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us about cdn_helper

our organization

our mission

Uniting communities

through chamber music.

our mission

Uniting communities

through chamber music.

our values


our purpose

To strengthen and enrich our community through collaborative

programming and arts education.

our purpose

To strengthen and enrich our community through collaborative

programming and arts education.

our commitment

Our organizational Equity Diversity and Inclusion Statement reflects our commitment to this work and is endorsed by the Lyrica Baroque Board of Directors and staff.

Lyrica Baroque is committed to deepening our understanding of systems of inequity in race, gender, and interpersonal relationships in the arts and the communities where we live and work. We aim to acknowledge practices of bias, exclusion and oppression, and work through this lens to prioritize diverse professional, racial, and economic representation reflective of our community at every level of decision making throughout the organization. We are committed to using music, the arts and education to inspire change so that all people – especially those who are marginalized – are safe, secure and thriving.

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Sona Shirinian

Social Media

Sona Shirinian is a student at Tulane University, majoring in Philosophy and Communications. Originally from Las Vegas, Sona’s journey with music began in middle school when she first learned how to play the clarinet. Now deeply involved in multiple music ensembles on campus, she leads as clarinet section leader in Tulane’s Marching Band, plays oboe in the orchestra, and serves on the executive board of a student-run pep band. Additionally, she is in a New Orleans-style brass band, reflecting the deep affection she has for the dynamic culture of the city. Sona is passionate about contributing to an organization that empowers individuals through music education, aiming to share its significant impact across diverse communities.

Hooreya Abbas


Hooreya Abbas is a junior at Loyola University majoring in both Accounting and Biology Pre-med. Passionate about the intersection of science and finance, she strives to blend analytical skills with a deep understanding of biological systems. Beyond academics, she is an avid learner and enjoys exploring diverse interests. From delving into financial statements to conducting biological research, Hooreya is committed to academic excellence and personal growth. Outside of the classroom, you can find her volunteering in the community or pursuing creative hobbies. A former flutist herself, Hooreya is excited to join the team at Lyrica Baroque using music to make a difference in the community.

Jaydon Headrick

NCF Intern

Jaydon Headrick is a senior trombonist at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville studying instrumental music education. He is a Maryville High School graduate from Maryville, TN and has lived in the surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN, all his life. In his undergraduate experience, Jaydon was named the University of Tennessee’s College of Music Presser Scholar for 2023, an honor distinguishing him in his studies, academia, and integrity. Jaydon currently serves as the President of the CNAfME chapter – Collegiate National Association for Music Education – for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and regionally over East Tennessee. Jaydon has taken a holistic approach to his education by attending several professional development conferences – such as Midwest: Band and Orchestra Clinic, Conn Selmer Institute, and the TnMEA Conference – and serving as a scholarship singer at First Baptist Church of Knoxville. He has and still does participate in other choral and extracurricular activities in his education experience. An aspiration of Jaydon is to be a life-long learner by persistently finding new ways to grow, for a goal that he will be best prepared to serve his future students and their education. Following his undergraduate degree, Jaydon will look to get involved in the local middle schools or high schools as a band director. In the future, Jaydon aspires to continue his studies in wind conducting in pursuit of a wind band director position at the collegiate level.

Lillian Smith

Administrative Intern

Born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Lillian Smith is an ardent and devoted clarinetist. Lillian is currently in her final semester at the University of Tennessee, where she anticipates graduating in May 2024 with her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance. She studies under the tutelage of Dr. Victor Chávez, and she has performed in numerous masterclasses for esteemed clarinetists, such as Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, Dr. Sarunas Jankauskas, Dr. Andrea Vos-Rochefort, and more. Throughout her time at the University of Tennessee, Lillian has had the privilege of performing with various groups and ensembles, such as the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Opera Orchestra. Aside from performing, Lillian is also an active private lessons teacher in her community, maintaining a small studio of intermediate high school musicians. In her free time, Lillian enjoys reading, participating in outdoor activities, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Madison Khan

Madison Khan is a student at Tulane University, where she studies History and Anthropology. She has been playing bassoon since middle school, and has played in various orchestras and wind ensembles around her home in southeastern Massachusetts. After receiving her M.A. in history, she plans on pursuing a career in education. Madison currently plays bassoon in Tulane’s orchestra and concert bands. She also plays clarinet in the Tulane University Marching Band and the Tulane Soundwave Pep Band, of which she is a vice president. Madison is aware of the impact that community music organizations can have, and aspires to spread that positive impact in any community that she is in.

Nihal Idries

Nihal Idries

Graphic Design

Nihal O. Idries is a Sudanese-American Branding & Marketing Specialist from Philadelphia with over 10 years of professional experience serving small organizations and businesses to create brand strategy, design communications plans, and amplify their digital presence. Nihal utilizes an equity-centered approach in her work that integrates both the needs of the organization and the communities they intend to serve. Nihal acquired her Bachelors degree from Temple University. Presently, she is expanding her digital skillset as a Next Generation Fellow at ServiceNow to achieve her immediate goal of becoming an IT Consultant.

Jamalle Wilson

Information + Technology

Jamalle Wilson is a family man, hardworking, creative thinking, with a passion for learning technology. In the IT field his position is Level 1 Help Desk Specialist which specializes in a different range of issues and experiences. In those experiences Jamalle has acquired certifications to master different aspects of IT. His current certifications include Azure Administrator, MCSA Windows 10, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2016, and CompTIA A+. Jamalle is currently Studying Google Cloud and Amazon AWS to further establish himself as a relevant professional. The eyes of his passion look to ambitiously provide solutions creatively, illustrate his competency, and have fun.

Destiny King

Social Media Intern

Destiny is a rising senior Music Education major, with a minor in Arts Administration at UNCG. At UNCG, Destiny is incredibly active within the School of Music and Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement. Destiny works as the University Band Librarian and Catalyst Leader at UNCG. Destiny is also a proud sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Gamma Chapter, and recently served as Vice President of Membership. Destiny’s primary instrument is the oboe and she has performed with UNCG’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Outside of UNCG, Destiny plays oboe with Appalachia: A Southeastern Wind Symphony, and is currently interning through Campus Greensboro as the Media & Communications Associate of Eastern Music Festival this summer. In her free time, Destiny enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and sending out pen pals to some of her life-long friends. As a performer, collaborator, and educator, she aspires to continue working with organizations who give back to back to students like Destiny, who seeked music as an outlet and hobby.

Arianna Bohning

Administrative Assistant

Arianna Bohning is a professional collaborative pianist located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Arianna is a recent graduate of UNCSA and studied with Dr. Allison Gagnon. While at UNCSA, Arianna collaborated with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as larger ensembles such as the UNCSA Wind Ensemble, Nu Ensemble, Undergraduate Opera Scenes, and the 2019 and 2020 UNCSA productions of The Nutcracker. She served as the pianist for the Fletcher Opera Institute’s Outreach production of “The Town Musicians of Bremen” in 2021-22. She has consistently premiered new works, including the world premiere of the piano trio, “Journey of the Wood Thrush,” in 2021 by K. C. Pyle, commissioned by Forsyth Audubon for its 50th anniversary. Arianna has participated in many masterclasses at UNCSA with prominent musicians such as Margo Garrett, Gabriel Dobner and Viktor Valkov. In April 2021 Arianna was awarded the UNCSA Artpreneur Grant for her app idea, Colllab, which is an app for connecting partners in need of collaborative pianists.

Mya Gibson

Social Media Content Manager

Mya Gibson is a devoted and passionate clarinetist who is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor in Music Performance. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and has always had an interest in performing, teaching, and arts administration. During her time at UNCSA, she has performed clarinet and bass clarinet with the Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. She looks forward to continuing to share her love for performance and administrative work with her community and future generations.

Kaitlyn Ingram

Graphic Design


Sheryl-Amber Edmondson

Grant Writing

Sheryl-Amber Edmondson has eight years professional experience working across education, community health and training and development. Her inquisitive nature caused her to pursue a Sociology degree as an undergrad at the Pennsylvania State University and her love of writing led her to teach Middle Years English while continuing her studies at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Sheryl-Amber assumes an equity-focused lens in her work that is responsive to the needs of marginalized communities. By centering culturally responsive pedagogy, trauma-informed care, restorative justice and human-centered program design, she works to disrupt the cycle of systems-driven disparities. Sheryl-Amber successfully applies this approach across various areas of expertise, including: youth development programming and design, comprehensive sexual and mental health education and HIV testing and counseling to promote equity, access and accessibility across systems.

Winfred Felton

Administrative Assistant

Winfred Felton recently graduated with his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His love for music came from growing up surrounded by church music and being fascinated by the many colors that can be found within music. Winfred’s principal engagements include performances with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, as well as the Winston Salem Symphony. He has attended and been admitted to music festivals such as Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Miami Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. He is also a former student of multiple Grammy-nominated bassoonist, Martin Kuuskmann, whom he studied with at the Lamont School of Music. In his free time, Winfred is a voracious reader, poet, and consumer of all musical genres.

Benjamin Atherholt

Programming Director

Benjamin Atherholt is Programming Director for Lyrica Baroque, and the Contrabassoonist and Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the Contrabassoonist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performing each summer in upstate New York. His specialty as a Contrabassoonist has engaged him in performances with orchestras including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony, where he is featured on the 2013 Grammy Award winning recording of Berg’s Wozzeck. A passionate educator, Ben is the Instructor of Bassoon at Tulane University and frequently teaches as a featured guest artist in masterclasses and residencies across the country. Ben grew up in Houston, Texas and holds a B.M. in performance and composition from Oberlin Conservatory studying under the tutelage of George Sakakeeny and Jeffrey Mumford respectively. Contact Ben at

Jaren Atherholt

executive director

The founder of Lyrica Baroque, Jaren Atherholt is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She previously served as principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for eleven seasons. A native of Alaska, Jaren has performed to stellar reviews as a featured concerto soloist and has been guest principal oboist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, as well as guest associate principal oboist with the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies. Jaren spent four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and currently performs each summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival. She has served on the faculty of John Mack Oboe Camp, Interlochen Arts Camp, the Wintergreen Music Academy, and the Vianden International Music School. Jaren plays Loree oboes. Contact Jaren at