Andrea Dennis – Sonata Strings Ensemble Director (Faculty Member Since 2016): Andrea Dennis is the Orchestra Director at Rugby Middle School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University and earned National Board Certification in 2004. Ms. Dennis has served as the Conductor of the Repertory Orchestra at the North Carolina Western Regional Junior Orchestra clinic. She has been a conductor and coach at the the UNCG summer music camp, the Hendersonville Symphony Summer Strings camps, and the Joyful noise music and arts summer workshop. Ms. Dennis worked with the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for 15 years as a director the Sinfonietta and Prelude orchestras. Her philosophy is for students to have fun with their instruments, while developing proper technique and skills, and a lifelong love for music. Ms. Dennis lives in Hendersonville with her husband Derek and daughter Violet.