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Zeneba Bowers, ALIAS’ Artistic Director Emerita, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She has served as concertmaster of Charleston’s Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the New World Symphony. Zeneba joined the Nash-ville Symphony in 1999 and became Assistant Principal Second Violin in 2001, a position she holds to this day. She founded ALIAS Chamber Ensemble in 2002, and established herself as a leader in Nashville’s classical music scene.
The Claudius Quartet was formed in the fall of 2016 at the Blair School of Music and coached by Connie Heard. The quartet won 3rd prize at the national level of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet is comprised of violinist Eliza Wong, a junior at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, currently studying with Carolyn Huebl as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar, violinist Hesoo Cha, currently studying with Cornelia Heard at Vanderbilt Universi-ty as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar, violist Rachel Haber, currently in her second year at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University studying with Kathryn Plummer, and cellist Meghan Leong, who is currently studying with Dr. Felix Wang at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as a Cornelius Vanderbilt scholar.
Versatile countertenor Patrick Dailey recently made his United Kingdom operatic debut as “Marc’Antonio” in the U.K. premiere of Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra with the Woodhouse Opera Festival. Operatic roles include “Nerone” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, “Oberon” in Britten’s A Mid-summer Night’s Dream, and “Belize” in Angels in America. On the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, Mr. Dailey made his John F. Ken-nedy Center for the Performing Arts debut in a featured duet with Aretha Franklin as the finale a concert honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Dailey received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University and a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Boston Universi-ty. He serves as adjunct professor of voice and director of the Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.
Cellist Sari De Leon-Reist performs regularly with some of Nashville’s finest musicians and ensembles on stage and in the recording studio. She plays with the Nashville Opera Orchestra, and is a regular substitute for the Nashville Symphony. Sari was a soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra. In the popular realm, she can be heard on the recordings of Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon, Faith Hill, Ben Folds, Train, Carrie Underwood, and countless others. Sari received her Bachelors of Music degree in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Irene Sharp. She was also formerly on the faculty of Mannes College of Music and The Childrens’ Orchestra Society of New York, as well as the Governors School of the Arts in TN and Lipscomb University. Sari maintains a private studio in addition to teaching at Blair School of Music.
Flutist Jessica Dunnavant is a freelance musician and teacher. An early music specialist, she is a member of Music City Baroque and teaches Baroque flute at Middle Tennessee State University. She has performed and taught across the country, including academic appointments at Florida State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a modern flutist, she performs with the Jackson Symphony in West Tennessee and teaches a large, successful studio of pre-college students.
Alicia Enstrom, Artistic Director of ALIAS, toured the world for a decade as the solo violinist/electric violinist for two Cirque du Soleil’s shows and was the lead violinist/fiddler, vocalist, pianist, and dancer with the International Violin Show, Barrage. A magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt, she has also served as concertmaster for both a chamber and a conductorless orchestra concert on a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center. In Nashville, Alicia can be heard regularly in commercial recording sessions, performs often with the Nashville Symphony, Intersection and Chatterbird, and also with the Chris Walters Jazz Quintet.
Violist Christopher Farrell has been a member of the Nashville Symphony since 1999. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. Christopher’s compositions have been performed in Alias Chamber Ensemble season concerts at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Nashville Symphony OnStage performances at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. In 2015, Christopher was awarded a Bonnaroo Works/Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Grant by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission for the creation and record-ing of Needle and Thread, Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp.
Alison Gooding Hoffman, a founding member of ALIAS, has been a member of the Nashville Symphony since 1998. With degrees from Florida State Uni-versity and University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, she has also performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Hoffman is an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University. She has played in venues around the world, is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious Mautz Award, and donates her time to various charitable organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Sheri Hoffmann has made Nashville her home since 2014. A life-long flutist with a rich history of orchestral, chamber music and commercial recording, Sheri is presently weaving visual arts and writing with her musical roots. She is, also, a baroque flutist in Music City Baroque.
Yvonne Kendall, a TN native, earned her MM in flute performance from the New England Conservatory where she participated in the Performance of Early Music program. During her DMA studies in Early Music at Stanford University, she performed with Alea II, Stanford’s contemporary music ensemble and in concerts for CCRMA, their famed center for electronic music.
Stephanie Pruitt Gaines is a poet and social practice artist who has taught at Vanderbilt University, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and as a visiting artist in over one hundred K–12 and community settings. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and Essence Magazine named her one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” Much of her creative practice centers around collaborations and the publishing of physical poems in unex-pected places like gumball machines, walkways, and on windows. In addition to her artwork, the TEDx speaker is the founder of NoStarvingArtist(dot)me, which is committed to helping creators make a LIFE and LIVING with their art.
Daniel Reinker joined the Nashville Symphony as principal viola in 2002. He also is a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Mu-sic. He has served as associate principal viola with the San Antonio Symphony and principal viola with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. During the summer, he performs and teaches at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. In 2012 and 2014, he was a member of the All-Star Orchestra, which produced a series of television programs for public broadcasting. Reinker studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory, the Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Pianist Melissa Rose has enjoyed a thirty-year career as a collaborative pianist, performing internationally and throughout the United States. In addition to ALIAS, she appears regularly with Summerfest Concerts in Kansas City. Her chamber music recordings are on the Naxos, Centaur, Blue Griffin, Delos, and Good Child Music labels. An Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Piano at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, she enjoys teaching collaborative piano and coaching both vocal and instrumental chamber music.
Gayle Shay, mezzo soprano, and Associate Professor of Voice, and Director of Vanderbilt Opera Theatre at Vanderbilt University, has performed and directed throughout the United States, Canada, and China in theatre, musical theater, opera and oratorio. She has been a featured performer at the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI) in British Columbia since its founding year, and is the co-director of VISI’s innovative SONGFIRE Art Song Theatre Apprenticeship program. In June, Dr. Shay will join the faculty of Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Program to direct Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. A passionate advocate for arts for social change, she has developed curriculum at the Blair School to train young artists in community engage-ment.
Passionate about music of all time periods, cellist Christopher Stenstrom is equally at home whether performing contemporary solo cello works, cham-ber music masterpieces or Baroque and Classical music on period instruments. A member of the Nashville Symphony since 1999, Chris is a founding member ALIAS and can be heard regularly as a chamber musician, including performances with the Nashville Symphony’s OnStage program. He is in-creasingly in demand as an early music specialist, performing as a solo and continuo cellist with Music City Baroque, and with Bourbon Baroque.
Vox Grata Women’s Choir is comprised of joyful women who, out of gratitude for the fullness of their own lives, possess a desire to sing together for the benefit of others. The group performs repertoire that expresses a uniquely feminine spirit, especially works that promote the best interests of women in society. Vox Grata was founded by Jeanette MacCallum who serves as its Artistic Director. Dr. Susan Kelley is Associate Conductor and Dr. John Seming-son is Accompanist of the choir.
Cellist Matt Walker, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Florida State University, joined the Nashville Symphony in 1999. In 2002, Matt helped found ALIAS and he has since appeared regularly with the ensemble as a cellist, bassist, guitarist and composer. Matt has composed many pieces that have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe. In 2012, he was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet, which performed his “Arabian Blues” in May 2012. That same month, Yo-Yo Ma premiered Matt’s cello duo “Yo-Yo Joe.”
Violinist Jeremy Williams, who joined the Nashville Symphony in 1988, holds bachelor’s degrees in music and psychology from the University of Michi-gan and a Master’s Degree in Music from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Andres Cardenes. In addition to regular appearances with ALIAS, he has played with Excelsior String Quartet and the Red Springs Ensemble, which he founded.