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Viva la Strings is more than a group of musicians. We are friends, we perform together regularly and we will bring to your event the polished professionalism you expect when planning an event. We know how to bring just the right musical detail and personal consultation to make yours an event to be remembered for a lifetime.
We work with you to help design just the right musical ambiance that reflects your personality and taste. From Traditional Church to Campy Contemporary or a mix of both, Viva la Strings has music for all tastes. We will work with you as you plan the parts of your ceremony, making your wedding day personal and special.
Cocktail hour / Dinner music
Start your cocktail hour with our upbeat pop music, from classic rock to current pop, then transition to soothing and sophisticated dinner music while your guests enjoy your hospitality, great food and wonderful music.
Corporate Events/ Private Parties
So your business is having an annual meeting and you want to get things started with that ice breaking reception. Viva la Strings Guitar/Violin/Cello trio can bring a casual, inviting atmosphere to help your colleagues relax before the business starts. Or that special birthday or anniversary is coming up and your are having a few close family and friends. A lovely duo of violin and cello can help create an intimate and personal feel for that special time of reflection.
Viva la Strings also is also available for Assisted Living Residential events, Community Concerts in the Park, Brown Bag Noon time concerts and events, and we supply musicians for musicals, to enhance church worship music, and recording sessions.
Viva la Strings core ensembles include String Quartet, String Trio, String Duo, Guitar, Harp, Flute, Keyboard and Vocalist.
Any place live music is a must Viva la Strings can provide professional musicians. We network with professional musicians across the state, to if you are interested in Hammer Dulcimer, a Trumpet or Percussionist or any instrument in between, just ask!
Pendra Lee Snyder
Viva La Strings Founder and Business Manager, Violin
Performs weekly with the Worship Orchestra at Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio. Holds Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University. Freelance musician for various concerts and shows and special events. Former member of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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.
Christina 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.