Carey Strings

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 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 has wide experience as an orchestral musician as well as a teacher. He started his professional career as a principal double bass at the PUCRS Philharmonic Orchestra (Brazil), and with the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), where he developed a vast acquaintance with orchestral repertoire. He also played with many other orchestras in Brazil such as the Lutheran University Orchestra, Caxias do Sul University Orchestra, São Pedro Chamber Orchestras, and taught at the Ivoti Institute of Education. Currently, Mr. Dahmer is a member of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with orchestras such as Pensacola Symphony, Mississippi Symphony and Gulf Coast Symphony.

Dahmer earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2003. He also holds a Master of Music from The University of Southern Mississippi, and at the same institution he is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Double Bass Performance and Pedagogy.

In 2013 Dahmer joined the Winter School of Music at William Carey University as an adjunct double bass professor.