Christina Crivelli joined PYPO’s staff in 2008, where she co-founded Prelude and Overture Strings. Ms. Crivelli is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Music Ed. Ms. Crivelli's former teachers include Dr. Stanley Chepaitis, former concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony, and Alejandra Urrutia, former concertmaster of the Concepcion Symphony Orchestra in Chile. Ms. Crivelli is a member of the American String Teacher's Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. She has participated in numerous workshops with top names in string pedagogy, including Robert Gillespie, Bob Phillips, Anne Witt, and Sandra Dackow.
Ms. Crivelli serves as the director of the PYPO Overture Strings. During the weekdays, Ms. Crivelli enjoys teaching the Intermediate School strings program in the South Fayette School District and her studio of violin and viola students in the South Hills. She has performed on violin and viola with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Johnstown Symphony, and Washington Symphony Orchestras. Her performances have taken her overseas, where she has performed at numerous concert halls in Germany, Austria, and Prague. She is the founding member, manager, and violinist with the Three Rivers String Quartet and has recorded albums with several local artists as well as performed on stage with country singer LeAnn Rimes.