The mission of the Mon Valley Academy for the Arts (MVAA) is to provide arts and cultural programs and activities to the Mon Valley and beyond that informs, entertains and engages this community and the region in lifelong learning and cultural experiences for all ages.
In line with our mission, MVAA hopes to build stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, while providing artists the opportunity to share their talents by providing professional showcases including classes, workshops, performances, exhibits and more within the region. We hope to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the community, building skills, sharing information, and services that will allow artists to make a living doing their work while providing much needed arts and cultural opportunities to the greater community
MVAA will provide programming in a phased order, growing as we can to include performing, literary and visual arts programs for students of all ages… from 3 to 83. We will begin the program with a focus on Instrumental music then progress to all art forms.
The MVAA is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Arts/Cultural Organization.
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Instructing and mentoring the Twin Coaches Jr. Stage Band: Dale Hertrick, Andy Yaltch, Joe Campus, John Schmidt, Wes Ward, Karl Priore (missing Ron Spang)
The Twin Coaches Orchestra Project (TCOP,) primarily performing in the Mid-Mon Valley.
With musician and educator Mark A. Smith taking the lead on this project, and the involvement of partners from the Musicians Local, local Chambers of Commerce, professional musicians, and educational partners including Charleroi Area Schools, Mon Valley businesses, this group launched the regional music program in the fall of 2016.
The program included productions taking place between November 2016 and November 2018. Each production features regional students performing in the same venue on the same bill as the professional orchestra. Mr. Smith is currently working on the 2019 production and audition schedule, and which critical pieces to offer in the upcoming concert season.
In addition to the main stage productions, the program will feature young musicians’ workshops, college-level jazz workshops, several workshops and interactions with students in an after school program, and several “mini-performances” throughout the region at Senior Centers and after school programs.
The TCOP is the first of an ongoing program that will meet long-term goals of preserving the history of the music, putting artists to work, and providing education and entertainment to a multi-cultural and multi-generational public through ongoing programs. The Twin Coaches Orchestra Project will become a long-term community asset that keeps the arts alive and thriving in our community by engaging the public in the creative experience through exhibits, classes, performances, lectures and special events. The TCOP seeks to educate and inspire all ages through exposure to and active involvement in the arts.
Through community support , corporate and private donations, the Twin Coaches Orchestra Project is currently working with education partners, performance venues, arts organizations and others to bring this project to fruition.
Twin Coaches Supper Club, Belle Vernon, Pa. Directed by Frankie Barr with vocalist Jess Wilson. Twin Coaches Supper Club, owned and operated by Tony and Rose Calderone.
17 piece Jr. Band, grades 7 through 12, rehearsing at the Charleroi Borough Community Room. Directed by Twin Coaches Alumni Joe Campus and sponsored by Frick-Tri County FCU.