Featured Musicians

Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky

Pendra Lee Snyder
Founder, Business Manager, Violinist

Pendra performs weekly with the Worship Orchestra at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University. Pendra is a freelance musician available for various concerts, shows and special events, and is a former member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Terre Haute, Indiana.

BECKY GEELS
VIOLIN

Becky is a graduate of Wright State University and has taught orchestra in public schools since 2008.  She has performed with Turtle Island String Quartet and has collaborated with L.A. based rock string group, The Section Quartet, for multiple performances.  Becky completed her Master of Education degree in 2014.  Becky plays weekly at Fairhaven Church and is a past member of the WSU Orchestra and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra.

SAMANTHA KAUFFMAN
VIOLIN

Samantha received her BM in Violin Performance from Cedarville University, and her MM in Violin Performance from The Ohio State University, where she served as Graduate Teaching Associate to Dr. Kia-Hui Tan. While at OSU, she also studied string pedagogy with Dr. Robert Gillespie. Samantha is an active orchestral and chamber performer in both Dayton and Columbus, and also maintains a private studio.   

DAVID SOSA
VIOLIN

David holds Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has played violin since 1999 and previously served as concertmaster of the University of Dayton Orchestra. He currently performs with his church worship team.

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JULIEANN BERNARD
VIOLIN, VIOLA, VOCALS

As a classical musician, JulieAnn has performed internationally, in backing orchestras for artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Andy Williams, & Marilyn Horne in addition to having won numerous performance awards. Her Celtic and Rock stylings can be found on several nationally released albums.  Currently she sings with Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd which headlines at top venues throughout the country.  She has over 20 years experience as an orchestra director in the public schools and is an adjunct professor of Upper String Pedagogy at the University of Dayton. JulieAnn also enjoys her work at Fairhaven Church as the 1st Violinist for the Classics Service quartet.

KRISTEN MCNABB
VIOLA

Kristen began playing viola in 1977 in Minneapolis, MN where she was raised, and enjoyed several opportunities playing internationally throughout high school and college. After settling in Dayton OH in 1998, she started playing bluegrass and folk fiddle, and has played with many regional bands and musicians both on stage and in the studio. Kristen works full-time, plays weekly at Fairhaven Church, and assists with event operations and performance with Viva La Strings.

TIM FEVERSTON
VIOLA, VIOLIN

Tim began playing the violin at the age of 9, later focusing his studies on viola.  Since then, he has earned his Masters of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Tennessee in 2015, studying under nationally recognized violist Hillary Herndon, after earning his Bachelors in Viola Performance from Marshall University in 2013. He has participated in such events as Viola Intensive, Eastman Summer Viola Workshop, The Karen Tuttle Workshop, and the annual University of Tennessee Viola Celebration. Tim is also a teacher and avid enthusiast for the advancement of the viola, commissioning and performing new works for the instrument.

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CELLO

Olivia is a native of Mansfield, OH and, since the very beginning of her career in cello, has always had a passion for ensemble and orchestral playing. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Art in Cello  Performance degrees in 2013 from Wittenberg University.  Olivia then earned her Master's in Cello Performance from Wright State University in 2015. Currently residing in Dayton, OH, Olivia teaches private cello lessons, performs weekly at Fairhaven Church in the Worship Orchestra, and loves to take advantage of any opportunity to play and perform.

THOMAS LAMAN
CELLO

Thomas is the former principal cellist of Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Centerville High School Symphonic Orchestra. He currently performs with the Centerville Chamber Orchestra and is an OMEA All-State cellist.  Additionally, he performs weekly with the Classics Service quartet at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, OH.

NOEMI PHILLIPS
CELLO

Noemi received her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany where she was a student in the studio of British soloist Raphael Wallfish. Since graduating she’s had numerous performances with string ensembles of various sizes. Noemi currently teaches private cello lessons out of her home in Dayton, OH.

JOEL THOMPSON
CELLO

Joel received his Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from Wright State University. He is currently studying violin building and repair at The Chicago School of Violin Making. He returns to perform with Viva la Strings and Fairhaven Church during semester breaks and holidays.

KATHLEEN BISSON-MIGUEL
HARP

JOE KNIGHT
GUITAR

Joe has performed Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other DPO performances. Joe is the lead guitarist for Ragdoll, a rock/blues/funk/country band that plays a mixture of original material and cover tunes. He has been teaching guitar at Hauer Music for over a decade.

CAMERON VOORHEES
GUITAR

Cameron has a BA in Composition from Berklee College of Music. He retired in 2013 as a Master Sergeant from the US Air Force, serving his country as an airman-musician in the AF Band career field. During his 20-year career, he performed as a guitarist in a wide variety of styles, genres, and musical ensembles. His experiences include composing, arranging, instructing, as well as band leader and supervisor. Along with his military service, he has enjoyed serving his local church as a multi-instrumentalist, band leader, arranger, guitar instructor, care group leader, Sunday-school, and bible class teacher.

He currently holds a position as adjunct guitar instructor at Cedarville University, and is the Music Director at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Beavercreek. In addition he performs in various venues in the local community on guitar, piano, and bass, as well as arranging, music transcription services, and studio musician work. His music can be heard on his website.

CHRISTINA CONDON-NUMERICK
WOODWINDS

Christina Condon-Numerick enjoys having a multi-faceted career as pedagogue, soloist, orchestra musician, and clinician. She has gained inspiration from her primary flute teachers, Randy Bowman, Jill Felber, Diane Gilley, and Pamela Endsley, and from masterclasses with notable performers such as James Galway, Marianne Gedigian, Jill Felber, Jan Gippo (piccolo), Ervin Monroe, and Bonita Boyd. Christina has performed as a flute soloist around the Dayton and Cincinnati areas and in over 40 musical theatre orchestras on flute/clarinet/saxes.

Christina maintains a competitive flute and clarinet studio in Centerville, Ohio. Her students have placed in several national flute solo competitions such as with the National Flute Association, Flute Society of Kentucky, and the Firebird Chamber Ensemble, and have been accepted into music programs at schools such as the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ohio State University, Miami University, and Ohio University. Her students’ flute ensemble has been invited to perform at the Central Ohio Flute Association convention at Ohio State University and at the Chicago Flute Club Convention.

AMANDA ROBERTS
DULCIMER, KEYBOARDS

Amanda Roberts received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and studied collaborative piano with Linda Perry at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  She is currently the Coordinator of Accompanying at Wright State University. In addition to collaborating on piano with many musicians in the Greater Dayton area, Amanda arranges music for cello and hammered dulcimer and performs on dulcimer at local festivals, markets, and private events.