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Alana Carithers, violin and camp director

Alana Pritchard Carithers, violin, graduated in 1999 from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Bob Jones University in 1997. During her time at Northwestern, she served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Principal Second Violin of the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. She also received her Suzuki Certification with the renowned Betty Haag of Chicago. She was one of the founding members of the MusiCorp program in Chicago, a grant funded chamber music program to take music into the inner city schools and churches of the Chicago area. In 2005, she began Vivace!, a great summer camp for students in the Richmond/ and Chesapeake areas. She began her orchestral career as the Associate Principal Second Violin of the Colorado Springs Symphony in 2000 and held that post until 2003. She played as a member of both the DaVinci String Quartet and the Hausmusik String Quartet, in addition to having a private teaching studio. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra and on the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.  She has participated in residencies at SIAS International University in Henan Province, CHINA and The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii.  She plays several solo and chamber recitals each year throughout Virginia. She is currently violinist with the Oberon Quartet in Residence at St. Catherines School, teaches in the Richmond area and has played as part of the Richmond Symphony since September 2003.


Dana McComb, cello and chamber instructor


Loretta Carreras McCray, violin, assistant camp director

Loretta Carreras McCray began studying the violin at the age of eight.  In 1990, she received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Master of Music degree in violin performance from The Catholic University of America in 1995.  Her performing experience includes soloing with the University of Richmond Orchestra and a private concert in the Vatican for his holiness, Pope John Paul II; as well as performances at the National Press Club and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. She has appeared on several radio and television broadcasts in Richmond and has played for many musicals in Richmond theaters including Barksdale Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, and Theatre IV.  She established the Somerset Quartet in 1993.  Loretta is a trained instructor in the Suzuki Method and has continued her education in performing and teaching through workshops and masterclasses with Dorothy Delay at New York University, Barbara Barber, Rachel Barton Pine, Pamela Frank, Mark O’Conner, and Brian Lewis. In 2005, she partnered with Alana Carithers to present Vivace! Music Camp to the Richmond area.  She attended the 2009 Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School of Music.  She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of America, The Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and the American String Teacher’s Association.  Loretta teaches the 2nd Grade String Ensemble for St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools and maintains a private studio.

Alyssa Evans, violin

Alyssa Evans began studying violin at the age of three with Mary Ann Mears in Colorado. After moving to Richmond, she studied with Pamela Hentges, Assistant Principal Second Violin of the National Symphony. Alyssa received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Bob Jones University in 2001. In May 2003, she completed a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance. Alyssa has been a member of the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic and the Winston-Salem Symphony and has been a faculty member at the Masterworks Festival. Currently, Alyssa resides in Richmond, Virginia and plays regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra while maintaining a private violin studio and teaching private violin lessons at Collegiate School.

Brian Evans, viola and orchestra conductor

Brian Evans began his musical studies on the violin at the age of thirteen and on the viola as a junior in high school. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Bob Jones University in 2001 and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance in 2003. Brian served as Principle Viola in the BJU Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2003. He has been a member of the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, and frequently performed with the Winston Salem Symphony. He also has appeared in a masterclass with the Cavani Quartet. During his graduate work, Brian was a member of the string faculty at the Alia Lawson Pre-College at Converse College. Brian is a certified Suzuki Method instructor and has taught students ranging in age from four to seventy-five. Currently, he teaches at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools as a private instructor as well as conductor of the Lower School String Ensemble. He also performs with the Williamsburg Symphonia and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Belle Arte Quartet

 Kathy Pritchard, piano and theory

Kathy Pritchard, a native of Colorado, has been part of the Richmond community since 1989.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Bob Jones University and has taught piano and theory for more than 40 years.  Her skills as an accompanist and chamber musician have been used in recitals, master classes, and competitions, most recently in Indiana at the Masterworks Festival, in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center, and here in Richmond, where she particularly enjoys accompanying and assisting young performers.  She has accompanied for many professional musicians of all instrumentation and been a recital accompanist for many VCU students. She is a member of the American College of Musicians and serves as a judge for local, regional and national competitions.  She enjoys orchestrating and arranging instrumental music for churches and weddings.  Kathy is married to Sparky Pritchard, Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Richmond, and they have three grown daughters and 9 grandchildren.