NASHVILLE MANAGER, VIOLIN
Jacob, a session musician performing in the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Middle Tennessee regions, has been a member of Viva La Strings since 2010. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music Ministry from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH and is currently pursuing his Master 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, having previously studied with Dr. Carlos Elias at Cedarville University, Stacey Woolley of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Jun Kim.
Abigail is a classically-trained violinist based in Nashville. She began studying music at the age of four in New York, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Violin Performance at Belmont University. Throughout her career, Abigail has shared the stage with artists such as Renée Fleming, Phil Stacey, Jonathan Thulin, Phillip LaRue, members of the Central Oregon Symphony, and members of the Eugene Symphony. She has studied under violinists Dr. Ferenc Cseszko, Dr. Meredith Arksey, Searmi Park, Isaac Malkin, Leonid Polishchuck, and received coaching from members of the Ariel String Quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, Jonathan Chu, and Nathan Olson. Her current endeavors include session work, touring, and performing in the Nashville area.
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.
Meghan, a native of Maryland, is an internationally sought-after performer, recording musician, and teacher. Meghan holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in Commercial Violin Performance and has studied with world-renowned pedagogues including Alasdair Fraser, Tammy Rogers-King, Hanneke Cassel, Tracy Silverman, Buddy Spicher, and Harald Haugaard. Fluent in a broad range of styles such as classical, Celtic, Scandinavian, jazz, and more, Meghan’s versatility distinguishes her as a current resident of Nashville, Tennessee. She has performed in iconic performance venues across the U.S. and abroad in Scotland, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Botswana, and New Zealand, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry House, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and numerous specials aired on PBS. Meghan has performed with notable artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, Denyse Graves, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassel, among others. Meghan serves as the lead fiddler and arranger for the instrumental crossover band, Celtic Cross. In addition, she is the lead fiddler and arranger for the Belmont University World Fiddle Ensemble, the Principal Second Violinist of the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, and the first violinist of Belmont University's Jazz String Quartet. She has recorded on dozens of full-length albums, EP’s, artist singles, video game soundtracks, music videos, and documentary soundtracks for a wide range of artists and composers. Meghan will continue her studies in the fall of 2017 at Belmont University, pursuing a Master's degree in Commercial Violin Performance with a Violin Pedagogy Focus.
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.
Maggie is a Nashville based musician specializing in session work, composition, arranging and fusing classical music with various commercial styles. She fell in love with the cello at age 6 when she began her time studying with various private teachers, eventually leading her to join her first youth symphony by age 10. Since then she has been a member of various orchestras including the San Antonio Youth Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Youth Symphony, Georgia All State Orchestra, Cobb County Honors Orchestra and the Nashville Collegiate Orchestra. She recently graduated from Belmont University where she was the principal cellist of the Belmont Symphony Orchestra from 2015-2016. Since moving to Nashville she has enjoyed expanding her musical knowledge beyond the realm of classical music into various commercial styles including jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and fusion. She is a founding member of the Valor String Quartet, which specializes in world fiddle styles, classical music and studio work. Her studio experience includes time working for Neil Morse, Chris Thomson, Thad Kopec as well as the Radial Conservatory. In all areas Maggie strives for excellence, musically heartfelt and impactful performances as well as a desire to continually grow as a musician.
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.
Simon is a Nashville based saxophone and woodwind artist. He was raised in California, Maryland where he began his musical studies on the saxophone at age 11. By the age of 14 he was performing with local collegiate jazz ensembles, and by 16 he was performing professionally and was an active leader in various ensembles. Simon holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Cedarville University, where he studied both jazz and classical genres while also studying classical clarinet. He was the student director and lead tenor saxophone for the university's jazz ensemble in addition to his role as principal clarinet for both the symphonic band and the university orchestra. His honors include winning the university Concerto Competition in 2012 and his selection as one of the top collegiate jazz musicians in Ohio with the 2014 JECO Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble. He has worked with many well-known pop and jazz artists, including Britt Nicole, Danny Gokey, Jaimee Paul, and Leif Shires. In addition to appearing as a soloist and collaborating with artists, Simon has extensive experience performing woodwinds for musical theater productions, most recently with The Nashville Street Theater Company. He also appears with performing groups such as The Downtown Band in Nashville.
Gretchen is a pianist based in Nashville, TN. After graduating from Cedarville University with a B.M. in Keyboard Pedagogy, she completed her musical studies in 2015 at Butler University with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with an assistantship in accompanying. A versatile musician, Gretchen has experience as a soloist, ensemble, and collaborative pianist. She has performed with several ensembles, including: Cedarville Piano Ensemble, Cedarville Women's Chorus, Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler Chamber Ensemble, Butler Composer's Orchestra, Butler Women's Chorus, Butler University Choir, and Butler Chamber Choir. Gretchen is a freelance musician who has performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony, accompanied for church choirs, and accompanied for several school choirs. Gretchen is currently an accompanist at Belmont University, performing with vocalists and instrumentalists. Recently, she participated as an accompanist in Belmont's Summer Vocal Arts Intensive Camp. She has also accompanied performances at Christ Church Cathedral, Vanderbilt University, and Lipscomb University. Gretchen is currently teaching with Nashville's Mobile Music Academy and has experience teaching for six years.