Hope Academy Classes and Registration

Hope 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 also special masterclasses, workshops and performances throughout the year.

Hope Academy’s courses and private lessons begin on September 19, 2017.

Download our 2017-2018 Course Brochure and Registration Form here

Click here for a Registration Form that you can fill in online, then print and mail in with your payment; or make an online credit card payment.

As of September 9, 2017, many of our classes and private lesson studios are filled. Please do not register and pay unless you know that there is space in the class or with the private lesson teacher you are interested in. Fill out this Wait List form and we will get back to you.


Creative Movement CircleCourses for 2017–18 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 and trombone), percussion, drum set, African drums, Cajon, classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice. Our Saturday Suzuki program includes Suzuki piano; three levels of Suzuki Violin, and two levels of Suzuki Cello (group classes and private lessons) and, new for 2017-2018, Suzuki Guitar with Gil Teixeira. For more information about private music lessons and the Saturday Suzuki music program at Hope Academy, see our Music Instruction page.


Click here for a Registration Form that you can fill in online, then print and mail in with your payment; or make an online credit card payment.

If you are mailing a check or money order to complete your registration, you can make it out to “ELPC” and mail it to:

Hope Academy/ELPC
116 S. Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

The full-tuition amount plus the $10 registration fee is due at the time of registration. A spot will not be reserved for any student without payment and call-in registrations will not be accepted. If you would like to come in person to register and pay, please call Karly Threets to schedule an appointment: 412-441-3800 ext 117.

Diversity Statement. 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 will be 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.

Tax-deductible Donations. Tuition covers only a small portion of Hope Academy’s operating costs. Your tax-deductible donation allows us to continue to offer high quality, affordable arts education to children and youth in our community. Thank you.

Refund Policy. A full-tuition refund is given for withdrawals from a course 10 days before the course begins. A partial-tuition refund (one-half of the full tuition) will be returned if a withdrawal request is received prior to the second class meeting. No partial refunds are given for missed private lessons. Only one (1) makeup lesson per term is given to each student.

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 2017-2018 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)
  • Students who received scholarships through Hip Hop Orchestra Summer Camp 2017

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. Find out more about HAT Co here.


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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