Playbill | Meet the Orchestra



Lisa has played violin and viola in pit orchestras for North Carolina Theatre, the Henderson Rec Players, William Peace University, and a variety of Broadway touring shows. She is happy to join the players at NC State for SpongeBob!


Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Bobby is currently in his 29 th year of teaching and his 18th year serving as band director at Salem Middle School in Apex, NC. He is an active trumpet player, having played with such artists as Idina Menzel, Aretha Franklin, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Olivia Newton John, Weird Al Yankovic, Bobby Vinton, Ben Vereen, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Harry James Orchestra, and many more. He also plays in the orchestra for many nationally touring Broadway musicals at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), and the Duke Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Bobby and his wife, Claudia, have been married for 27 years, and are proud parents of twins, Hannah and Abby, who are currently first-year students at NC State!



Pravnav is a first-year student in computer science. Kumar has been playing violin for the past 14 years, participating in various youth orchestras around the Raleigh-Durham area. They are currently a member of the Raleigh Civic Symphony.



Jonathan, Cello, retired as Teaching Professor of Music and Arts Studies at NC State after 35 years. As a cellist, Dr. Kramer has performed as principal of the Tucson (AZ) Symphony and as a member of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the North Carolina Symphony. Among his teachers are Aldo Parisot, Gordon Epperson, Raya Garbousova, David Wells, Madeline Foley, and Maurice Gendron. He has concertized extensively as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. as well as in Russia, India, Korea, Canada, Austria, Bulgaria, U. K., Switzerland, and Italy. As ethnomusicologist, Dr. Kramer has been awarded Senior Fulbright Fellowships at Banaras-Hindu University in India and at Chosun University in Kwangju, South Korea, and spent two summers at the Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Arts in Seoul. He has lectured on global issues in music and aesthetics in the United States, the U. K., Korea, India, China, Japan, Suriname, and Uganda. He is co-author, with Dr. Alison Arnold, of a college-level World Music textbook called What in the World Is Music? published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis in 2016. The 2nd. edition will be published in Fall. Jonathan holds advanced degrees from Duke University and the Graduate School of the Union Institute.


Violin I

Sherry has been performing as a violinist and violist in the Triangle for over 20 years, having played NCS Summerfest and Holiday Pops series, Opera Company of NC, NC Theatre, Bill Leslie & Lorica, and many other ensembles in the area. Currently, Sherry freelances for weddings, churches, and as many shows as possible and enjoys teaching music and STEM at Southside Christian School. She is wife to her husband Tom, and mom to her two boys, Luke & Mark, who can’t wait to see this show. Sherry loves playing all styles of music and is excited to play another show with the talented folk of NC State University Theatre!


French Horn

David J. Lewis II is an avid freelancer from Eastern North Carolina. David began his horn studies at East Carolina University. He then continued his studies at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his graduate degree in music performance. His primary instructors include Dr. Mary Burroughs (ECU), and William Caballero/Robert Lauver (CMU). Other instructors include Andrew Mcafee, Chris Caudill, Steve Kostyniak, and Dan Grabois. Past performing experience includes the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, NC Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Currently, David is pursuing a clinical counseling license while working in the human service field when not performing.


Electric, Acoustic, Lap Steel Guitars

Allyn plays steel guitar and guitar and has been a veteran of the Nashville music scene for 40 years. In addition to touring the world with Steve Wariner and Jo Dee Messina, Allyn has shared the stage with Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, The Judds, Jean Shepard and many others. He now makes his home in Raleigh and stays busy with his home studio.


Guitar, Ukelele, Banjo

Bernie is one of North Carolina’s critically acclaimed guitarists. His diverse background includes appearances with a variety of jazz, rock, Americana, and rhythm and blues ensembles. He has recorded and/or appeared in concert with nationally known artists Pat Benatar, Erich Kunzel (conductor St. Louis Symphony), Neil Sedaka, The Bee Gees, David Palmer (Jethro Tull), Monica Mancini, Bill Conti, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), the Pointer Sisters, Larry Coryell and many others. Bernie has frequently been a guest soloist with the NC Symphony and has provided guitar accompaniment for many local North Carolina theater companies as well as national touring productions. He has composed music for television programs nationally syndicated by PBS. He dedicates this performance to his wife Diane.


Reed 2

University Theatre welcomes Erik to the SpongeBob orchestra pit.



Daniel lives and works in Cary, NC. He has performed in a handful of shows around the Triangle area as well as worked on specialized projects with local theaters. When he is not performing, he enjoys composing, recording, and mixing his own music at home.


Reeds, Woodwinds

As a woodwind instrumentalist Steve has performed with numerous national Broadway touring companies, North Carolina Theatre, Theatre in the Park, UNC Playmakers, Raleigh Little Theatre, and NCSU student productions. He has also performed in concert with the North Carolina Symphony, the Tar River Orchestra and various jazz bands. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Steve also spent undergraduate years at NC State, performing in the NCSU Concert Band, NCSU Symphony Orchestra, jazz and pep bands.


Foley Artist

Adam is a senior in environmental sciences and anthropology. This is Adam’s first production with NC State University Theatre, and he is excited to put on a good show.



University Theatre welcomes David to the SpongeBob orchestra pit.



Nancy is a collaborative pianist and musical director with 30+ years experience working with vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers in both classical and theatrical genres. Most recently she was Key 1 on the Frozen national tour (until COVID hit); prior to Frozen she was lead pianist for the national tour of An American in Paris (with her husband, Les Webster, as drummer/percussionist). Before AAIP, she was associate musical director and children’s musical director for the Matilda the Musical national tour. Off the road, she has been musical director for regional/community theatre productions including Theatre in the Park’s Next to Normal and NC Theatre’s Hairspray. She has been a local keyboardist for numerous Broadway touring companies, including the national tours of Beautiful, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Billy Elliot, to name a few, and was a member of NCT’s Steel Pier national tour. She has performed as pianist and/or organist with the North Carolina Symphony on such shows as Petrushka, Carmina Burana, Messiah, and The Planets, and recorded a CD with Andrew McAfee, former NCS principal horn. She is a frequent recital collaborator and spent several years as repetiteur with the world-renowned Carolina Ballet.



Elaine is a first-year student in international studies and business administration with minors in Spanish and music. Elaine’s past credits include Cabaret (Woodbridge Community Players), 13 The Musical; Shrek the Musical (Artsform), Guys and Dolls; Beauty and the Beast; The Drowsy Chaperone (Robbinsville High School). In 2020, she received a first-place ranking through the Crescendo International Piano Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall. Elaine is thrilled to play piano for NC State’s production of The SpongeBob Musical.