Nashville Manager, Violin
Jacob is a session musician performing in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Nashville regions and has been a member of Viva La Strings since 2010. He received his Bachelor's of Music degree from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH in Church Music Ministry and is currently pursuing his Master's of Music degree in violin performance at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He began playing in 1998 and currently serves as the principal second violinist in the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra and previously with the Cedarville University Orchestra. Jacob has been a featured soloist with the Cedarville University Orchestra and Fairhaven Church Worship Orchestra in addition to being involved in various recording studio projects, including the HeartSong "Reign In Us" album. He also composes, transcribes, and arranges contemporary pop songs for string quartet and trio. Jacob currently studies with Elisabeth Small at Belmont University in addition to Carlos Elias at Cedarville University, Stacey Woolley of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Jun Kim.
Kelsea is a violinist and songwriter in Nashville, TN who loves to explore new musical possibilities on her instrument. Kelsea began studying the violin at seven years old and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She then moved to Japan in order to attain her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan where she performed with the New Tokyo Chamber Philharmonic in Kioi Hall, Hachioji Ichou Hall, and the Shibuya Cultural Center's Sakura Hall. Kelsea then moved to New York City and studied violin with Dr. Ann Setzer of Mannes College of Music and NYU. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Music degree in classical violin performance at Belmont University. She has also written and recorded string accompaniments for various songwriters and has performed in well-known music venues in New York City such as Rockwood Music Hall and the Parkside Lounge. Kelsea enjoys writing original songs on her instrument using a looping pedal to create soundscapes over which she sings.
Grace began her musical studies at an early age and started playing viola in middle school. Throughout high school Grace was principal violist and a concerto competition winner with youth orchestras in the Atlanta, GA area. She received her Bachelor's of Music degree in music performance from the Boston Conservatory while also studying jazz and improv at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Grace has performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Carnegie hall. In addition to classical music, she also enjoys bluegrass, old-time, and celtic fiddle playing. She has been freelancing and performing chamber music since 2006 in the Atlanta, Boston, and Nashville areas and is a founding member of the Laminack String Trio. Grace is currently a graduate student at Belmont University pursuing her Master's of Music degree in viola performance.
Timothy is currently a session musician in Nashville, TN and a member of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belmont Jazz String Quartet, under Tracy Silverman. Timothy has been featured on PBS as a solo cellist in Belmont Strings, Dancing With The Stars for Aaron Krause’s recorded cover of "Every Breath You Take", and Belmont University’s Best of the Best Showcase for songwriter Taylor Agan. In addition to sharing the stage with artists such as Gabe Dixon, Michael W. Smith, and Denyse Graves, Timothy has had the privilege of recording and/or performing for Nashville artists such as Louisa Wendorff, Liza Anne, Devin Dawson, DNK and many more. In the past, Timothy also has had much orchestral experience such as being principal cellist for the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014, 4th chair of the 2012 National High School Honors Orchestra under the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra 2011-2012. Timothy has studied privately with several symphony members including St. Louis Symphony’s Assistant Principal Catherine Lehr, and the Nashville Symphony’s Assistant Principal Xiao-Fan Zhang, and Keith Nicholas.
Hannah is a violinist originally from Asheville, NC and now resides in Nashville, TN. She received her Bachelor in Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. As a part of this study she performed in the American Prize winning ensemble, The St. Olaf Orchestra under esteemed conductor, Steven Amundson. Hannah has studied with world-renown pedagogs, Francesca Anderegg, Charles Gray, Burton Kaplan, and Kenneth Freed. She has toured several parts of the country while presenting her own solo concerts including classical, sacred, Celtic, and bluegrass repertoire. For the past few years, Hannah has also performed and taught at a summer music institute with The Annie Moses Band, a premier classical-crossover string and vocal band. Hannah has performed at The Grand Ole Opry multiple times, performed in Bach’s Church in Leipzig, Germany, and toured several countries including India, Germany, and China. Hannah was awarded the honor of participating in the Brevard Institute of Music this summer. Hannah is currently a student at Belmont University pursing her Master’s of Music degree in Violin Performance. She is the concertmaster of the Belmont Symphony Orchestra. Through music, Hannah desires to offer beauty and possibility, hopefully allowing people to not only be in touch with themselves, but with something much greater.