Mrs. 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, significantly increased the number of students it serves annually, and created numerous new community partnerships, resulting in a thriving and fiscally sound organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of Pittsburgh’s musically talented youth.
Mrs. 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.
Mrs. Nova serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the New Leadership Council of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Arts Advisory Council of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as on the Board of the League of American Orchestras Youth Orchestra Division. She is proud have participated in Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIV.
UniSound Program Coordinator
Emily Bovan is the Program Coordinator for UniSound. She is a Pittsburgh local and grew up in Gibsonia. She graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management in December 2020. During her time in college, she interned with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, where she worked on the 60th-anniversary marketing campaign for the Three Rivers Arts Festival and ran grassroots marketing campaigns to increase attendance at the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Emily also worked with the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus as a Digital Marketing Intern and oversaw running the organization’s social media accounts. Emily has volunteered with the Pittsburgh Playhouse to put together an event called “Beyond the Stage” to help high school students learn about the career opportunities in arts administration and with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in some of their arts education programming as well. Emily grew up with music playing a big part in her life; from singing in choir, playing the piano, performing in musicals, and being a member of band, she has always been involved in the arts. In this new role, Emily is excited to bring those musical opportunities to other kids and teenagers around the Pittsburgh area.
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.
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.
Program Coordinator and Librarian
Zoe Grubbs has a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, she also completed a Fashion Business course at UAL: London College of Fashion in London, England. Zoe is passionate about the arts and has worked in both the cultural events and fashion industries. Previously, Zoe has worked as part of the Visual Merchandising department at American Eagle Outfitters, and as the Manager and Visual Merchandiser at Boutique La Passerelle. She has also been a member of the Guest Services staff and an Art Gallery Attendant at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.
As a violinist of 18 years, Zoe has been involved with programs such as TRYPO Symphonette, PMEA, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, IUP Symphony Orchestra, IUP String Ensemble, IUP String Project, and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic throughout the years. She understands and appreciates the positive impact that programs such as these can provide, as someone who has experienced it firsthand.
Sarah Hepfl is currently a sophomore at Duquesne University double-majoring in Violin Performance and Music Education. She studies under Charles and Rachel Stegeman of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and other various regional orchestras. Sarah graduated from the Butler Area School District with High Honors in 2018. During her time in high school, she was a Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra member on violin from 2014-2018. She prides herself as an alumnus and current staff member of TRYPO.
Manager of Institutional Advancement
Rachel Howard started her journey with TRYPO in 2017, serving both TRYPO and Pittsburgh Youth Chorus (PYC) as the Marketing and Communications Manager. The shared position eventually led to her current role with TRYPO as Manager of Institutional Advancement beginning this year. Rachel looks forward to harnessing TRYPO’s data to create deeper communities within the TRYPO Family.
Before her time with TRYPO, Rachel started working in Operations at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Her role eventually expanded to take on artistic planning for the PNC Pops Series and all popular programming. Rachel brought fresh programs to the stage, including the live orchestral performance of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others.
In addition to her extensive arts management experience, Rachel is an accomplished harpist and was awarded first place in Duquesne University’s Women’s Advisory Board Scholarship Competition in 2005. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Rachel serves on the board of Save Our Symphony Pittsburgh and loves to explore all types of music with her husband and PSO musician, Micah, and their son Cassius.
Marketing and Operations Assistant
Flutist Shantanique Moore is the eighth recipient of a fellowship from the Pittsburgh Symphony’s EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians (OTPAAM). Ms. Moore is an accomplished freelance musician and flute instructor. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, among others.
Shantanique won First Prize in the 2016 Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition. In 2012, Shantanique won the Wayne State Concerto Competition and, in 2013, the Southern Great Lakes Concerto Competition. She has had the privilege of being invited as guest soloist on numerous occasions with ensembles such as the Birmingham Concert Band and Thurston High School’s Honors Band, to name a few. During her studies at Wayne State University, she was awarded several musicianship and academic awards.
An advocate for promoting musicianship and flute playing, Shantanique has served on the board of directors of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association as secretary and as the Flute Choir director.
Her primary teachers are Sharon Sparrow, Laura Larson, and Carrie Wiesinger. She has played in Masterclasses for Mark Sparks, Robert Aitken, William Bennett, and Amy Porter.
When not practicing and performing, Shantanique enjoys kayaking and catching up on her favorite television shows.
Akari Ogawa is currently an Artist Diploma student at Duquesne University studying Flute Performance. She holds her Master’s Degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree from Furman University. Akari’s notable teachers include Jennifer Steele from the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mimi Tachouet from Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to her studies, Akari is an active freelancing flutist in the Pittsburgh area.