Welcome to Hope Academy
Welcome to Hope Academy, part of East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Hope Academy offers low-cost or no-cost after-school and Saturday courses and private lessons in dance, music and theater for 4- to 18-year olds.
Hope Academy's young singers, dancers, actors and musicians are presenting an entire day of recitals and performances on Saturday, May 18. Recitals (instrumental and vocal) will take place throughout the ELPC building from 10 am to 5 pm. All Spring Music Festival Events are FREE and open to the public!
At 7 pm, EL CEO (East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra) and HAT Co are sharing the stage in the Sanctuary for a concert featuring classical, rock, pop, blues and original songs. HAT Co (Hope Academy Teen Theater Company) will preview selections from their current show "Wiley and the Hairyman."
"Wiley and the Hairyman" is a play for young audiences based on a folktale rooted in African folklore set in the swamp lands of Louisiana. It is about a young boy named Wiley who sets out for the woods prepared to confront the Hairy Man. The ensemble cast acts, sings, dances and plays instruments (guitar, upright bass, violin, cajon drums and washboard), incorporating traditional bayou blues (Balfa Brothers), contemporary pop/blues fusion (The Civil Wars) with original songs and an environmental soundscape. This show will also be performed during the Three Rivers Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8.
Class listings and registration forms for 2012 - 2013 are available below.
During the year, Hope Academy offers a range of music and fine arts learning opportunities. Courses include Musical Theater (singing, dancing and acting), Shakespeare Workshop, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dance (creative movement, pre-ballet and ballet 1), “Voices of Hope” vocal and drumming ensembles, HAT Co (our teen theater company), EL CEO (our new community engagement orchestra for music students and their musically-inclined parents), and private music instruction for piano, composition, violin, viola, cello, classical and electric guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, organ, percussion and voice students.
With a combination of tuition-based and free courses there is something for everyone!
Our classes give students a chance to learn, play, and grow. This year, we continue to offer Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Ballet 1), Musical Theater, Shakespeare, Voices of Hope Vocal and Drumming Ensembles, private music instruction for piano, composition, violin, viola, cello, classical and electric guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, organ, percussion and voice.
Sing your way to success!
Recent research shows that singing in one of the 270,000 choruses in the U.S., such as a community, school or church choir (or Hope Academy’s “Voices of Hope’) is strongly correlated with qualities that are associated with success throughout life. Choral singers exhibit increased social skills, civic involvement, volunteerism, philanthropy, and support of other art forms, when compared with non-singers. So what are you waiting for? Kids and teens from 5 to 18 can sing in one of Hope Academy’s choirs on Wednesdays after school. Come sing with us!
East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra (EL CEO)
Be a part of our East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra (EL CEO) A Youth Orchestra for Kids with a Passion for Music! Young musicians, and their musically-inclined parents, are invited to join EL CEO to experience the joy of making music together in an orchestra. Conductor Federico Garcia (Artistic Director of Alia Musica Pittsburgh) will create arrangements to suit each student's ability. The music will be selected from the symphonic and popular repertories, ranging from pieces by Tchaikovsky to the theme from the Harry Potter movies—and everything in between. Musicians of all levels are welcome to join and participate! (Singers are encouraged to join one of our "Voices of Hope" community choirs, which meet on Wednesdays after school.) Weekly rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm throughout the year and will begin on September 19.
Everyone is welcome and no one is required to audition. There is a $10 registration fee for each musician. If you have questions or would like more information about any of Hope Academy's programs, please call (412) 441-3800 x11.
Linda Addlespurger is the director of Hope Academy. You can reach her by or by phone at (412) 441-3800 x12. Norma Meyer is the administrative assistant for the Hope Academy; you can reach her by or by phone at (412) 441-3800 x11.