Jeff Mangone

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Jeff Mangone is a full time player and teacher of string bass, bass guitar, and tuba.   Jeff has played virtually every style of music in local, national, and international venues in a professional career that began in 1972.  Jeff is currently principal bassist for the Pittsburgh Opera, a position he has held proudly since 1987, as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet, Civic Light Opera, Wheeling Symphony where he also serves as Personnel Manager,  Chamber Orchestra of Pittsbugh, Music on the Edge, Latshaw Pops, Pittsburgh Baroque Orchestra, and the PBS “My Music” Series.  He is also a substitute bassist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed and/or lectured at every Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium.  His active jazz career includes concerts, touring, and recording with artists including Catch 22, Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Opie Bellas, Daphne Alderson, Bo Wagner, Donna Groom, Ann Feeney, Latshaw Productions, Julia Eglar, Richard Stoltzman, Vic Damone, Rosemary Clooney, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops, and countless others.  Since 1979, he has served on the faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and the University Of Pittsburgh Department Of Music.  He has also served on the faculties of the Slippery Rock University Department of Music-1997 to 2009, the Indiana University of PA Department of Music-1990-1997, and the West Virginia University Department of Music-1978 to 1987.  Many of his former students have gone on to careers in orchestras, jazz groups, touring Broadway musicals, and recording studios throughout the United States and the world.  

Jeff is proudly married to Jennifer Gerhard Mangone, Principal Viola of the Pittsburgh Opera, Ballet, Civic Light Opera and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra!   Jeff’s glorious double bass was made by Vittorio Bellarosa in Naples, Italy circa 1930 and has been is Jeff’s care since 1988!

Dvorak Quintet, Opus 77

Dedicated to Amanda Rice-Johnston

March 1, 2020

9:30 am, Kresge Theatre

This performance is dedicated to Amanda Rice-Johnston.  Performed by her friends: Anne Moskal and Dawn Posey, Violins, Jennifer Gerhard Mangone, Viola, Kathleen Melucci, ‘Cello, Jeff Mangone, Double Bass. In 2019 Amanda suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm. She has been recovering surrounded by many loving friends and family.


Amanda Rice-Johnston, a native of Northern Virginia, currently serves as Principal Bass of the Westmoreland Symphony. She frequently performs with the Wheeling Symphony, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Akron Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony. In 2010 she was appointed Principal Bass of Opera Cleveland. Amanda is involved in many other musical initiatives within Pittsburgh, including the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and the Kassia Ensemble.

Having studied at Michigan State University she went on to earn her Masters of Music with at Temple University. After finishing her studies at there, Amanda came to Pittsburgh as a post-graduate fellow of Carnegie Mellon University’s Performance Residency program, where she studied with Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony.