StoGIRLSRocks is a FREE SUMMER MUSIC CAMP for GIRLS (ages 8-18) at the Ryan Arts Center.
DATES: June 26-June 30th
SHOWCASE on June 30 at 6pm
StoGIRLSRocks is an empowerment program for female youths of all definitions, abilities, & backgrounds. Our program utilizes the process of making music to instill tools for the amplification of self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, mutual respect, & cooperation while cultivating a supportive & inclusive community of peers and mentors.
Girls can join to learn the basics in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, and Singing. Students will be paired with teaching artists and get to learn hands on the basics of music making, forming a band, creating a band, and more.
CAPACITY OF 30 students
register at RyanArts.org
Danielle Maggio (camp director):
Danielle is a vocalist, teacher, researcher and activist who specializes in American popular music culture. She is currently a PhD student in the Music department at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies ethnomusicology. Her research examines gospel, soul and funk music as a lived cultural practice, an artistic genre, a marketable commodity, and an important historical site for the articulation of gender, race and class in American popular culture. Her recently completed and published Master’s Thesis, Gospel Mime: Anointed Ministry, Afrocentrism, and Gender in Black Gospel Performance, was the first academic project on the historically local practice of Gospel Mime within Pittsburgh’s Black church communities. She is also part of the Assistant Production Team for the upcoming documentary, Nasty Gal: The Many Lives of Funk Queen Betty Davis, a film about Pittsburgh’s own pioneering blues and funk legend, Betty Davis. She has recently performed with the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, a political performance collective that brings jazz, funk and soul into dialogue with indigenous musics of the 21st century. She has been a performing arts youth educator for over ten years and has worked for the MGR Foundation, Recreational Arts Inc., Westminster Choir Conservatory (Princeton, NJ) and the South Side Community Arts Center (Chicago, IL).
Geña Música (drums):
Geña is an interdisciplinary international recording artist residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s a singer, percussionist, and Bomba dancer. Geña hails from Quebradillas, Puerto Rico where she was the lead singer for “Cannabix” and “Doppleganger”. She moved to the mainland in 1997, bringing her music with her. Having grown up with a fully musical family it was not hard for Geña to achieve a full scholarship to attend a theater arts program at the Lee Strasberg
Theater Institute in New York City. While in the Big Apple, Geña was honored to sing on the soundtrack for the film “The Believer”, musically directed by Joel Diamond. She graduated with a music major from the University of Pittsburgh in spring of 2009. She is currently the music director and singer of Calle Bomba, and also of a Puerto Rican rebel roots and riot salsa band called Machete Kisumontao. You may also catch her singing lead for America’s Latin Orchestra and for Noel Quintana and his Latin Crew. She also works with Herman "Soy Sos” Pearl on a "techno" project called Ivivi Mori. She duets regularly with Carlos Peña in a project called “Geña y Peña” they perform boleros corta-venas all over Pittsburgh. Her recordings with Tuff Sound Recording Studio and collaborations with DJ Soy Sos in the documentary film “New Muslim Cool”, led her to sing along El Mujahideen Team in the film’s soundtrack. In 2012 Geña wrote and recorded in an international collaboration for the IR26 album “This Land is not for Sale- Ivere”. Currently she's collaborating with Christiane Dolores in Amor Fati, Phat Man Dee & Liz Berlin on their recording of Social Justice Disco, Miguel Cha Sague III, and more... More credits include singing and playing percussion for Preach Freedom & Connect, Kenia, Colter Harper, Mathew Tembo, George Jones, Joe Moran, Miguel Sague Jr., and many more… Geña participated in 2013 in AfricAmericas hosted by Young Men and Women's African Heritage Association, Inc. (YMWAHA) and COROLatinoamericano (COROLA). During this week-long event Geña held a history, dance and percussion session at Carnegie Mellon University
about the African-diaspora. At another workshop on the University of Pittsburgh campus she taught children the fundamental elements and influence of African music from a Spanish perspective. Her band is featured of a documentary film by Chris Mason called Machete
Kisumontao : el Documental. Currently, she is busy composing new music and hoping to record her debut album. Geña has worked with the Latin American Cultural Union, the Veterans Leadership Program, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, ABC Spanish Playtime, International Institute of Arts and Languages, the Centro
Latino, La Escuelita Arcoiris and many schools and shelters in the Pittsburgh area. She is a Resident Teaching Artist with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and teaches at A.I.U. Community School West. She performed in venues such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera House, the August Wilson Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Rivers Casino, The Rex Theater, Mr Smalls Theater, Club Cafe, Cabaret Square in the Cultural District, and many more… Geña is the proud mother of a 12 year old girl, Alondra Inarú. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more from this fiery and inspiring singer in the genres of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Bomba, Plena, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Boleros, Hip-Hop, Techno, Rock and more.
Jacquea Mae (vocals):
1Hood Media’s Jacquea Mae has graced the mic at several open mics, theatrical productions and has featured as an artist at many venues, festivals, open mics & more, throughout the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. Ms. Mae continues to rave reviews for her powerful, soulful and from-the gut performances. “I’m so thankful to be a part of Tedx Pittsburgh with Jeremiah Marcel,” says Mae. “To celebrate the amazingness of black girl magic in Wilkinsburg, giving to the world, that’s what I do.” She has also starred as Alberta 'Pearl' Johnson with actress Julie Beroes in Black Pearl Sings, under the direction of New Horizons Theater in 2013 and again as Bessie Smith in Queens of The Blues last year. In 2016, Jacquea Mae released her first EP, 'The Makings Of Me'. When she’s not creating, or performing, she works to inspire and instruct young artists in the area.
Kiera Zee (songwriting/beats/production):
Soul, energy and rawness is conveyed through the sound of Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter/producer Kiera Zee. She uses her voice to illustrate passion and love, which she affirms as the route to freedom. Her raspy yet harmonious sound varies and pays homage to brilliant influences like Sam Cooke, Etta James, Jill Scott, and Janelle Monae. Kiera began engaging herself in music at a very young age by taking involvement with her church choir. She continued to refine & tune her sound through school choir and musicals. With the support from her family and peers, Kiera began performing at local open mics & venues to build her audience. Not only is she performer or writer, but she has also learned how to engineer her own music. In 2016, Kiera was awarded The Up & Coming Mini Grant by The Good People's Group, which assisted her in releasing her very first EP called Moonchild. Her journey is just beginning, but she believes her zealousness and diligence towards the craft, will be key the elements in her shine.
Maya Q (guitar):
Maya`s background is in Positive Youth Development. She`s passionate about youth work, liberation, singing stories, and sharing sounds. As a guitarist, Maya is in the school of freedom through discipline and expression through experimentation. Maya is an acoustic rhythm guitarist/ songwriter with anarcho-punk, folk classical, and old time influences. She sees herself foremost as an educator with a knack for identifying developmental assets, strengths, and needs in young people.
Molly Cavanaugh (keyboard):
Molly Cavanaugh is a musician in the greater Pittsburgh area. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University: The Honors College and the School of Music. Primarily a vocalist, she also plays keyboard, drums, bass, and guitar and is learning how to record and produce. Currently, Molly is continuing to gig around the city alone and with other musicians, playing restaurants, bars, and weddings, while also working on original music projects. She currently has a pop neo-soul project under the name Merrow that debuted in May 2017. She has taught music full time in public schools, as well as individual music lessons, and has taken lessons with people such as Dr. Kim Steinhauer and Maureen Budway. Molly believes in bringing people together, empowering them through music to be who and what they want, and is committed to investing in the growth and vivacity of the Pittsburgh music scene.