HOPE With Us

Helping Others by Performing for Enjoyment

In the words of many, hope is the greatest gift of all. So why not spread it around by performing for enjoyment? That is what HOPE With Us is all about. Our mission is to brighten the lives of the community. We also support causes such as bullying awareness, helping the victims of bullying, as well as the bullies themselves. Here's the philosophy: If a bully victim turns their energy to helping others in need, they will feel included, see how their work positively affects another, and become a stronger person on the whole. The same can be said for the bullies as they will no longer feel the need to hurt others.

About Us

Anna Sinelnikova

Anna Sinelnikova
Co-Founder

Anna graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and will recieve her Masters degree from MIT this Spring 2020. She will start her job at Microsoft shortly after. Anna was motivated to start this movement as a way to combat such problems as bullying. Many people are pushed around, left out, or just humiliated in other ways. In turn, these people develop a low self-esteem, feel let down and left out. By allowing everyone to perform or help out in this movement, Anna hopes that everyone will feel needed and loved. Not once was there a thought about auditioning potential participants in order to join. This is about amateurs sharing their love for something and feeling included, while simultaneously helping others in need. The idea of performing for these causes came about from school Talent Show auditions, where many people were rejected. Through HOPE with Us, she hopes to eliminate the feeling of disappointment by encouraging everyone to perform or help out in some way.

Tatiana Sinelnikova

Tatiana Sinelnikova
Co-Founder/Group Leader

An eleventh grader at North Allegheny Senior High School, Tatiana has boldly taken on the role of Group Leader for HOPE With Us when she was in sixth grade. She has been an active participant in all of HOPE With Us' events since its inception in 2010. She aspires to become a computer scientist as well as an entrepreneur in the world of Artificial Intelligence. Tatiana recently took over charge by creating this website from scratch from the encouragment of Harvard's edX CS 50 course as of Summer 2018. She actively volunteers in the community by giving piano and ballet lessons to children enrolled in the Free School Lunch program. She received the Bronze and two Gold medal Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. Tatiana has been dancing ballet and playing piano for thirteen years now, and she received the first place award in the National Ballet Competition (Junior I Category) in 2015. She also earned the 3 Gold cups in Patriotic/Folk Song, Piano Concerto, Ballet and Jazz events and 4 Gold Cups in the Piano Solo event (National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals). As of April 21st, 2018, Tatiana won first place in her category for piano solo at the state competition sponsered by PFMC. Music and dance are not her only passions as she won first place for the Music in Poetry contest for the state of Pennsylvania. She placed first in an essay contest sponsered by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Members of the Community

Members of our Community

Ranging in age from pre-school to adult, members of the community gather together several times a year to fundraise or entertain. Each event brings new faces to the group and new acts to the stage. Together, the members make a difference in the world around them and they encourage you to come HOPE with Us!

LATEST PROJECT


UPMC Legacy Music Series (2018 Season: November 18, December 2 || 2019 Season: January 27, February 10, March 10)

Projects


Click on the links to view photos and videos* from the events!



North Hills Community Outreach || November 30, 2018

More than 90 toys were collected for North Hills Community Outreach. They were distributed to children during holiday season of December 2018. Students from North Allegheny School District participated in this project. Students were ranging from Kindergarten to Twelfth grade.

Foster Presentation (October 8, 2018)

Tatiana Sinelnikova was invited to present about "The Father of Pittsburgh Music", Stephen Foster.

UPMC Legacy Music Series (February 18, 2018, March 4, 2018, April 15, 2018)

Students ranging from elementary to highschool commited to performing their musical talents in the lobby of UPMC Passavant in McCandles. Patients, doctors, and nurses heard the musical wonders as it was on speakers for the whole building to hear.

Recital benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (December 1, 2017)

347 pounds of food were donated - thank you to all!!! Click to see the letter from the Food Bank. December 1, 2017 7pm
Members of the community came together with over 20 boxes of food to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The Food Drive culminated in a performance on December 1.

Presentation "125 Years from Carnegie Hall" at Opus I Music Recital/Wexford Health Center (October 10/December 1, 2016)*

October 10, 2016 10:00am at Mars Alliance Church Presented by: Tatiana Sinelnikova
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Carnegie Hall, Tatiana gave an informative presentation to the musicians of Opus I Music Society.

December 1, 2016 at Wexford Health Center
Tatiana Sinelnikova presented with a group of The Art of Music & Dance students at Wexford Health Center (Wexford, PA)

Ruslan and Ludmila Presentation for the Opus I Music Society (October 13, 2014)*

October 13, 2014 10:00am at Mars Alliance Church
Tatiana gave a presentation about the unique, Russian opera Ruslan and Ludmila for the Opus I Music Society as part of their Opera themed meetings. It was a great opportunity to learn about some of the lesser known works and see the cultural influences Glinka used in his composition.

Toy Drive for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation (December 4, 2013)

December 4, 2013 7:00pm at McKnight Elementary School
Come support the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation on December 4, 2013! Children from around the community are excited to showcase their talents for this great cause! Admission to the event is free, but all participants and attendees should bring a stuffed toy as a donation to the foundation.

American Dream Fundraising Concert (May 17, 2013)

May 17, 2013 7:00pm at Ingomar Middle School
This year marked another successful fundraiser for the America Red Cross National Disasters Relief Fund. BIG thank you to the following high school volunteers: Garrett Borawski, Kevin Carlins, Kate Kaluhiokalani, Rafael Lupidi, Michael Murphy, Corey Noel, Tu Linh Pham, Clara Ramos, and Youstina Seliman.

Holiday Food Drive (December 11, 2012)*

December 11, 2012 7:00pm at McKnight Elementary School
HOPE With Us organized a Holiday Food Drive benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on December 11, 2012. The event was very successful and thank you to all who supported us! A special thank you to Katherine Kairis, Rafael Lupidi, and Emma Pearson, the student volunteers and The Art of Music & Dance students, all of whom donated their time and efforts to the success of this event.

Women of the World (April 20, 2012)*

April 20, 2012 7:00pm at Ingomar Middle School
Benefiting the American Red Cross National Disasters Relief Fund, HOPE With Us put on a benefit concert on Friday, April 29, 2012. The NA Fiddlers under the direction of Mr. Morton, a Kung Fu team comprised of North Allegheny Students, and other North Allegheny instrumentalists made a special appearance alongside the students of The Art of Music & Dance, Inc., sponsors of the event. Thank you to the three students volunteers, Caitlin Hoffman, Daya Lee, and Jessica Lee and the Red Cross Representatives, Cynthia O'Neill and Sandra Stein.

Diversity Presentation at McKnight (March 15, 2010)

March 15, 2010 2:30pm at McKnight Elementary School
HOPE With Us presented the third grade students a diversity presentation on March 15. The presentation looked at Russian music and dance culture.

Holiday Performance at Vincentian Home (December 10, 2011)*

December 10, 2011 2:00pm at Vincentian Home
HOPE WIth Us returned to Vincentian Home on December 10 to celebrate the holidays with the residents. As always, we were very honored to be able to brighten their day.

The Quest to be the Best: The Russians (October 10, 2011)*

October 10, 2011 10:00am at Mars Alliance Church
In celebration of NFMC's International Music Relations, this interactive presentation will delve into the history of the Russian Five (also known as the Mighty Handful) and the impact they left on music. Visuals are a major part of the presentation with numerous video clips, Anna Sinelnikova’s original choreography, and colorful costumes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to become better acquainted with Russian culture!

HOPE With Us for Japan (April 29, 2011)*

April 29, 2011 7:00pm at North Allegheny Intermediate High School
April 29 was the day that members of the community came together for a concert that benefited the American Red Cross Japanese Relief Fund. Held at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, the concert brought in over $600 for the effort. A BIG thank you to The Art of Music & Dance, Inc., who sponsored the event, and Mrs. O'Neill, and Mrs. Stein, the Red Cross representatives.

Vincentian Home Presentation (February 20, 2011)*

February 20, 2011 2:00pm at Vincentian Home
On February 20, 2011, HOPE With Us presented the residents of Vincentian Home with one hour of music and dance entertainment. It was a wonderful experience, and we are very glad to have brightened their Sunday afternoon.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 2011)**

As a way to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. HOPE with Us put together a short video clip reminding everyone of the role Dr. King played in our country.

Nutcracker Presentation (December 23, 2010)*

December 23, 2010 2:30pm at McKnight Elementary School
On December 23, right before the school students go on break, HOPE with Us presented the second graders of McKnight Elementary School a Nutcracker Performance. It was a great success and the students really seemed to enjoy it. The performances consisted of Doll Dance, Sugar Plum Fairy, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers, and Waterloo (a Jazz surprise).

Opus I Music Society Scholarship Fund Fund-Raiser (November 20, 2010)

November 20, 2010 7:30pm at Bakerstown United Methodist Church
Come and support Opus I Music Society as they raise money to help out musicians who would like to pursue their studies. This is Anna and Tatiana's first project where they actively contribute to the community by playing and dancing. Click here to see pictures!