Blame It On My Youth Jazz Orchestra

Executive Music Director Erich Lieth PhD discovered his passion for improvising 40 years ago. He plays a range of instruments including recorders, flute, guitar and wind controller, though his specialty is keyboards. After completing his PhD work in Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina he spent 20 years doing research and teaching Neuroscience and Anatomy, but never gave up his love for music and teaching it. For the last 40 years he has taught individuals and groups, both in improvisation and conventional music lessons. He teaches privately in Chapel Hill and instructs music invention for the Piedmont Youth and Family Orchestra. He performs jazz and Latin music locally, and strives to help people of all ages learn to express themselves through playing music.
Associate Music Director Alison Weiner MA is a jazz pianist/vocalist, composer, songwriter and teacher. While working for 21 years as an architectural designer (mostly in Carrboro), she played music on the side - jazz, R&B, rock, pop, reggae - with all sorts of groups in all sorts of places in and around North Carolina. After two years working and playing music in Hawaii, life brought her to Florida, where she completed the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies (2007) and Masters of Arts (2010) from Florida Atlantic University. Alison has been teaching piano and improvisation since 2005 at her own studioMahalo and with Harmony Music Studios in Chapel Hill since 2010. She has also taught jazz history, improvisation, and ensembles. She is also presently participating in the Musicianship and Leadership Program of Music For People (http://musicforpeople.org) and performs regularly with her ensemble mahaloJazz.
Associate Music Director Matt DiDonna is a percussionist and a music teacher from Toms River, New Jersey. After graduating with a Music Education Degree from Rowan University, he went on to teach Middle School Chorus in his hometown before moving to North Carolina where he currently teaches Elementary Music for Wake County Schools. Matt has been a percussionist for the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, instructed bands at Rowan University Summer Jazz Camps, and has played in numerous musicals and jazz combos.
Associate Music Director Doug Largent is an organist and Chapel Hill native. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and then spent ten years in New York City playing at jazz clubs like The Blue Note, Cafe Carlyle, and Smalls. In 2010 Doug returned to North Carolina to form The Doug Largent Trio. He teaches bass and keyboard lessons.