Jennifer Dail is a violin instructor and director of String Ensemble at the WSO Academy of Music and the current concertmaster of the Academy's Summer Philharmonic. She completed her undergraduate studies at Liberty University, where she was the concertmaster of the Liberty University Orchestra. Jennifer has held title roles in such operas as I Pagliacci, Die Zauberflote, Die Fledermaus and Othello and is a member of the WSO Chamber Singers. She has performed as a soprano soloist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra on two occasions and is the Director of Worship Ministries at Greensburg Alliance Church.
Lisa Thackrah is in her 19th year as music teacher at Christ the Divine Teacher School in Latrobe. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ohio University and a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of South Carolina. Currently, she is a member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, WSO Academy Summer Philharmonic, Saint Vincent Basilica Parish Choir, Westmoreland County Music Educators Association and the International Clarinet Association. In addition to her teaching duties at CDT, she is also the Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Seton Hill University and Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Saint Vincent College.
Matthew Hettinga is a professional freelance violist and teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his bachelor's degree in viola performance from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied violin with Cyrus Forough and viola with David Harding.
Matthew served two seasons in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland Symphony.
Sarah Ferrell (Née Morris) is a native of Jeannette, PA and is an active cellist in the local community. She in an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University and currently holds a studio of fifteen students through the SHU Community Music Program and Westmoreland Symphony Academy of Music. She is the cello coach of Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra and Seton Hill University Sinfonia, and performs with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Ferrell received her B.M. in Cello Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, studying under former Baltimore Symphony Principal Cellist, Mihaly Virizlay, and her M.M. in Cello Performance from Boston University, studying under Muir String Quartet Cellist, Michael Reynolds.
She has attended numerous music camps and workshops including: CelloMind, ASTA, Pittsburgh Advanced Chamber Music Seminar, Meadowmount, Encore School for Strings, the Point Chamber Orchestra tour in Italy, and appeared on an HBO special, The Night of Legends. She has performed master classes with Cellists such as David Hardy, Alan Stepansky, Emilio Colon, Pieter Wispelwey, and Yo-Yo Ma.