2019 Camp Clinicians
SANDI THOMAS is the Director of Dominion Show Choir Camp in addition to being the Director of the Choral Department at Clover Hill High School. There, she leads two show choirs: Iridescence, and the nationally ranked New Dimensions. Clover Hill's show choirs travel the country and consistently win top honors at show choir competitions.
RACHEL SNYDER is the Director of the Martinsburg South Middle School show choir, South Spirit. She has coached this group the past 8 years, spending the first 3 transitioning them into competitive show choir. The past 5 years they have won the WV state championship with Best Vocals, Best Show Design, and Best Choreography. They have also captured Best Solos and Best Instrumental Solos. Her group has traveled to Ohio, Virginia, and Florida as well, receiving Grand Champions multiple times, and 2nd and 3rd place among High School Divisions. Rachel also directs the middle school choirs at South, and is a judge in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom's Got Talent Show. Rachel was also selected as a Top 5 Finalist for Berkeley County Teacher of the Year in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. A Jersey Girl at heart, she now resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys all things fitness, traveling, and inspiring.
BRIAN RODABAUGH is a choreographer and clinician for both competitive and non-competitive show choirs throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He obtained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Ohio Northern University. Brian has worked with over thirty schools where he has choreographed, directed, and presented clinics for both Show Choirs and Musical Theatre programs. His groups have consistently received excellent and superior ratings in competitions throughout the Midwest. In addition to placing high within their respective classes and overall competitions, his groups have received awards for Best Choreography, Best Show Design, Best Costumes, Best Vocals and Best Combo. Brian also choreographs shows for high school and community theatre companies and has performed in several theatrical shows as a featured dancer. He is a member of “Pointillism Jazz Consort”, a professional dance company based out of Akron, Ohio. In the summer of 2010, Brian’s work was featured in the regional premiere of Victor, Victoria with the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The Toledo Blade newspaper called Brian Rodabaugh’s choreography “Lively and often scene-stealing”. He recently choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone and Avenue Q for Heidelberg University School of Music and Theatre. Brian is in his third year at Heidelberg University as the Resident Choreographer for the “Singing Collegians".
MICHAEL SOUDERS, originally from Chambersburg, PA, performed heavily in musical groups, as well as professional musical theater, through his high school years. In 1989, Michael moved to Virginia to attend James Madison University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Worship. He performed in many of the top ensembles at JMU with a heavy jazz emphasis, as pianist for the JMU Jazz Ensemble and several small jazz combos, as well as a trumpet soloist in the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. He spent time focusing on piano and songwriting, as well as studying advertising, arranging and recording with renowned composer Robert W. Smith. He also spent four summers performing as a keyboardist and bandleader at King's Dominion theme park in Doswell, VA. In 2005, Michael started teaching full-time in Colonial Heights Public Schools, where he now teaches elementary music, while writing and producing much of the music they use. He and his wife, Angela, have several songs published by Alfred Publishing, the largest educational music publisher in the world, and have been awarded the “Editor’s Choice” status twice from J.W. Pepper Music Distributors. Their brand of music, “Positive American Music,” has become known throughout the world, and their YouTube channel “msouders37” boasts over 4.5 million views and over 2,200 subscribers.
ANGELA SOUDERS was born and raised in Chesterfield County, graduating from Matoaca High School. Throughout her life, she has been a featured singer/dancer in numerous musical theater performances at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, Lee Playhouse, and Tidewater Dinner Theater. Angela started dancing at the age of two and went on to perform with the Tidewater and Petersburg Ballets and studied Musical Theater at the Governor’s School of Performing Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. In high school, Angela continued her studies in dance and performed at Kings Dominion Theme Park as a dancer/singer from 1992-1995. After high school, Angela went on to earn a degree in counseling and dance from Old Dominion University and taught at Wilkin’s School of Dance. After college, Angela earned a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching and worked alongside her husband for 9 years at a large church leading their music ministry which included creating and directing multiple theatrical performances. Currently, Angela and Michael live in Midlothian, Virginia, and write songs for Alfred Publishing. In addition to caring for her four children and working as a Special Education at Woolridge Elementary School, Angela choreographs and teaches musical theater classes for CharacterWorks Theater.
JUAN PINEDA (Voice, Acting, Piano) is a Broadway veteran, international artist, and proud member of Actor's Equity Association. Mr. Pineda has performed in Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Public Theater, and at The Broadway Theater, where he starred as "Thuy" in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. He has also performed roles in productions of The King & I, L'Elisir d'amore, Cavelleria Rusticana, Babes in Toyland and Turandot in the US and abroad. Mr. Pineda has been recognized and performed at Lincoln Center's Concert of Excellence, honoring leading Asian Artists. Mr. Pineda is a co-founder of the Pineda Conservatory and has directed, recorded, and taught voice, acting, and musical theatre throughout New York and New Jersey.
KATIE PEPPER is a recent graduate from Clover Hill High School and former member of Encore Studio’s Collaborative dance company. While in high school, she performed on Clover Hill’s dance team, the Cavalettes, and was a teacher’s assistant for jazz, acro, and hip-hop at Encore. Throughout her career, she attended national dance conventions and won scholarships for dance programs in Las Vegas and Orlando from Velocity Dance Convention, Radix Dance Convention, 24Seven Dance Convention, and Hall of Fame Competition. She has competed multiple solos along the east coast which have received various recognitions and national honors. Katie has trained under renowned choreographers such as Whitney Bezzant (Jennifer Lopez), Ade Obayomi (So You Think You Can Dance), Mollee Gray (Disney), Talia Favia (The Difference Between Company), and more. To further her dance education, she expanded her skills in heels with instructor Yanis Marshall at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She currently attends Virginia Tech and is a member of the HighTechs dance team. Katie is excited to return to Dominion as a clinician and share her experience in a variety of styles.
AMIR KHOZAEI has been the Technical Director of Clover Hill High School and its show choirs for the past 6 years! In his spare time, he creates and designs spectacular shows and events not only for Clover Hill HS but for the Clover Hill Show Choirs as well. Amir was in New Dimensions his junior and senior year and since then has been an integral part of the choral program. He is also a student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying pure mathematics with a minor in business. Aside from being a part of the show choir family, he is also a VCU Student Admissions Ambassador and a Camp Kesem counselor.