Performing Arts Department

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Maryanne Mager-Dombrowski
Kara Grise
Arthur Martone
Department Chair
Michael Miele


Arthur Martone,

Performing Arts Chair
29 years teaching experience –
25 years at MPS
  • Stage director/producer of the first high school production of The Phantom of the Opera in NW PA 2011
  • Music Director of the MPS Little Mary Sunshine  troupe performance at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005
  • Music director of the first high school production of Les Miserables in NW PA 2002
  • Music Director for the 1995 MPS I.T.S. Main stage production of Nunsense in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Stage director and performing member of the Erie Opera Theatre 1983 -2010
  • Music director/performer at Erie Playhouse since 1986
  • Former assistant conductor for the Erie Chamber Orchestra
  • Has been the music director/conductor for Erie Parks and Recreation Department, the Erie Diocesan Sum­mer Musicals, and the Titusville Summer Theatre
  • Sang as a soloist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic
  • Former assistant musical director and head cantor at St. Peter Cathedral
  • Sang National Anthem at numerous professional sporting events
  • 2005 MPS Outstanding Faculty Service Award recipient
  • 2009 Golden Apple Award recipient
  • 2011 MPS Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient
  • Has traveled extensively in the world to Italy, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada & Mexico
Teaching Assignment: Concert Choir-IB/H & CP, Show Choir-IB/H & CP,
Musical Production, Technical Theatre, Music Appreciation,
Beginning Piano, Advanced Piano, and Beginning Guitar


Kara Grise,

7 years teaching experience –
7 years at MPS
  • Graduate from  Mercyhurst Prep in 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing from Penn State, Behrend (2003)
  •  Master’s degree Business Administration (MBA) from Penn State, Behrend (2004)
  • Was awarded the Penn State Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship.
  • Dance instructor at Marguerite’s Academy of Dance since 1999. 
  • Traveled to Sydney, Australia with the Marguerite’s Academy of Dance Adage Team to perform at the Summer Olympics in 2000.
  • Coached the Penn State Behrend Dance Team (2005-2006)
  • Moderator of the Mercyhurst Prep Dance Team for the past three years.
  • Attends conferences for Dance Instructors annually, including the Robert Christopher Dance Seminar and the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.
  • Choreographed numerous pieces for the MPS Dance Company and Show Choir that were performed at Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World.

Teaching Assignment: Dance Company: Intermediate/Advanced, Apprentice/Intermediate,
Dance Styles, and Social Dance


Maryanne Mager-Dombrowski
Director of Dance Company
33 years teaching experience –
28 years at MPS
  • Villa Maria Academy graduate
  • Stephens College, Columbia Missouri, BFA Music and Dance
  • Western Kentucky University, MA Dance /Theater Arts
  • Continuing Studies New York City, 3 years
  • Dance Educators of America Certification
  • MPS Dance Company Founder and Director since 1985
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green KY, Dance Department 4 years
  • Celebration Touring Company, Columbus, OH, Dance Captain/ Choreographer and Lead Dancer, 2 years
  • Dance Instructor– Lake Erie Ballet under Arlene Haye
  • Dance Instructor– North Coast Ballet under Robert Steele
  • Summer Stock Theater Choreographer: Musical Oklahoma, OK, Little Abner, VA
  • Choreographer for MPS Theater Department and school events since 1985
  • Choreographer, NBC Special “History of Tap Dancing”
  • Kenley Players, apprentice, Warren OH
  • Performed and Choreographed for Village Dinner Theater and Erie Playhouse
  • Performed with Center Stage, Erie, PA
  • Organist– Holy Cross Church 20 years
  • Wedding Singer–1985 to present
  • Erie Diocese Summer Musical Choreographer
  • Erie Opera Theater Choreographer– since 1990

Teaching Assignment: Dance Company: Master & Advanced,
and Show Choir-IB/H & CP


Michael Miele,
Director of Instrumental Music
5 years teaching experience –
5 years at MPS
  • 2003 MPS Graduate
  • Recipient of the 2003 MPS Award
  • 2003 Recipient of President’s Award for Excellence in the Creative Arts at Mercyhurst Prep
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Mercyhurst College 2007
  • 2007 Recipient of President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at Mercyhurst College 
  • Conductor, Trombonist, and Pianist at Erie Playhouse since 2001
  • Music Director/Conductor for Diocese of Erie All School Summer Musical from 2004-2010
  • Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Choir Director for Erie Opera Theatre from 2005-2011
  • Assistant Conductor of the Gannon University Concert Band from 2010-2011
  • 2009 Recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Service Award
  • Member of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education
  • Member of PMEA: The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
  • Substitute Organist/Pianist for various local churches
  • Member of the MPS Middle States Planning Team
  • Co-authored MPS Profile of a Graduate
  • Helped create Profile of a Graduate webpage
  • Created MPS Student Assistance Program Website
Teaching Assignment: Orchestra-IB/H & CP, Concert Choir-IB/H & CP, Musical Production, Music Appreciation, Advanced Piano, and Beginning Piano