Ms. Nova became executive director of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras at the start of the 2011-12 season. During her tenure, TRYPO has dramatically expanded its program offerings (such as through Youth Chamber Connection, new summer programs, outreach programs, touring, etc.), significantly increased the number of students it serves annually (up 83%), and created numerous new community partnerships (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Institute, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, etc.), resulting in a thriving and fiscally sound organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of Pittsburgh’s musically talented youth.
Ms. Nova has a Bachelor’s of Music Performance in French Horn from the Eastman School of Music, where she also received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in French from the University of Rochester. After graduating from Eastman, she spent a year as a guest lecturer at the Université de Rennes II in Rennes, France before earning a Master’s of Music Performance in French Horn from the University of Utah. She was the Director of Operations for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera prior to moving to Pittsburgh with her husband James Nova, who is the second/utility trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Nova also continues to consult with Classical Singer: a magazine, online community, and annual convention. Classical Singer was founded by Ms. Nova’s mother, Carla Wood, who was a successful mezzo-soprano and was responsible for Ms. Nova’s early exposure to the arts and eventual addiction to the pursuit of sustainable arts administration. Ms. Nova continues to freelance in the Pittsburgh area when her schedule allows, and also serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the New Leadership Council of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Arts Advisory Council of the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Ana María Díaz
Ana María Díaz is a graduate of Duquesne University where she majored in cello performance with Misha Quint. Ms. Díaz began her musical studies in her native Venezuela as a member of the famous Youth Orchestra Program known as “El Sistema;” she studied music at Conservatorio de Música “Vicente Emilio Sojo,” Conservatorio Superior de Música “Simón Bolívar” and Centro Universitario de Estudios Musicales (IUDEM) under the guidance of Miguel Rojas and William Molina and served in the faculty of Conservatorio de Música “Vicente Emilio Sojo” where she taught cello, kinder music, theory & solfege and coached the cello sections for the children and youth orchestras. Ms. Díaz has performed in Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, McKeesport Symphony and Washington County Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Ms. Díaz is the Program Manager of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras; she is a member of Butler County Symphony Orchestra, and teaches cello at the Elizabeth Seton Center and the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts.
YC2 and Special Projects Manager
Ms. Cunningham has been managing chamber groups since her son started a string quartet at age 8. Ms. Cunningham is a passionate supporter of youth ensembles, and began a summer chamber music camp in Chautauqua, NY, along with her husband Jim Cunningham of WQED-FM. Ms. Cunningham earned a Masters in Teaching from Chatham University, and is a sought-after substitute teacher in many Pittsburgh area public and private schools. She has a background in development and project management, and has worked for WQED-TV, Carnegie Museums, and the Coalition for Christian Outreach.
Traci Davis joined the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras last year as the Office Coordinator (a shared position between TRYPO and the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus). Ms. Davis, originally from Houston, recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters in Vocal Performance.
Program Assistant and Librarian
Mr. Whitt is a bassist and private strings teacher from the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He has been with TRYPO since the start of the 2015-16 season and is currently finishing up a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Duquesne University.