Our May Event:

Aria 412

“A Tribute to Gershwin”

Monday, May 20

Symphony East welcomes back Aria412 – the ensemble formed by Desirée Soteres and Kelly Fiona Lynch to bring delightfully eclectic programs of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and popular music to audiences in diverse public settings. From the beginning, there has been a commitment not only to provide performing opportunities for seasoned singers in the greater Pittsburgh area, but also for younger singers beginning their careers.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Check in and Socialize:  11:00 AM

Business Meeting:  11:15 AM to 11:45 AM

Luncheon – 11:45 AM to 12:50 PM

Program 1:00 PM

Note: Luncheon Reservation Deadline is Thursday, May 16

Symphony East May 20 Reservation Form

Lamplighter Restaurant Ballroom

6566 William Penn Highway

Route 22 East

Delmont, PA  15626


Caryn Greco

Caryn Greco is a Norwegian-American Soprano who has sung on the operatic and concert stages of the United States and Canada. Her signature roles include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Elsie Maynard (Yeoman of the Guard), and the title role of Rusalka. Caryn has an active recital schedule touring the works of Scandinavian composers. She is the Assistant Professor of Voice at Wake Forest University in NC.

Katie Manukyan

Katie Manukyan is a Pittsburgh-based soprano who sings with numerous local musical organizations such as Aria412, Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Festival Opera, among others. She was named a “Major Artist” at the 2016 Pittsburgh Concert Society competition and is a specialist in Slavic vocal repertoire.

Betsy Lawrence

Betsy’s favorite credits are performing with NYC Opera, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Cats, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, PBS Television My Music Series and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Betsy is a faculty member at CMU and the director of the Jazz Choir.

Vinay Thomas

Vinay Thomas is a singer who is passionate about helping others find their voice through transformative artistic experiences. A native of Dallas, TX, Vinay is a classically trained singer who believes that all healthy singing has the same foundational techniques. Currently, he serves at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the Manager of Volunteer Services and Front of House Guest Experience.

Robert Frankenberry

Robert Frankenberry enjoys a multi-faceted relationship with music as a singer, pianist, conductor, orchestrator, director, and even occasionally as a composer.

On stage, he has performed a wide range of roles including Mozart (Amadeus), John Adams (1776), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), the tile roles in Don Carlo, The Tales of Hoffmann, Faust, and Willy Wonka, and Orson Welles in Daron Hagen’s filmopera Orson Rehearsed. At the piano, he regularly performs works by living composers with such groups as Pittsburgh’s IonSound and AnimeBOP: New York City’s The Phoenix Players and PRISM Players; and multi-city entelechron and Chrysalis Duo.