Meet the Staff
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Name: Chris Andrade
Head of Productions
Year at Southern: Fourth
Major: Violin Performance - Pre-med track
Hometown: Westborough, MA
Other Places Lived: Mantena, MG, Brazil
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, gaming, parkour
Current Favorite Book: Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, The Noble House, Brave New World, Harry Potter series, Macbeth, Invisible Man
Current Favorite Movies: Matrix, The Prestige, Inception, Shutter Island, The Dark Knight
Favorite Composers: Verdi, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Debussy, Liszt, Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky
My Other Favorite Things: Playing violin, writing and arranging music
Name: Esther Ferraz
Year at Southern: Junior
Major: Music (Piano, General Track)
Hometown: Watford, England
Other Places Lived: Le Vaud, Switzerland; Sankt Peter am Hart, Austria; Lillooet, British Columbia; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Holly, Michigan
Hobbies: Travel, camping, playing music with others, exercise, cooking, speaking/learning other languages
Favorite Books: Song of Eve and other books by June Strong
Favorite Movies: Ben Hur and other older movies
Favorite Composers: Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Piazzolla, Schumann
My Other Favorite Things: Frozen fruit and sunny days
Name: Justin Hernandez
Year at Southern: Third
Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Hometown: Lancaster, MA
Name: Mariah Hilsmann
Year at Southern: Junior
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Hobbies: photography, reading, music, theater
Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit
Favorite Movies: Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Anastasia, classic Disney movies
Favorite Composers: Bach, Beethoven
Other Favorite Things: Netflix marathons, surpassing my peers, adventure, swinging, fresh baked bread, Chicago, cheetahs, ice cream, robin's egg blue, good hair days, swishy dresses, singing with woodland animals
Name: Madison Johnston
Year at Southern: Junior
Hometown: Manchester, NH and Austin, TX
Other Places Lived: Calhoun, GA and Tennessee
Hobbies: Running, art, photography, shopping, spending time with friends, reading, playing music
Favorite Books: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
Favorite Movies: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Help, Skyfall
Favorite Composers: Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mozart
My Other Favorite Things: I'm a dog person, and I absolutely love mangoes and goldfish but not together. My favorite sound is the ocean at night and my favorite smell is coconut and vanilla.
Josué Loyola Roncal
Name: Josue Loyola-Roncal
Year at Southern: Senior
Major: Global Policy and Service Studies & International Studies (French)
Hometown: A big town called Las Rozas about 15 minutes from Madrid, Spain.
Other Places Lived: I moved to Miami, FL at the age of 12.
Hobbies: Reading and watching the news, playing and watching soccer from Spain, listening and learning about new languages, watching film trailers and learning about new technology.
Favorite Books: I love reading nonfiction. Inspiring or motivating memoirs like The Color of Water or Tuesdays with Morrie. I am slowly coming back to the fiction genre with Game of Thrones and The Hobbit. One subgenre that I recently picked up is economics.
Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Interstellar, The Passion of the Christ, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, The Dark Knight trilogy, Amelie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inception, The Theory of Everything.
Favorite Composers: J.S. Bach, Gustav Mahler, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Pablo de Sarasate, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Howard Shore.
My Other Favorite Things: I love tigers and other big cats!
Name: Tyler Rand
Year at Southern: Senior
Major: Music Theory/Literature B.S.
Hometown: Jefferson, Massachusetts
Other Places Lived: Tokyo, Japan
Hobbies: Collecting sheet music, running, reading, trying new foods, cooking, oboe
Favorite Books: Alas, Babylon; To Kill a Mockingbird; Les Miserables; and the Letters of Robert Schumann
Favorite Movies: The Terminal; Spirited Away; Paris, j'taime; Slumdog Millionaire; Memoirs of a Geisha; and August: Osage County
Favorite Composers: André Previn, Barber, Ravel, Scriabin, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Philip Glass, John Adams, Mahler, Richard Strauss
My Other Favorite Things: Indie and Folk music, driving, New England, Middle Eastern food, and travelling abroad
Scott’s an odd mixture of a lot of things. Born a Yankee, he does his best to fit in as a Southern gentleman despite his dry sense of humor. He grew up in New York and graduated from the University of Delaware with a dual bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He then worked in market research on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and fell madly in love with his wife, Brenda. They moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was the business manager for two radio stations for six years.
Brenda gave birth to their first child, prompting a move back to the Eastern Shore to open a daycare center just in time for their second child. After running the daycare center for 10 years, they relocated to Chattanooga to be near Southern Adventist University.
As the general manager for WSMC, Scott oversees all operations of the station. In his spare time—apart from tasks in administration, engineering, finance, marketing, programming, and WSMC's website (and if he can sneak out of meetings and phone calls)—he spends time working directly with membership and planned giving and spreading the word about WSMC in the community. He sees WSMC making a difference in the area, building bridges between generations, and being an entertainment option that encourages lifelong learning while being free from commercial clutter and offensive material.
In his personal time, Scott thoroughly enjoys annoying his children with lectures about good morals, playing with his three dogs, reading novels about international espionage, analyzing bizarre facts, and dreaming about new types of gooey chocolate cake.
From his earliest memories, music has played a significant role in Rob’s life. His grandmother loved the opera and the symphony. He recalls her talking about “going over town” to attend the concerts at the Roberson Center in Binghamton, NY. His father served as a Marine in WWII. He loved marches and march music! Each Sunday morning he and his siblings would awaken to marches Dad telling them it was time to get out of bed. Mom played the piano and Dad sang. Rob can recall hearing his father sing hymns after they had all gone to bed. Then there was the weekly trip in the old station wagon going to church with all seven children, Mom and Dad, and Grandma. They would sing and harmonize with each other along the way. Music has had a strong influence in Rob’s life.
In elementary, middle and junior high Rob was a part of the chorus. When he was a junior in high school he went off to Union Springs Academy (boarding Seventh-day Adventist high school) where he was asked to join the small traveling choir. Then in college, he again sang in the choir and small touring group. He is thankful to his college choir director for giving him the opportunity to sing in such places as the Crystal Cathedral, St. Bartholomew’s in NYC and many, many more places.
Rob met his wife, Carol, while attending Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA. Many of their early dates were her playing the piano and him singing or him pretending to play guitar and her playing flute. He is sure their love for music has been an influence on their children. Both of their kids, Robby and Cayla, are music majors at Southern Adventist University. Robby wants to be a teacher and Cayla wants to be a music therapist. Rob really doesn’t know who he would be today if he had not been influenced by good music along the way.
Rob moved to Collegedale in November of 2003 and began working for Southern Adventist University in the development office—first as the director and later as the senior gift officer. In November of 2013, he began working at WSMC as its gift officer and he just loves being around the many student announcers and music lovers. He feels as though he has come home.