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September 9, 2013

Windber singer performs in NYC

JOHNSTOWN — A Windber native is taking to the stage in the Big Apple.

Jeff Cubeta, who for the past eight years has been teaching voice and piano in New York City, is presenting a concert of original songs through Sunday in the Brick Room at Don’t Tell Mama.

The show, “Sing This,” consists of a mix of modern music from pop to jazz.

Cubeta performed the tenor solo in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with The Three Rivers Choral Society. He sang as tenor soloist at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh and has sung as a guest soloist at Chelsea Community Church in New York.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident also serves as a musical director. He directed the one-man musical “Cast of Thousands,” showcasing the work of composer and lyricist Craig Carnelia and starring Broadway veteran Eric Michael Gillett, and is the organist and musical director of two New York churches.

Cubeta is a 1993 graduate of Windber Area High School, where he was chosen for the All Eastern National Chorus in his senior year.

He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music education from IUP.

He is the son of Paul and Mary Cubeta of Windber.

Mary Cubeta said her son has been interested in music since he was a boy and started taking piano lessons when he was 4 years old.

“His ultimate goal is to be a musical director because he really enjoys it,” Mary Cubeta said. “This is his dream, and we are glad for him.”

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