1. Karl Jacob Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship

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    The Karl Jacob Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship provides one teen singer-songwriter from the Pittsburgh area private music instruction in voice and guitar; the opportunity to develop songs, collaborate with our house band; record and perform. It honors the memory of Karl Jacob Sellner and ensures that his  love of music will live on through the beautiful voices and songs created by Hope Academy students for many years to come.

    Here is a link to an online application for the Karl Sellner Singer-Songwriter Scholarship. The deadline is October 15, 2017.

    Please join us for the Karl Sellner Memorial Benefit Concert on SUN Sept 24 from 5 to 8 pm.

    From an early age, Karl Jacob Sellner was simply captivated by his grandfather John Alden’s music, foreshadowing his life-long love of the performing arts.  This passion was nurtured by his family and by his many experiences as a student of Hope Academy. As a teen and young adult, Karl became an accomplished guitar player and lyricist.  As with his love of music, Karl found the other things he cared about early in life, including his wife Shelby and his calling to join the US Army to serve, like his grandfather had during WWII.  Like so many gifted musicians before him, Karl’s light was also shadowed by bi-polar disorder. On, September 11, 2016 Karl’s pain was too much and he ended his life.  The support of the Hope Academy community was treasured by his parents and 6 siblings during this time of grief and together they channeled this sadness into the Karl Jacob Sellner Memorial Fund for Hope Academy.  This fund honors his memory and ensures that his  love of music will live on through the beautiful voices, playing of various instruments, dance and acting of children for many years to come.

  2. DACA for “Dreamers” Program is Under Immediate Threat

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    From the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Action Alert

    President Trump is seriously considering putting an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—a highly successful program with strong, bipartisan support that has 800,000 immigrant youth obtain work permits, build lives here, and strengthen the entire country.

    Killing off DACA would be an unmitigated disaster. DACA has unlocked economic opportunities for the nearly 800,000 beneficiaries who have come forward, passed background checks and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. Many have been able to fulfill their dreams of attending and completing college. Most are working legally, paying taxes and providing for their families.

    The moment of truth has arrived. People of good will from across the political spectrum must take a stand. We must stand up for Dreamers, insisting that DACA be kept in place until Congress can pass a clean version of the DREAM Act or broader immigration reform. We must stand up for immigrant families who are settled in America and contribute so much to the country they now call home. We must stand up to an agenda focused on deporting millions of hardworking immigrants with deep ties to America. If President Trump won’t defend DACA, it will be yet another confirmation that every undocumented immigrant in America is under immediate threat.

    Please consider contacting your representatives in Congress in support of keeping the DACA program by phone or social media. Learn more at

    Senator Pat Toomey: 412.803.3501 or 202.224.4254
    Senator Bob Casey: 202.224.6324

  3. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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    PBT PreBallet B Fall 2013This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy, including the class schedule for Saturdays, PBT teaching artists and Hope Academy staff, the calendar for 2017-2018, what to wear, our safety and respect rules; and policies and procedures.


    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School has been offering dance classes at East Liberty Presbyterian Church since 1993 as part of PBTS’ Community Schools initiative. The Community Schools initiative began as a way to build relationships with people and communities who may not have otherwise had access to the classical art of ballet. Since then, PBTS faculty members have continued to provide the highest-quality studio experience, in order to open children to the great challenges and aesthetic achievements of the professional world of dance.


  4. Hope Academy’s 2017-2018 Season of Theater, Music and Dance

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    Registration for Hope Academy’s 2017/2018
    school year is now open

    Classes and private lessons begin on  September 19, 2017

    Download and print Hope Academy’s  2017-2018 Course Brochure & Registration Form; fill out the registration form by hand and then mail it in or drop it off with your tuition payment.

    You can also fill out a 2017-2018 Registration Form online, print it and mail it in or drop it off with your tuition payment

    Musical Theater Workshop and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s dance classes at Hope Academy fill quickly, so make sure we receive your registration form and payment soon to avoid being put on the wait list.

    HAT Co

    HAT Co (Hope Academy teen Theater Company) HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands – for teen singers, actors, dancers and musicians – are by audition only. Fill out this online HAT Co Application Form. We will contact you with information about the Saturday, September 9 audition. Generous need- and merit-based scholarships are available for teens who are interested in singing, acting and dance classes and private instrument and voice lessons; plus performance opportunities.


    If you are interested in registering for private music instruction, please complete the online Inquiry Form for Private Lessons at Hope Academy. This will help us to have a more informed conversation with you, and will expedite the process of matching your child with a teacher and finding a lesson day/time that will fit into your schedule. We will contact you with options for lesson days/time and teachers – after returning students are placed. Please do not register and pay for private lessons until we have placed your child with a teacher and scheduled a lesson day and time.

    If you are interested in finding out more about our Suzuki program (violin, cello and guitar) please indicate on the Inquiry Form for Private Lessons.


    Scholarship applications for courses and private lessons are due by August 20, 2017, but we will accept applications until all of the scholarships have been given out for the year. Please complete the online 2017-2018 Scholarship Application Form.

    Preference is given to returning Hope Academy students (in good standing), and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority.

    Courses include: Musical Theater Workshop 1 & 2 (singing, acting and tap); Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A, Pre-Ballet B, Ballet 2); Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble; Music Discovery for 4-6 year olds and a parent/guardian; and HAT Co (Hope Academy Theater Company) including HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands. Please make sure to look at the yearly schedule before applying for a scholarship. Scholarship students are held to a high standard and must attend all classes and participate in all scheduled open classes, recitals and performances.

    Private lesson scholarships will be considered for:

    • Returning scholarship students, including those in the Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Cello program (on the same instrument and with Hope Academy teacher recommendation)
    • NEW Suzuki music program students from 4 to 6 years old interested in violin, cello, or guitar
    • Hope Academy Theater Company (HAT Co) students including HAT Co JR and HAT Co Rock Band
    • Invited Musical Theater Workshop students interested in voice or instrument lessons

    *Please note: new Suzuki music program students are required to take the Music Discovery course during the fall term before taking lessons.


    In order to be intentional about creating a diverse, multicultural community, Hope Academy’s scholarships, tuition assistance, and half of our available spots for classes are reserved for students who qualify as being low income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic or cultural minority.

    Preference is also given to returning students and families. Please help us live into our mission by answering the diversity questions on the registration form.

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  5. Just the FAQs: Clarinet & Saxophone Ensemble 2017-2018

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    Hope Academy offers a Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble under the direction of Ben Barson on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

    Find your groove and hone your chops in this collaborative ensemble that allows young wind players to perform exciting material from jazz, classical and even funk music traditions. Students will learn how to blend harmonies, hold bass lines, take lead solos and improvise in the blues-jazz language. Learning how to develop trust and have fun with each other is a class goal as important as developing musical skills. Ben Barson’s private lesson students are invited to join the ensemble for free; all other students in the ensemble will have a $40 tuition fee per term.





    2017-2018 Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble Calendar
    Recitals and performances will be scheduled throughout the year

    11/23/17    No Ensemble Thanksgiving Break



  6. Just the FAQs: Musical Theater Workshop at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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    This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Musical Theater Workshop (Singing, Acting and Tap Dance) at Hope Academy, including the schedule for Saturdays, the calendar for the entire year, what to wear and bring; our safety and respect rules, policies and procedures; and performances.


  7. Just the FAQs: Hope Academy Scholarships 2017-2018

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    We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships and tuition assistance to students who are in good standing, with teacher recommendation; and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic or cultural minority. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to teens in our HAT Co (Hope Academy Theater Company) program – this includes HAT Co Jr (middle school), HAT Co (high school) and HAT Co Band.

    Read more to find out how to apply for a scholarship; or for details about a scholarship you were awarded.


  8. End of June Construction Update

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    If you walk around the Ground Floor or Second Floor of our church, you can see that construction work is well underway now. Current work is focused on two main areas and one secondary area. Primary work is happening around the church’s Whitfield St. entrance and up on the Second Floor—including demolition/renovation work in the bathrooms, flooring removal in many of the classrooms, removal of the stage area in Room 234, and some necessary asbestos remediation.

    Secondary work continues on the Third Floor regarding some duct work needed to supply air-conditioning/air improvements on the floor below it.

    The current schedule is to have the bulk of work done on these two floors by the beginning of September, with work on the First Floor to commence thereafter.

    Check back soon for more updates!

  9. SUMMER LESSONS at Hope Academy 2017

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    Hope Academy does not have a summer session. However, we do provide space for our teaching artists and their current students who would like to continue taking lessons over the summer.(Tuesdays-Saturdays) beginning June 13, 2017. Summer lessons are for continuing Hope Academy students only. If you are interested in taking lessons in the fall, please fill out this online private lesson inquiry form.

    Because administrative staff may or may not be in the building when lessons are happening, everyone must agree to a higher level of personal responsibility. Additionally, there is a major renovation project underway so we will need to know who is going to be here in order to communicate important information about access to and from rooms.


    • Teachers will need to update the weekly online schedule by Friday at noon for the following week, so families must schedule lessons in advance.
    • Teachers and families must communicate directly with each other about schedules, cancellations, delays, etc.
    • Parents/guardians must escort their children upstairs to the lesson room and remain there, or in the hall, for the duration of the lesson and then escort them out of the building.  Students are never permitted to come and go on their own.
    • Teaching artists should be paid directly ($15 per half hour) at the time of the lesson.
    • If a family cancels a scheduled lesson, for any reason,they are required to pay the teaching artist for the missed lesson.

    If your child is coming to Hope Academy/ELPC for lessons this summer, you must fill out the online 2017 Summer Lesson Policies and Procedures Acknowledgement Form


  10. Construction’s Underway: What To Know

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    The long-awaited renovation work at ELPC has finally begun! This will be a significant project affecting three floors of the building and several of the exterior entrances. Construction is scheduled to be completed in a 10-month time period, barring any unforeseen delays.

    As we begin this journey together, all are invited to a groundbreaking event following worship on Sun., May 14.

    The sequence of work will begin with the Whitfield Entrance and Ground Floor improvements first, with work on the Second Floor offices and work spaces happening this summer. Renovations on the First Floor will likely begin this fall.

    Throughout this time of construction, your patience, prayers and flexibility will be greatly appreciated. Programs and events will largely continue as planned, although rooms hosting the events or pathways to the events may at times be different than normal.

    If you have specific questions, contact Pam Kimmel, business administrator, at 412.441.3800 x118.