TJ Arts’ 7th Annual Sweet Sweet Jazz on Sunday, October 9 will delight jazz aficionados and musical theatre-lovers alike! Join us for a Broadway-inspired evening including sweet desserts, alumni, Hall of Famers, local students, and the snazziest, jazziest tunes!

Mike Tomaro (Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University) will lead us through the evening as our emcee, with Ray DeFade, Sr. directing the TJ Alumni Big Band, Benny Benack, Jr. with the Benny Benack Band, the TJHS Jazz Bands led by Jim Mirabella, and the A Cappella JagChoir led by Julie Lucci. The vocals of Kevin Kindlin and Dorette DeFade will sweeten the night. Attendees can look forward to renditions from their favorite musicals such as The Phantom of the OperaEvita42nd Street and even the Tony Award-winning phenomenon Hamilton – just to name a few!

Hosted at Thomas Jefferson High School, doors open at 5:30pm to delightful desserts catered by local businesses, followed by music at 6:30pm. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and are available at the door.

Proceeds from Sweet Sweet Jazz support TJ Arts’ work in the WJHSD community. Can’t attend but want to support? Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Karen Suszynski at 412-655-0747 or

TJ ARTScast Season 2: Episode 17: Living History

Interview with Dr. Carleton Young, author of the historical narrative Voices From the Attic, by Dawn Walters & Jay Suszynski

City Snapshot – Interview with Angela Ford, Heinz History Center Development Events Manager, by Jessica Cook

The Big Picture – Interview with Hayley Prosser, one of the Steel Blossoms country music duo, by Julia Malecki

Additional Music – “I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore” by the Steel Blossoms

Tune in today to hear what it’s all about! Or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

TJ ARTScast Season 2: Episode 16: Creative Community Arts Programs

Interview with Cynthia Haines, Executive Director of Focus on Renewal, which developed the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, by Dawn Walters & Jay Suszynski

City Snapshot – Interview with Katie Conaway, Director of Education and Outreach for Pittsburgh Public Theater, about an arts residency hosted at TJHS that was sponsored by TJ Arts, by Jessica Cook

The Big Picture – Interview with Anita Maynard-Losh, Director of Community Engagement at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., by Julia Malecki

Additional Music – “Funk in Deep Freeze” on Trios album featuring Max Leake on acoustic piano

Tune in today to hear what it’s all about! Or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

Rock the Arts logoA Benefit Concert
Featuring The Steel Blossoms
Sunday, August 7, 2016


Cancellations may occur and additional tickets may become available.

To be put on the waiting list, please send your name, phone number,
and the number of tickets you are interested in to
Please direct all questions to the same email address.

Spoonwood Brewing Co.
5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, PA

Emceed by 2006 TJHS alumna Kelly Langenohl of 100.7 STAR
Doors open at 5:30pm; Music begins at 6:30pm

Adults $30 in advance; Children $15 (12 and under) in advance
Ticket includes entertainment, 1 drink & light appetizers

SteelBlossoms2Rock the Arts: Live at Spoonwood, TJ Arts’ first-ever benefit rock concert, will take place on Sunday, August 7 at Spoonwood Brewing Co. and will feature hometown country duo the Steel Blossoms! The Steel Blossoms, now based in Nashville, hail from Pittsburgh and include Sara Zebley and 2010 TJHS alumna Hayley Prosser, who love telling stories through their lyrics and featured harmonies. Last October they released their debut album, “Year Number One,” and we can’t wait to give those who attend Rock the Arts this exclusive opportunity to enjoy the Steel Blossoms at our intimate concert.

All proceeds benefit arts enrichment programs in West Jefferson Hills. All sales final; no refunds except in case of cancellation.

TJ ARTScast Season 2: Episode 15: Photography Part 2

Interview with Becky Thurner Braddock, Photographer & Owner of Thurner Photography, by Dawn Walters & Jay Suszynski

City Snapshot – Interview with Steel City Grammers, by Jessica Cook

Additional Music – “Small Talk” on Year Number One by Steel Blossoms.

Tune in today to hear what it’s all about! Or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

TJ ARTScast Season 2: Episode 14: Photography Part 1

Interview with Bob Marlow, Photographer & Entrepreneur in WJH and Owner of Prints Charming, by Dawn Walters

Additional Music – “Jeannine” on No One Claps for the Low Notes by Soiree; Duke Pearson song arranged by Ray DeFade, Sr.; featuring Ray DeFade on alto sax and Wesley Ward on trumpet.

Tune in today to hear what it’s all about! Or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

Applications are now available online for West Jefferson Hills students to apply for scholarships and awards through TJ Arts!

We are now offering $3,000 in scholarship, $500 in an award and $8,000 in STArts Program grants each year – a total of $11,500 to WJH students!

All applications for scholarships and the Founders’ Award must be submitted online through the following links by April 22, 2016.

Founders’ Award – $500 to a graduating ITS theater senior
Kathy Cecotti Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 to a graduating theater senior who emulates the qualities that Kathy Cecotti fostered in her students
TJ Arts Scholarship – $1,000 to a graduating senior intending to study the creative or performing arts in college
Matteo Music Scholarship – $1,000 to a graduating senior intending to study music in college

Applications for the STArts Program training for Fall 2016 are available online through May 20, 2016.