Hannah Messerschmidt is a native of Buffalo, New York, and has been playing piano since she was four years old. She earned her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Houghton College under the instruction of Dr. William Newbrough (winner of the American Prize in Piano Performance), and received her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano with Dr. Sharon Johnson. Hannah has played piano for several different theaters, including performances of Into the Woods, She Loves Me, and Servant Stage’s production of Let Freedom Ring! As an active performer, Hannah has toured across the country with various ensembles including the Houghton College Choir, Houghton A Cappella, the Houghton Symphony Orchestra, and the Western New York Fiddle Kids. In addition to her teaching schedule, she currently works at West Chester Friends School as a strings teacher and has taught as a Collaborative Pianist at local colleges. She loves teaching music and is excited to share the joy and the beauty that she has found in various forms of music with others!


Hannah can be personally reached at Hannah.ValottaStudios@gmail.com

Hannah has been a wonderful first violin teacher for my reluctant 5-year old daughter. Hannah is so positive and encouraging, and we have really seen our daughter’s confidence blossom since starting to work with her at the beginning of the school year. Piano lessons with Hannah are a bright spot of her week, and she sees Hannah as a role model. Thank you Hannah for everything you do and for sharing your amazing talent and positivity to cultivate our kids’ interest in music!

– Stacy, Valotta parent