Diana McKinney (Clarinet)
Diana McKinney is a lifelong musician. She performed in band, orchestra and choral groups throughout her high school and college years, and then in community groups in Montana, Alaska and Nevada. After receiving her M A Degree in Music Education and Administration she was fortunate enough to have a professional career that paralleled her personal interests, working as an Elementary Music and Band teacher and having her own piano studio for many years. Her non-musical interests include working as a hospice volunteer, teaching adult exercise classes, mentoring high school students and participating in community theater groups.
Margo M. Parsons (Clarinet)
Margo M. Parsons was raised in Kansas; received a B.M.E. from Emporia State University and taught music in Colorado. She married her high school sweetheart, who also graduated from E.S.U.
Margo’s major was in voice, so she taught choral music. The clarinet was however, her first instrument. She also plays the piano and organ. Margo has directed choirs and accompanied for many, as well she also was an Adjunct Faculty member in music at Western State College University.
Since retiring from the ‘snow’ to the ‘sun’ in 2006, Margo is singing with the Methodist Church Choir and playing clarinet in the Mesquite Community Band. Margo also enjoys traveling, reading and a variety of hobbies.
David Vogel (Bassoon)
David Vogel is a senior at Virgin Valley High School and has been playing bassoon in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra for several years. He first began learning the bassoon in 7th grade and participated in school concert band programs. He continued to play bassoon as his primary instrument and currently performs with it in VVHS Advanced Band, as well as SNSO. He added percussion to his music skills in 9th grade to participate in VVHS pep and marching bands. In 10th grade he learned the baritone saxophone and performed with it in pep and marching band. He then learned the trombone in 11th grade where he performed in the VVHS marching band, pep band, and jazz band, and plans to continue this during his senior year.
“Performing in high school groups like pep and marching band force you to not worry about what other people think and focus on your music,” said Vogel. “ You have to concentrate on so many other things that you can’t let anyone who is the audience distract you. Also, I really like performing in the symphony orchestra because I am able to play more challenging music and it encourages me to practice more and push myself.”
Keshia Sparks Phillipenas (Flute)
My name is Keshia Sparks Phillipenas. I am 28 years old. I was born and raised in Kentucky. My father could play any musical instrument he picked up with no formal training. He played only by ear. He was such a talent and my musical inspiration! I began playing flute at age 11. I competed and participated in many honor bands and all-state symphonies and was admitted into Governor's School for the Arts in the summer of 2003 in Kentucky. I went on to play flute at Murray State University in 2004 for a year. There I received the honor of being selected to perform with an ensemble in Carnegie Hall. There, as a freshman, I finished second overall in the Inter-Collegiate symphony auditions in Kentucky. It was a great experience!
The summer following my freshman year at Murray State, I got married to an amazing man and we started our life together in Las Vegas! I transferred to UNLV but for a few reasons unnamed here, I ended up changing my degree to Psychology and received a BS in Psychology in 2008. I also received my Esthetic License in 2008.
Now...I'm still a wife of 9 years to my best friend, Shannon Phillipenas (a native of Logandale, NV), and a stay-at-home mommy to 3 little cuties: 5, 3 and 1! So, I'm quite busy, to say the least. I play for different events on occasion but I'm looking forward to embarking on this journey in the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra! I have missed music a great deal. Here's to a new chapter!
Jeanne Bushnell (Flute)
Jeanne Bushnell - Music has always been a part of my life. I’ve sung in all kinds of choirs, took piano lessons for six years and started playing the flute in the 5th grade and continued to play in the band throughout all of my school years.
I took flute lessons from Marjorie Elkjer who was our band director’s wife; she was one terrific flutist! When I was a junior in high school, I auditioned for the All Northwest Band and I was chosen to play in that special group of about 250 young people. In my senior year I was awarded a music scholarship to CWSU and I received free flute lessons while I attended that university. I was lucky enough to be chosen the 1st chair flute in the band and we had the privilege of touring throughout Canada as part of our music performance experience. During the past years I have played flute for weddings, funerals and church choirs.
When we moved to Mesquite, I joined the newly formed band and was involved with the musical “Anything Goes” this past spring. I ended up playing flute and keyboard which included filling in for the oboe and sax parts when needed.
I so look forward to being a part of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra.
Kathleen Christian (Flute)
Kathleen Christian was born to a musical family and so started singing and playing music very early. Because her dad didn’t want to listen to her play the bagpipes she picked the flute as her primary instrument. Throughout high school and college she performed in choirs, bands and orchestras and, like most flute players, played for a lot of weddings and funerals. She graduated with a B.A in theatre from Mesa State University and went on to a career in theatre but continued to play flute, guitar and sing in various professional and community groups and bands across the country playing a variety of different musical genres. After retiring from theatre and moving to Mesquite, Nevada, she decided to dedicate more time to her music and was happily able to join several groups in the area, including the jazz band Dry Heat and Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra.
Stephanie Vogel (Piccolo/Flute)
Barbara Dailey-Smith (Flute/Oboe)
Jenny Bennett (Flute, Oboe)
Tami Sillitoe (Flute, Oboe)
Koni Ritch (Flute)
Linda Lerman (Flute)
Shanan Arslanian (Bassoon)
Steven Saline (Bassoon)
Carolyn Johnston (Bassoon)
Steve Saline (Bassoon)
David Vogel (Bassoon)
Garry Gentry (Clarinet)
Cat White (Bass Clarinet)