Instructor Bios

Alina Glath

Alina Glath

Director of Visual Art Programs/Art Instructor

Alina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Concentration in K-12 Teaching from Slippery Rock University. Over the past 12 years, she has conducted many fun art camps for children and has taught several group art classes and private lessons for all ages at SRU and local art venues. Her instruction has featured various media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber art, and clay sculpture. Alina’s artwork has been included in many regional and national juried exhibitions such as the Martha Gault Art Gallery and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University, GA. Alina currently leads the visual art programs at CREATE. She is also an active member of the Butler Cultural District planning committee. When she is not teaching, she is creating her own artwork and tending to her garden of succulents.

Jacob Glath

Jacob Glath

Music Instructor

Jacob is studying at Slippery Rock University as a Music Performance major, with guitar as his primary instrument. He also studies piano and is working towards receiving a minor in Business Management. Jacob has 8 years of guitar playing experience, which has included local solo, duet, & group performances, guitar competitions, and providing instruction. He plays in the SRU Jazz Ensemble, the top big band at the university as well as the Jazz Combos. Jacob has used his musical talents to serve on the Cru worship team at SRU and throughout Butler and other local communities. Some of the places he has performed at are churches, long term care homes, the Butler VA Health Care System, BCSO Summer Concert Series, restaurants, coffeehouses, and many festivals. His love of music theory and his advanced ability on the guitar (acoustic and electric) make him the perfect instructor for you or your child. Additionally, he teaches ukulele and beginner keyboard and piano. Other activities he enjoys are exercising, being outdoors, and watching old movies.

Trisha Holmes

Trisha Holmes

Music/Vocal Instructor

Patricia (Trisha) Holmes, soprano, is a sophomore Vocal Performance & Music Education dual major at Slippery Rock University with a Mathematics and a Piano minor. Trisha is a member of Student National Association of Teachers of singing (SNATS), and is the Treasurer of both SRU’s Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA) and SRU Choirs. Trisha has been involved in Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and University Choir at Slippery Rock. Throughout her 13 years of voice experience, she has received a heavy background in musical theater technique as well as classical. Trisha was also a Gene Kelly nominee for “Best Actress” for her portrayal of Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Trisha has been a pianist for 5 years, and focuses on classical piano music and performance, although she also has experience accompanying and reading jazz piano charts. She is looking forward to teaching at CREATE and would love to be your teacher!

Dr. Bryan Helsel

Dr. Bryan Helsel

Piano Accompanist

Bryan Helsel is Lecturer of Recording Arts at Youngstown State University, where he teaches courses in music technology, DAW lessons, operates the studio and administers the program of students including assisting senior projects and supervising recording internships. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University, which featured additional emphasis on choral conducting and curriculum design. His research interests include music ensemble travel, music technology, and music literacy. His case study on ensemble tourism was published in the journal Excellence in Performing Arts Research, and he has been published multiple times in the PMEA Journal. He also holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from Duquesne university and bachelor degrees in music education and piano performance from Westminster College.

Before joining the YSU faculty, Helsel taught music in Pennsylvania public schools for 26 years, serving as choir director at Butler Area Senior High School for 24 years, where he also taught piano, music theory and guitar, and created new curricula for courses such as recording and songwriting. Under his direction, choirs have received superior ratings at assessments and have been invited twice to perform at the Pennsylvania state conference. He was a quarterfinalist in the nominee process for the Grammy Award for music education. Aside from teaching, performing and conducting, he owns and operates Helsel Music, a full production recording studio. He resides in Butler, Pennsylvania with his wife Heather and children, Colin and Elyse.

All staff members of CREATE Community Music and Art Studio have current PA Act 33 and Act 34 clearances on file.