Staff & Board of Directors
Angela Goldberg, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Camerata & Pittsburgh Girls Choir
Angela Goldberg is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Camerata and Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Ms. Goldberg is the first shared Executive Director under the administrative affiliation formed by the organizations in 2021. A native of Buffalo, NY, Ms. Goldberg began her arts management career as the first Managing Director and first ever full-time employee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus (BPC). In her role with the BPC, she helped the organization grow their administrative capacity, streamline their operations, and had the opportunity to lead the chorus through winning their first Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2020.
Ms. Goldberg holds an MA in Arts Management, which she received from the University at Buffalo in 2017. She also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard Kennedy School. Additionally, Ms. Goldberg holds a BA in Writing from Ithaca College where she studied everything from poetry to grant writing.
Working as an arts administrator has given Angela the opportunity to utilize her communication, organizational, and creative problem-solving talents within the context of the performing arts. Striving to continually develop her skills as a leader in the field, Angela has attended Chorus America conferences, completed Chorus America’s 2021 Chorus Management Institute, and was a member of Chorus America’s inaugural ADEI Learning Lab. In Buffalo, she was selected as a participant in the Cullen Foundation’s inaugural Cullen Fellows Program, was a member of the WNY chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and served on the Buffalo Skating Club’s board of directors.
Kathryn Barnard, Artistic Director & Founder
Kathryn Barnard is a pioneering figure in children’s choral music education in western Pennsylvania. She studied at Concordia College New York, where she received degrees in Church Music and Piano Performance, earned the degree of Master of Music from the University of Texas, and has studied vocal development at Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music. Prior to founding PGC, she taught at the Peabody Preparatory School, and has conducted numerous children’s, youth and adult ensembles in Baltimore, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Ms. Barnard leads Melodia, Concentio, Chamber, and Via choirs, supervises all outreach and education classes, and has provided inspired artistic and organizational leadership to PGC (and its earlier incarnations) for sixteen years. Apart from her work with PGC, she mentors young choral teachers. A life time student, Kathryn studies conducting with Mark Anderson and Conversational Solfege with John Feierabend.
Abigail Eagleson, Harmonia and Melodia Instructor & Staff Pianist
A Pennsylvania Native, Abigail Eagleson is a collaborative pianist and mezzo-soprano. Abigail holds a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano degree from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a B.A. in Music (Voice and Piano) from Elizabethtown College. During her various studies she has performed frequently in recitals, both as a soloist and as a collaborator. At Elizabethtown College she was a featured choral soloist, the winner of the Elizabethtown College Concerto Contest, and studied piano pedagogy with a recipient of PMTA’s Teacher of the Year Award. Abigail is a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ms. Eagleson is active in Pittsburgh as a vocalist, collaborative pianist, and teacher. She teaches piano and is a pianist and assistant with the Pittsburgh Girls Choir, a staff pianist at Duquesne University, and a member of the Shadyside Presbyterian Chancel Choir. She has also served at Franciscan University of Steubenville and West Virginia University as a staff pianist. As a collaborator, she has enjoyed performing with various Pittsburgh based musicians and ensembles, such as sopranos Meghan DeWald and Anastasia Robinson, students from Carnegie Mellon University, and the Pittsburgh Camerata. Abigail has appeared at Music at Rodef Shalom, the Music in a Great Space series, and the Music for Midsummer Nights series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church; performing with her trio, Mezzo-Soprano Kara Cornell, and the Pittsburgh Camerata. During the summer months Abigail enjoys traveling, performing, and serving on the piano faculty at Elizabethtown College’s summer music camp.
Emily Tiberi, Women of Song Director
Emily Tiberi, soprano, is a passionate singer, voice teacher, and choral conductor. She has sung numerous operatic roles (Giunia, Lucio Silla; Marie, Marie Begins; Noémie, Cendrillon; Mother, Avow; First Lady, Die Zauberflöte; Nella, Gianni Schicchi; Madame Silberklang, The Impresario; Lisette, La Rondine; Berta, I barbiere di Siviglia). Emily has premiered two roles: Princess Peach in I fratelli Mario, a comedic opera about Mario Bros., and Angela in Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera. She has placed first in both the state and regional NATS competitions. Emily is also an accomplished choral singer, singing regularly with the Philadelphia Symphonic Orchestra Chorus, regularly under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and twice as a Resident Chorister at Spoleto Festival USA. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she won the Westminster Voice Awards scholarship competition and served as the graduate assistant in the Presser Voice Lab. Emily has served as an Adjunct Professor of voice at Rowan University, as well as a choral conductor and educator for the Pittsburgh Girls Choir (PGC) and PGC’s Women of Song. She is thrilled to return to conduct Women of Song and work with the girls in Harmonia.
Melissa Tickner, Via Assistant
Melissa Tickner is a Pittsburgh native and avid choral music enthusiast. She studied music at Community College of Allegheny County. Melissa, being a charter member of the Pittsburgh Girls Choir (formerly Oakland Girls Choir), has worked with Kathryn Barnard for 15 years and very passionately believes in Kathryn’s mission for education and community for young girls. Melissa directs the Children’s Choir at Church of the Ascension, assists Kathryn in teaching the Pittsburgh Girls Choir, sings in a local a Capella group, and enjoys making music all the time and everywhere.
Sariah Seare Young, Harmonia Assistant
Sariah Seare Young has loved music all her life. Through high school she played roles such as Violet Beauregard in Newley’s musical “Willy Wonka” and Jo March in Howland’s musical “Little Women”. During her undergraduate studies at Utah State University, she pursued a Bachelors of Music Education. Sariah also performed in Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas”, Menotti’s opera “Amahle and the Night Visitors”. She then moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a MM in Music Performance where she studied with Dr. Meghan DeWald, and starred in Menotti’s opera “The Medium” as Madame Flora and in Handel’s opera “Ariodante” as Ariodante. She has had the opportunity to perform with the internationally renowned opera singer Marianne Cornetti, and with Justin Wallace and Patricia Halverson of Pittsburgh’s early music ensemble, Chatham Baroque. Sariah has just graduated with her Master’s of Music Performance degree in Voice from Duquesne University, and wishes to pursue Doctorate of Musical Arts.
Leah Givelber, Administrative Coordinator
Leah Givelber is an accomplished performer and violin teacher. Leah began playing violin at the age of 4 and has degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory. She has brought her love of the violin and classical music to students as a teacher for the past two decades. Leah’s goal as a teacher is to help her students find beauty in music, life and in themselves through mastery of the violin.
As a performer Leah can be found playing with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is also a long term member of the Academy String Ensemble, performing many string quartet performances in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
Leah works on the Pittsburgh Girls Choir administrative team, advocating for her belief in the arts as a powerful tool for both performers and audiences.
PGC Board of Directors
Karen Crenshaw, Board Chair
Mariana Whitmer, Vice President
Timothy Nye, Treasurer
John Barnard, Secretary
Dr. Paula Clemens