the show creators
ROBIN DONICA WOLAVER - WRITER/dIRECTOR
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. She is the mother of the siblings that comprise the folk classical group, Annie Moses Band, and was instrumental in founding the group.
A prolific creative, Robin has written and directed numerous musicals including the acclaimed The Voyage of the Friendship as well as the memoir, The Song of Annie Moses, released through Guideposts Publishing.
Robin believes we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our youth 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.
ANNIE WOLAVER DUPRE - WRITER/dIRECTOR
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 Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, a 12-day event culminating in original performances at premier venues, 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.
BENJAMIN WOLAVER - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Benjamin Wolaver began his cello studies at the age of 4 at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. At the age of 10 he auditioned and was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-college Program where he studied under Ann Alton. He tours professionally as a cellist with the Annie Moses Band, performing 80+ concerts annually. With the Band he has recorded over 10 albums including the chart-topping American Rhapsody and This Glorious Christmas as well as two PBS specials including the Emmy-nominated The Art of the Love Song. Benjamin has also performed with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and been a frequent guest at the Grand Ole Opry.
A writer and author, Benjamin is a graduate of the University of London's English Literature Distance Program, where he earned the Academic Achievement Award for his essays in Renaissance Comedy. He is the author of an original children's musical The Flight of the Fiery Chariot and is currently working on a historical novel. Benjamin shares his thoughts on literature, art, theology and history at The Wakefire.com. The Director of Development for the Annie Moses Foundation, Benjamin oversees the show creation process for the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival.
ALEX WOLAVER - writer/director
Alex Wolaver is a singer/songwriter/producer living in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Berklee Wolaver, and their children, Audrey, Evangeline, and Anna. Alex travels as a singer/violist with the Annie Moses Band, performing over 80 concerts annually before approximately 100,000 people. The group has multiple successful specials performing on Christian TV as well as PBS and LeSea Broadcasting.
A Juilliard School alumni, Alex has won prodigious competitions such as the Curb Concerto Competition and has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He has produced several award-winning albums, including 'Through the Looking Glass', 'This Glorious Christmas' (reaching top ten on Billboard Magazine's classical crossover chart), 'Pilgrims & Prodigals', and is currently working in Nashville, TN.
BILL WOLAVER - COMPOSER/ARRANGER
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 for 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 - COMPOSER/ARRANGER
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 Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, two major music events 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.