Hope Academy Classes and Registration

Hope Academy’s 2016–2017 Program

2016-2017 Course Brochure CoverHope Academy offers a full array of theater, music and dance programs, including group classes, private instruction and music ensembles for children and youth from 3-18 years old. Because our approach values both process and performance, there are special masterclasses, workshops and performances throughout the year. Follow our social media and events calendar for updated information.


Creative Movement CircleCourses for 2016–17 include Musical Theater Workshop 1 & 2 (singing, acting and tap dance), Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A&B, and Ballet 2), HAT Co (Hope Academy Teen Theater Company – middle and high school levels) and HAT Co Rock Bands; Music Discovery for 4 to 6 year olds in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts;  and private music instruction for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion, drum set, African drums, Cajon, classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays and three levels of Suzuki Violin (group classes and private lessons). For more information about private music lessons at Hope Academy, see our Music Instruction page.


Download the 2016- 2017 Hope Academy Course Brochure + Registration Form to find out about our offerings for the year. Print this registration form out if you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For your convenience, this separate  2016-2017 Fillable Registration Form can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader where you can fill it out electronically, print it, sign it and mail it back with your payment. Please note that you must open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader – not preview mode – for it to work.

Mail your completed registration form with payment (check made out to ELPC) to 116 S. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

SCHOLARSHIPS and Tuition Assistance

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. To apply for a scholarship or tuition assistance, please complete this online 2016-2017 Scholarship Application Form.

Scholarships are awarded for all classes and ensembles. Scholarships for private lessons are awarded to the following:

  • Returning scholarship students (for the same instrument and with teacher recommendation)
  • Suzuki Violin students (continuing students in groups 2, 3 and 4)
  • New Suzuki students, from 4 to 6 years old,  interested in violin, piano, cello or guitar. Lessons will begin after completing the Music Discovery course prerequisite
  • HAT Co JR, HAT Co and HAT Co band students – private voice or instrument lessons (need and merit-based)
  • Invited Musical Theater Workshop students (need and merit-based)

HAT Co Application – Hope Academy Theater Company

Complete this online HAT Co Application for our teen theater companies – HAT Co Jr for 6th and 7th graders and HAT Co for 8th – 12 graders. Auditions are on Saturday, August 27 at 9 am.



HAT Co at Full BloomCourses and private lessons are held after school during the week (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, corner of Penn and Highland Avenues, in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. Directions and parking information are available here.







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