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Oakmont native and Riverview alum leads elementary musicians

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Jessica Steiner’s passion for music education and helping children led her back to her alma matter, Riverview School District.

The Oakmont native graduated in 2009.

“The band and music department were a major part of my school career, and it is a privilege to come back and lead these amazing groups of students,” she said. “It is wonderful seeing students of all ages carry on the talent and traditions of the Riverview music department.”

She was hired in August as a fourth-grade long-term substitute teacher at Verner Elementary and visual director for the Riverview marching band. She became the elementary band director in October and splits time between Verner and Tenth Street Elementary.

There are about 50 students in the elementary band, which will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 11, at Tenth Street, 901 Pennsylvania Ave.

Steiner replaced Joe Perrino, who was named to the high school band director position after Ian Hughes left the district to become Shadyside Academy’s middle school band director.

“I want to thank him for the support and advice he gave me at the beginning of the year and continues to provide to me,” Steiner said about Perrino. “I am very excited about the second half of the year for the elementary band. After the winter concert, the band will begin rehearsing their repertoire for the spring concert. The fourth-grade students who have chosen to play a band instrument will also be joining the ensemble.”

School director Alex DiClaudio said Steiner is a welcomed addition to the staff, and hopes to hear some great tunes from the young musicians.

“We’re really proud to have one of our own back teaching our kids,” he said. “She stepped forward and is putting her skills and her passions to use for the betterment of our students, and I applaud her for it. We’re certainly very proud of her accomplishments and the way she’s giving back to the district where she was educated.”

Steiner wants to introduce more opportunities for children to express their musical gifts.

“As a musician and educator, I am thrilled by the level of interest I see in these young students,” she said. “In the spring, I also plan to feature smaller ensembles and provide the students the opportunity to perform pieces of their choice with co-musicians. While still upholding existing traditions of the Riverview band, I hope to introduce the students to new pieces and genres of music and continue to foster their love of music and performing.”

More information about Riverview’s music department is available at bit.ly/2KTiwHh.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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