Carey Strings Program‐William Carey University offers string performance concentrations in violin, viola, cello, and bass. In addition to applied study with active professional performers, Carey strings students have the opportunity to play literature for string ensemble. Sinfonietta Ensemble, accompany major works, and perform chamber music in a variety of settings. For audition information contact or additional information regarding the strings program at Carey, contact Dr. Don Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-318-6178.
Sasha Ferreira, Violin
Sasha began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba, where he studied with Professor Alejandro Ferreira. After moving to the United States, Sasha obtained his masters degree from The University of Southern Mississippi under Dr. Stephen Redfield and his doctoral degree from The University of Georgia under Professor Levon Ambartsumian. As a soloist and chamber musician, Sasha has performed in Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and in the United States. He also has been featured in many recordings including two as a soloist. Throughout his career, Sasha has won several prizes in competitions in Cuba and Peru. Parallel to performing, he has been actively engaged with teaching and recently joining the faculty of the Winter Music School at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Daniela Pardo, Viola
Ms. Pardo’s musical experience includes fifteen years with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela where she also was an active chamber musician. For 15 years she taught viola at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, and coached young musicians within “El Sistema”. After holding the string department chair position at the Wisconsin Conservatory for ten years and founding the Suzuki program there, Daniela now teaches middle and high school orchestra in the Hattiesburg Public Schools and also maintains a private violin and viola studio in Hattiesburg. In addition, she regularly performs with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and is an adjunct music professor at William Carey University. Future plans include the opening of a Suzuki program at William Carey in fall, 2013.
Rebekah Star Johnson, Cello
As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, cellist Rebekah Stark Johnson has toured throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and Europe. She received her bachelor of music in cello performance from Indiana University, studying with world-renowned cellist, Janos Starker. She continued her studies at Rice University and completed a master of music degree at Michigan State University. Stark Johnson's other associations have included the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Cassini Ensemble, and the Detroit Symphony with which she performed in Carnegie Hall in 1988 and toured Euorpe in 1989.
Rebekah served as assistant professor on the music faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1991 to 1995. She was a member of the Promenade Baroque ensemble and Trio Bolero, an ensemble of two guitars and cello. In Trio Bolero's 2011, an ensemble of two guitars and cello. In Trio Bolero's 20ll performance at the Marlow International Guitar Series, the Washington Post review described Stark Johnson as having, "a fine romantic imagination and a rich singing tone on the cello."
Currently residing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Rebekah performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, she is also maintains a class of private cello students and is an adjunct faculty member at William Carey University.
Samuel Dahmer, Bass
Mr. Dahmer is a doctoral performance major in bass. His extensive knowledge of string literature and his expertise as a symphonic and chamber music artist provides Carey students with outstanding teaching.
Trio Indigo ‐ Carey’s own string trio, is an outstanding faculty ensemble, is comprised of Sasha Ferreira, violin, Daniela Pardo, viola, and Rebekah Stark Johnson, cello. The ensemble offers a variety of recitals and chamber music concerts each year. In 2014 they will release their first recording under the WSM label featuring original works by Howard Keever, Professor of Theory and Composition at Carey.
Their mutual interest in music and cultures from around the world led Sasha, Daniela, and Rebekah to merge their musical experience and diverse backgrounds to form the Trio Indigo. Their repertoire consist of classical master works, combined with contrasting ethnic music from Latin America and Spain.
Trio Indigo's vibrant personalities are apparent from the first note to the last . With their lush legato bow strokes and rhythmic percussive pizzicatos, their style appeals to audiences of all backgrounds. For information regarding booking Trio Indigo‐contact Dr. Don Odom at email@example.com or 601-318-6178.