music Instructor
Paul began studying percussion and jazz in elementary school and started classical voice and music theatre soon after. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Voice with Distinction from the University of Delaware in 2009 and was awarded the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship for excellence in academics and music. There, he sang lead roles in the Opera Workshop program, participated in the steel drum and percussion ensembles, and founded the student improv comedy troupe, Riot Act, which has been active for over a decade.
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.

Kimberly Baney

Music Instructor
My name is Kimberly Baney and I have been a music teacher for 22 years. I have had the pleasure of teaching students of every age level from Pre K through college students. I am a professional pianist and oboist and specialize in piano, woodwind, and vocal music. Personally I am a proud mom to 9 children and am employed as a music teacher at the Pine Richland school district.

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