ANNIE WOLAVER DUPRE
Annie Wolaver is a renowned violinist, Juilliard pre-college graduate, and recording artist with a diverse musical and stylistic background. She was born in 1983 in Waco, Texas. After her parents moved to Nashville, TN, she started violin lessons at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. Annie's connection with the violin was immediate. In the spring of 1995, at the age of twelve, she made her solo debut with orchestra as the winner of the Nashville Youth Symphony's Concerto Competition, an accomplishment she would repeat in 1996 and 1998.Annie also began participating in the Aspen Music Festival, an intense summer program for serious classical musicians from around the world, where she was a scholarship student for five years. In 1996, she was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Junior High String Competition. In addition, she was the winner of the Blount Concerto Competition, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, at thirteen years of age, a pleasure she would repeat the following year as a featured soloist on the MSO's Outreach Concert Series.
Annie's drive, combined with her parent's continued encouragement, support and vision, soon led her to the Cincinnati Conservatory, and ultimately to New York City and the violin studio of Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School in 1999. That same year, Annie was awarded the national title at the Music Teacher's National Association's Senior High String Competition. She served as concertmistress of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, and as a chamber musician has performed in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Annie was also privileged to be one of 13 violinists awarded scholarships upon acceptance into the Juilliard School's Collegiate Division.
In the year 2000, she founded the Annie Moses Band with her family as lead singer and violinist. Nine years later, with over 10 albums to their credit and performing 90 concerts a year, the Annie Moses Band continues to spread its message of artistic and spiritual excellence to audiences across America. The flagship enterprise for their mission is the Fine Arts Summer Academy, a two week intensive program culminating in an original Broadway style performance, offering students a high level of skill and a diverse array of styles. Annie feels profoundly blessed to be part of the Annie Moses Band and looks forward to a bright future as a musical leader.
ROBIN DONICA WOLAVER
Robin Donica Wolaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Twice nominated for a Dove award for her songwriting, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and fellow composer, Bill Wolaver, and their six children, Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Camille, Gretchen, and Jeremiah--who, together, comprise the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Annie Moses Band.
Robin believes we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of this generation primarily through the influence of the arts. To that end, she has founded the non-profit 501(C)3 Annie Moses Foundation to equip parents and communities in vocationally training a new generation of young, highly-skilled musicians.
Duane Manning received his Bachelor of Science in Speech Education with a proficiency in Interpretation and a minor in English from Bob Jones University. He has received a Professional Certificate from the American Association of Christian Schools.
NCCSA Speech Division Chairman since 1988; Board of Directors with the ANNIE MOSES MINISTRIES, Nashville, TN; Upper and Younger Division Drama Director with the Annie Moses FINE ARTS SUMMER ACADEMY in Nashville, TN; Alamance County Teacher of the Year nominee; workshop leader for the NCCSA state Teacher's Convention; workshop leader Tennessee Temple University; teacher for 33 years at Alamance Christian School.
One might say that Benjamin Wolaver got an early start: he began studying cello at the age of four and writing short stories and poetry at the age of eight. In 2000, he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Program and went on to found the Annie Moses Band in 2002 with his family. Since then he has collaborated extensively as a songwriter, composing lyrics and co-writing several children's musicals with his mother, Robin. He also directs and writes shows for the group's annual Fine Arts Summer Academy. An avid reader, Benjamin enjoys history, fiction, theology, and a good cup of coffee to go along.
In 2012, he graduated from the University of London with a BA in English Literature, and is currently working on a novel, a play, and a screenplay. His favorite things include foreign films, classic novels, historical tours, canoeing, winning Balderdash, and blogging.
Bill Wolaver received his BM in piano performance from Oklahoma City University. He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies. He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers. Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.' In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.' He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band.
James DaSilva is a recent graduate of Belmont University. While in school, James played electric guitar in the top music ensembles under the direction of Dr. Jeff Kirk (Maynard Ferguson and the Eagles) and Rahsaan Barber (Aretha Franklin) and has studied guitar privately with Mario DaSilva, Paul Abrams, Shane Roberts, Matthew Von Doran, and Stan Lassiter. Since 2008, James has been an instructor at The Jam Advanced Summer Music Camp and the Fine Arts Summer Academy, two major music camps in Nashville, TN. He has experience teaching private guitar students and group courses involving the subjects of music theory, jazz improvisation, and arranging.
For two years James has been employed as a guitar instructor with the Conservatory of Annie Moses, where he created curriculum, implemented lesson plans, managed student traffic, and taught private lessons and group classes. In 2013, James worked as the Music Director for jazz vocalist Joshua Carswell, scheduling and leading rehearsals, organizing music and communicating with players. He also worked as assistant arranger for the Living Stone Music Company.
Over the course of his young career, James has had the opportunity to perform/record with some of the greatest musicians and artists in the world: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rodney Whittaker, Earth Wind and Fire, Phil Keaggy, Rod McGaha, Pete Christlieb, Shannon Forest, Jeff Coffin, The McCrary Sisters, Vince Gill, Tommy Sims, Phil Lassiter, Mark Letteri, Rahsaan Barber and Everyday Magic, El Movimiento, the Annie Moses Band, and many others. James is an in-demand performing and studio guitarist in Nashville, TN and beyond.