Curriculum Vitae



Private Cello Instructor,
Presently teaching nineteen cellists ranging from eight years old up to and including university. Students are enrolled in Carnegie-Mellon University Preparatory Music and Extension Division, University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University. Students are active in the community, performing with Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra, Symphonette, East Pittsburgh Youth Orchestra, Edgewood Symphony, South Hills Junior Orchestra, University of Pittsburgh Orchestra, District, Regional and Honors Orchestras. Several students have graduated from the conservatories of Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music, Penn State University, Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Yale, Baldwin- Wallace, and Curtis Institute

Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Part-Time Faculty, Instructor of Cello
Studio Instructor for undergraduates in the School of Music.

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania,
Faculty, Instructor of Cello
Studio Instructor for cello majors and minors.
Teacher of String Methods.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Part-Time Faculty, Instructor of Cello
Studio Instructor for the School of Music.

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001
Adjunct Professor of Cello
Studio Instructor for Performance Majors.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Studio Instructor for music majors and non-majors. Cello Instructor for Preparatory Division.

Music Studies Abroad, Vaison-la-Romaine,
Provence, France,
Cello Instructor and Chamber Music Coach
Prepared cellists age 14-18 for masterclasses and recitals as well as coached chamber music for public performance in a three week festival for serious violinists, cellists and pianists of all ages. Taught in collaboration with Cellist Robert Dodson of Boston University, Violinist Barbara Krakauer, formerly of Mannes College of Music, and Pianist Jeanneane Dowis, formerly of Julliard and Aspen Music Schools.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, Michigan,
2001, 2004
Cello Instructor

Edgewood Symphony Orchestra,
Cello Section Coach
Conduct cello sectionals. Coach members on orchestral repertoire for performance.

Centers for the Musically Talented,
Pittsburgh Public Schools,
Cello Instructor
Private cello instructor for class of six.

Pittsburgh Citiparks, Arts in the Parks, Music Department,
Cello and Piano Instructor, Chamber Music Performer and Organizer

Taught private lessons to cello class of six, and piano class of twenty. Founding member of chamber music series. Integrated chamber music performances with film series, summer art camp and city government events. Created student recital series. Recruited students and faculty. Helped to enlarge budget through city grants.

Chatham Music Camp, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
1978, 1981
Cello and Piano Instructor
Instructed cello class of eight students age 10 to 18 (1981) and piano class of twenty-six age six to eight (1978). Presented student recitals. Performed on faculty recitals.


Zaffiro Trio,
Solo Cello

Pittsburgh Bach Choir,
Solo Cello

Music on the Edge,
University of Pittsburgh,
Solo Cello

PBS My Music Orchestra,
Solo Cello

Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra,
Principal Cello

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre,
Principal Cello

Latshaw Pops Orchestra,
Solo Cello

Pittsburgh Opera,
Acting Principal Cello

Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra,

McKeesport Symphony Orchestra,
McKeesport, Pennsylvania,
Principal Cello,

Nathan Pacheco, Leo Z and Paula Tuttle,
WQED Presents Nathan Pacheco, tenor, with Leo-Z, piano and composer/arranger, with Paula Tuttle, solo cello

Zaffiro Trio,
Piano, Clarinet and Cello Trio formed in 2016 presented several concerts at University of Pittsburgh and in Regional Recital Series, while receiving a grant for outreach and educational concerts for the Pittsburgh Area, performed on concert series in Pittsburgh and Western Maryland

Diamante Trio with Lilly Abreu,
Trio of Violin, Clarinet and Cello performs with Brazilian Soprano Lilly Abreu a variety of Latin American and Spanish/Portuguese musical styles from Classical to Jazz.The ensemble formed in 2017 and was supported by a University of Pittsburgh Grant "Year of Diversity", and presented concerts in schools, retirement homes, community concerts and events.

Slippery Rock Piano Trio,
Trio formed in 2004 presented concerts at Slippery Rock University annually, and performed regionally. Featured performing Beethoven Triple Concerto with Butler Symphony in 2005 and again with Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra in 2006. Performed in Grantsville Maryland’s “Music at Penn Alps” recital series in 2006

University Of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,
Soloist, Beethoven Triple Concerto

Lake String Quartet,
in residence at the Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, performed nightly June - July.

Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra,
Soloist, Beethoven Triple Concerto

Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra,
Soloist, Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1

Butler Symphony Orchestra,
Soloist, Beethoven Triple Concerto

PBS My Music Series,
Tape Concerts for National airing on PBS on location in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Dover (DE), Asbury Park, and Philadelphia. Studio recording for DVD and CD sales

Edgewood Symphony Orchestra,
Soloist, Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1

Glasgow-Tuttle-Podgurski Trio,
Piano Trio concerts in New York and Pittsburgh.

Kresek-Tuttle-Podgurski Trio,
Piano Trio concerts in Maryland, New York, Pittsburgh and France.

Pittsburgh Steinway Society
Presented in solo recitals 1997 and 2003

Florida West Coast Symphony,
Sarasota, Florida, 2001-2002

Colorado Music Festival,
Boulder, Colorado, 2000-2002

Western Slope Music Festival,
Crested Butte, Colorado, 2000

Academie Franco-Americaine,
Festival de Musique de Chambre,

Vaison-la-Romaine, France, 1997, 1999, 2002

Pittsburgh Oratorio Society,
Associate Principal Cello, 1987-1999

Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Associate Principal Cello, 1989-1999, 2005-2006

Pittsburgh Bach Choir Orchestra,
Associate Principal Cello, 1986-1995

Spoleto Festival,
Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy, Principal Cello, 1992

Pittsburgh Opera Theatre,
Principal Cello, 1990, 2008

Wheeling Symphony,
Wheeling, West Virginia, Associate Principal Cello, 1989-1991


University of Akron,
Akron, Ohio
Post-Graduate Studies, Cello Performance, 1989-1991

New England Conservatory,
Boston, Massachusetts
Post-Graduate Studies, Cello Performance, 1982-1984

Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Master of Fine Arts, Cello Performance, 1980-1982

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester,
Rochester, New York
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Strings Education, 1976-1980



Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra 2017- present
Grant writing for Chamber Groups and concerts in community venues


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 1993-2000
Staff Pianist

Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, 1995-2000
Company Pianist

Western Slope Music Festival, Crested Butte, Colorado, 2000
Dance Accompanist

Regional Dance Council, 1998
Festival Accompanist

Ulm Ballet, Ulm, Germany, 1997
Guest Company Pianist

Eastman School of Music, Accompanying Department,
Accompanist for the classes of Sylvia Rossenberg, Charles Castleman, Oliver Steiner and Paul Katz.


Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra Committee Chair,
2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2016-2017

Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra Committee,

Participated in Contract Negotiations for Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, 1993, 2011, 2014, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra Committee,
1992-1999, 2002-2004

Chaired Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra contract negotiations, 1996

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Committee

Participated in Contract Negotiations for Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, 1995-1996

Union Bargaining Agreements

Participated in Contract Negotiations for local organizations using Union musicians. Gargaro Productions, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Latshaw Productions, MyMusic/ PBS National Agreement

Regional Orchestra Player's Association
Represented Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra at national conferences of the American Federation of Musicians 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, and 2008


Colorado Music Festival,
Boulder. Colorado, 2000-2001

Western Slope Music Festival,
Crested Butte, Colorado, 2000

Academie Franco-Americaine Festival de Musique de Chambre,
Provence, France, 1997, 1999. 2002

Spoleto Festival,
Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy, 1992

Grand Teton Music Festival, Orchestral Training Seminar,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1989-1991

Blossom Music Festival,
Kent, Ohio, 1986-1987

Tucson Music Festival,
Tucson, Arizona, 1987

New England Conservatory Chamber Music Seminar,
Boston, Massachusetts, 1982, 1985

New College Music Festival,
Sarasota, Florida, 1982

Chautauqua Music School,
Chautauqua, New York, 1977


Pittsburgh Musicians’ Union,
Local 60-471 of the American Federation of Musicians,
Executive Board, 2004-present
Rewrote Local Union Bylaws, 2006, Maintain Local Union Website 2009-present

Musicians With A Mission
Performing at Senior Centers, 2013-present

Regent Square Civic Association,
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania,
Board Member, 1998-1999

Venture Outdoors
Trained and Certified Trip Leader
Organize and lead outdoor activities, 2012-present

I Solisti of Oakland, Chamber Orchestra,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Developer, Soloist and Organizer, 1989-1992

Society of Arts and Letters, Parkersburg, West Virginia,
Contest Adjudicator, 1992

People's Oakland, Community Chorus,
Accompanist, 1992



Timothy Eddy, New England Conservatory
Michael Haber, University of Akron
Anne Martindale Williams, Carnegie Mellon University


Robert Dodson, Music Studies Abroad
Lois Barber Fischer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stephen Geber, Blossom Music Festival
David Premo, Pittsburgh Symphony
Eric Kim, Orchestral Training Seminar
Ronald Leonard, New College Music Festival
Michael Lipman, Eastman School of Music
Karen Makas, Orchestral Training Seminar
John Sant'Ambrosio, Orchestral Training Seminar
Shirley Trepel, Orchestral Training Seminar
Richard Weiss, Cleveland Orcherstra


Maria Luisa Faini, Eastman School of Music
Vincent Lenti, Eastman School of Music
Phillis Clarke, Eastman School of Music


Joseph Esposito, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lois Wolman Chambliss, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Frank Glazer, Eastman School of Music
Ozan Marsh, Chautauqua Institute


Emanuel Ax, Blossom Music Festival
Julius Baker, Orchestral Training Seminar
Margret Baxtresser, Blossom Music Festival
Charles Castleman, Eastman School of Music
John Celantanto, Eastman School of Music
Jeanneane Dowis, Music Studies Abroad
Erich Einhorn, Blossom Music Festival
Leon Fleisher, New England Conservatory
Frank Glazer, Eastman School of Music
Bernard Z. Goldberg, Carnegie Mellon University
Bernard Goldschmidt, Blossom Music Festival
Jeffrey Khaner, Blossom Music Festival
Barbara Krakauer, Music Studies Abroad
Eugene Lehner, New England Conservatory
Manhattan String Quartet, Blossom Music Festival
Eunice Norton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eugene Phillips, Carnegie Mellon University
Victor Rosenbaum, New England Conservatory
Eric Rosenblith, New England Conservatory
Russell Sherman, New England Conservatory
Leonard Shure, New England Conservatory
Paul Tobias, New England Conservatory
Richard Weiss, Blossom Music Festival
Ralph Zitterbart, Carnegie Mellon University