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. In 2019, South Spirit swept their division, bringing home a Grand Champion finish from Show Choir Nationals! Rachel also directs the middle school choirs at South, and is a judge in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom's Got Talent Show. Rachel was 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 the Mid-West and East Coast .He obtained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in
Musical Theatre Performance from Ohio Northern University. Throughout his 15 year career 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 United States. Along with his accomplishments in show choir he can be found working with several theatre companies and has performed in theatrical shows as a featured dancer throughout Ohio. He is a member of “Pointillism Jazz Consort”, a professional dance company based out of Akron, Ohio.
JAY WILLIAMS - International Choreographer, Performing Artist, and Clover Hill Show Choir Alumni J.Static, has taught and performed original pieces and music all over the world. Performing from Virginia, and New York, to Colombia, & Mexico. With over 6 years of professional show choir and dance company experience J.Static brings a level of energy and feeling to the stage and classroom that’s truly remarkable and indescribable. You can follow the journey on all social media platforms @JStaticPlanetX. Continue to be you and Be EXtraOrdinary.
KIRSTEN FERGUSON is a music educator who currently serves as the director of choral activities at Swift Creek Middle School and LC Bird High School. She graduated with honors in the spring of 2018 from Virginia Commonwealth University and received the "Outstanding Achievement in Music Education" award. During her studies, she toured with the Commonwealth Singers throughout the United States and to perform in Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, she competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and received numerous awards and honors. She also played an active role in the VCU Opera, and Choral programs. She is thrilled to be a part of the Dominion Show Choir Camp this year and share her love of music!
BREANNA FORD is a Clover Hill High School alumna. While in high school, she served as dance captain to Clover Hill’s show choirs, Iridescence and New Dimensions, and played leading roles in Clover Hill's theatre program and in local films. Throughout her time in show choir, Breanna won numerous Outstanding Performer Awards and received opportunities to perform with the choirs with celebrities such as Kristen Chenoweth and Foreigner. Breanna continually expands her performance skills through additional singing lessons and recreational dance classes. Breanna currently studies Health Science and Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a dance instructor at Grace Arts and professionally teaches choreography to Chesterfield County middle schoolers.
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.
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.
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.
ARIEL ADAMS is an alumna of Clover Hill High School and both of their show choirs, Iridescence and New Dimensions. While attending Clover Hill, she was Iridescence dance captain for two years, spending 4 years total in the choir, and doubled in New Dimensions for three. With the lessons taught to her by Sandi Thomas and Antwon Chavis, she graduated and was accepted at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., where she now majors in Jazz Studies with a concentration in vocal performance. She works on music independently under the alias, AIA, when she is not busy with her studies.
NIA JONES is a member of the 2019 graduating class at Clover Hill. She has been interested in Zumba since middle school & fell in love after one class. It is now her favorite pastime and stress reliever. She is excited to open herself up to more opportunities at Randolph- Macon College in the fall. She has a passion for singing and dancing so she is excited to work with everyone at Dominion this week.