"To bring great classical music to the widest possible audience in new and engaging ways, and through this interaction, to change people's lives for the better and develop within them a life-long love of classical music."

Piźazz Music is comprised of professional musicians and music teachers who bring a unique energy, passion, and commitment to their music-making.  The selected members are chosen through a competitive process based upon musicianship, the quality of their teaching, and their ability to relate to the audience.

Piźazz is committed to the training and development of recently graduated musicians to help them bring music to a broader public. These musicians are excited about exposing people to classical music in new and unusual ways. 

The Piźazz Music Teaching Artists specialize in presenting educational programs, educationally based recording projects (CD, DVD, Web Streaming, and Downloads), live concert presentations, educational seminars and workshops, and educational and promotional materials designed to bring classical music to people of all ages.

The Piźazz Ensemble presents concerts that are engaging and that utilize multi-media in order to reach more people. The Ensemble's goal is to personally impact children and adults through concerts, recordings, outreach programs, and educational materials.

Piźazz Music offers personal development seminars for musicians, conductor training workshops, chamber music workshops, and other musical seminars for classical musicians.

Piźazz Music is also committed to creating avenues for amateur musicians to participate in musical activities and to encourage them to be avid supporters of classical music and music education.  We want to instill in everyone a life-long, personal, interaction with classical music.

Piźazz Music is a 501c3 Organization and all donations are tax deductible.





Artistic Director: Diane Wittry

Administrative Director: Jane Martinez

Programs Director: Ben Hackett

Touring Coordinator: Jane Shelly

Administrative Assistant: Wipha Risser

Teaching Artists: Terri Henningson

Website Design: Peckham Graphics

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Mailing Address:

Pizazz Music
P.O. Box 1281
Maplewood, NJ 07040


Teaching Artists

Terri Henningson - Georgia

Jameson Platte - New Jersey

Jane Shelly - Connecticut

Jane Rodriquez - California

Music Education


Artistic Director


Diane Wittry
Diane Wittry was appointed as the Artistic Director of Pizazz Music in 2011. She has developed a national reputation for her innovative programming and her audience rapport.

Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony, PA, and the Artistic Director of the International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia.

Other orchestras she has worked with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, San Diego, Houston, New Jersey, Santa Barbara, Augusta, Stockton, Santa Cruz, Springfield, Pottstown, Wichita, and Topeka, as well as orchestras in Japan, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Canada.

Diane Wittry is known as a conductor who "specializes in finding creative ways to make the music fresh, accessible, and exciting."

She was recently named the "Outstanding Alumnus 2013" for the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where she graduated with honors. She has also received the national Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras for outstanding artistic leadership of a regional orchestra. She was awarded the Women of Excellence Award from the city of Beaumont, Texas, the Arts Ovation Award and the Woman of Distinction Award from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the prestigious Fiorino Doro Award from the city of Vinci, Italy.

Ms. Wittry has also been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and Newsweek. Her book "Beyond the Baton" (Oxford University Press, 2007) about artistic leadership for conductors, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

More information about Diane Wittry's work is available at: www.DianeWittry.com
and at: www.BeyondtheBaton.com

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