Meet the Cast
Nina created/produced a rock production show called “FEMMES OF ROCK starring Bella Electric Strings,” which has been selling out theaters nation wide. The Cast includes the Bella Girls, The Band and Production Team.
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Founder & Lead Violinist
Nina DiGregorio, a Yamaha string artist, is a classically trained violinist, bass player, writer/arranger, vocalist, and pianist, but is most well known for being a pioneer of the electric rock violin, as well as a music business mogul and entrepreneur. She has performed as a soloist and string arranger with the some of the biggest names in the business. She arranged and performed strings with The Killers for President Obama and on one of their recent albums.
Television credits include the Latin Grammys with Shakira, being featured on the Beyonce “I am…Yours” DVD and both “David Foster and Friends” DVDs and PBS specials, alongside Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Boz Scaggs, and Peter Cetera among others, as well as the featured soloist with Charice. Other television credits include a performance with Andrea Bocelli for the DVD and PBS special “Amore Under the Desert Sky,” The Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Celebration, “Michel Legrand and Friends,” “Bell’aria PBS special,” and America’s Got Talent Season One with Bella Electric Strings, of which she is founder, writer, and lead violinist.
She was the solo violinist in Toni Braxton’s band for 2 years. Nina was also featured in a recent Blues Traveler performance, dueling with harmonica virtuoso John Popper on The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Other performance credits include Stevie Wonder, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Wayne Newton, Cee-lo Green, John Legend, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Donna Summer, Mary J Blige and Jay Z, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Marco Antonio Solis, and many more.
As a writer/arranger, her work has been heard in shows such as “Toni Braxton Revealed,” “Beyonce I Am….Yours,” The Fab; Beatle’s Tribute Band, The Las Vegas Tenors, The Killers, The Yellow Brick Road Symphonic Rock Show, as well as on many studio recordings.
Nina’s work with her project Bella Electric Strings can best be described as, “imagine if Hendrix played a violin.” Utilizing full effects pedals and blistering solos, she brings to life many famous rock tunes for electric string ensemble. On top of opening for Michael McDonald and Charlie Daniels, Bella recently performed as the featured string quartet with Richard Marx in his Las Vegas show. Richard also hired twenty Bella girls to be featured on camera performing with himself, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Benet for a DirecTV special that aired over the summer of 2016. Bella Strings has also had the privilege of being affiliated with the prestigious “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,” performing alongside such artists as Kip Winger and Todd Rundgren at the facility. The group keeps a busy corporate schedule, as well as traveling for Yamaha String Educator Development Seminars, in which Nina’s arrangements are featured around the country to demonstrate the Yamaha Silent and Electric violins.
Nina is also well known throughout the music community as a successful entrepreneur. Bella Strings has become not merely a band, but a household brand in the world of strings. What began with a single electric string quartet has now grown into teams of performers on the roster throughout the US.
Nina created/produced a rock production show called “FEMMES OF ROCK starring Bella Electric Strings,” which has been selling out theaters nation wide. Other creations include Bella Bottoms; a disco string show, an LED Laser string show, Trifecta; a vocal string show, Jingle Bellas; a holiday string show, among others.
Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She was a recent recipient of the coveted Distinguished Alumni award from the University at Buffalo; one of the youngest to receive the award.
Nina proudly endorses and recommends Yamaha Strings, Ultimate Ears, Audio Technica, Galaxy Audio, and Anvil Cases.
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Electric 5-String Violin
Christina Rose Riegert is a classically trained violinist who holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She started lessons at the age of nine, and has been a member of Bella Electric Strings since 2006.
Christina has shared the stage with an array of performers, from Richard Marx, Clint Holmes, Human Nature, to Lil Anthony and the Imperials. Her television credits include performances with Ricky Martin, Alejandro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis, and Shakira for the Latin Grammys, and Miley Cyrus for the Country Music Awards.
When not performing, Christina enjoys spending time with her loved ones and her labraheeler, Luna.
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Electric 5-String Violin
Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. Chandra began studying fine arts at the age of 3, when her parents started her in violin and ballet. At the age of 5, Chandra began studying piano, and continued both instruments through college. Chandra is a classically trained violinist and grew up studying the Suzuki Method. Ms. Meibalane has attended numerous music institutes including The National Suzuki Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and Sound Encounters.
Chandra earned a degree in Violin Performance from Butler University, as well as a minor in Chemistry, and a concentration in Pre-Dentistry. She has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, Jordin Sparks, Richard Marx and Ricky Martin and now……FEMMES OF ROCK.
Outside of music, Chandra enjoys spending time with her family, dogs and is a dedicated Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Lastly, she enjoys following her favorite sports teams, such as the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and her Butler Bulldogs.
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Electric 5-String Violin
Carissa was raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she began learning to play piano at age 5. She added the viola at age 7 and then guitar at age 10. Carissa studied music at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education. Carissa has performed professionally across the U.S. and has performed with artists such as Richard Marx, Eric Benet, Laura Pausini, Michael McDonald, Train, Taylor Hicks and many more.
Adrianna Thurber Shaw
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Adrianna Thurber Shaw
Electric 5-String Violin
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Adrianna has spent her life playing the violin. She studied classical music, but also learned the art of jazz improvisation from her father, Michael Thurber, a jazz guitarist.She has opened for Sheryl Crow, Vanilla Ice, Whoopie Goldberg, Diana Ross, and Foreigner to name a few. She has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Sir Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Pitbull, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Enrique Iglesias, Miley Cyrus, Ronnie Dunn, Earth Wind and Fire, Alejandra Guzman, Toni Braxton, Richard Marx and many more!
When Adrianna isn’t living a whirlwind life traveling the world, she loves to ride her horse and explore the southwest. An avid outdoorsman, she can usually be found hiking or camping with her two canine companions.
Zuzana Engererova was born in Slovakia and began performing music at age 6. An accomplished cellist, she received her degree at J.L. Bella Conservatory in Banska Bystrica Slovakia in Cello Performance and Education, where she regularly performed with string quartets, chamber groups, as well as a soloist. During the period of the Iron Curtain, Zuzana traveled to Austria, Italy, France, Germany and Ireland performing with the Conservatory’s flagship string quartet.
In addition to her Classical experience, Zuzana has performed live and recorded with Czech Pop artists Dara Rollins (SONY Music) and Elan, as well as Slovak artists Alan Mikusek, Robo Opatovky, Misha, and Robo Papp. She has also shared the stage with artists ranging from the legendary Isley Brothers to disco queen Gloria Gaynor.
Zuzana currently lives in Las Vegas, NV where she performs with Bella Electric Strings/FEMMES OF ROCK.
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Vocals & Violin
Ginny is a dynamic and versatile performer, with gripping vocals and world-class musicianship. At the ripe age of 25, she has performed every kind of venue from stadiums and arenas to theaters to small intimate clubs and alongside some of the biggest names in pop (Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes), rock (Meat Loaf, Korn), R&B (Ruben Studdard, Stevie Wonder), and jazz (Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Kineally of Frank Zappa). As a powerhouse vocalist and bandleader, Ginny is able to enliven and entertain audiences from full band rock concerts to captivating intimate lounge sets. With a repertoire of hundreds of Top 40, rock, R&B songs and jazz standards in her catalog and the depth and training of her classical studies in piano, violin and voice, she engages every type of crowd.
Marlo Zemartis is a Las Vegas native that began composing and playing the violin at the age of 11. After graduating from the Las Vegas Academy she went on to pursue a double degree in violin performance and music composition at UNLV. During her time at school she became a multi-instrumentalist, learning the viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, and piano. In her time as a performer she has opened for artists such as Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Train, and the Isley Brothers.
Lacy Rostyak was born and raised in New Hebron, Mississippi (pop. 447) and began playing the violin at age three. An accomplished classical, pop, country/folk and contemporary violinist, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, where she studied Drama/Theatre. Lacy has been on world tours with Mexican artists such as Gloria Trevi & Marcos Antonio Solis, Persian artists such as Andy Madadian, Ebi, Omid and also the MTV Movie Awards. She’s played with country artist , Shania Twain and has been on Glee, amongst many other TV shows. She was honored to play for former US President George W. Bush with Bella Electric Strings just a few years ago.
Leah Metzler’s work can be heard on scores of numerous movies, television series, albums, and commercials. Her TV appearances have included The Grammys, America’s Got Talent, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. She has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Williams, The Wu Tang Clan, Jeff Lynn’s Electric Light Orchestra, Ed Sheeran, Logic, Andrea Bocelli, Il Volo, David Foster, Alan Silvestri, Deltron 3030, Cold War Kids, Yoshiki, Tyler, The Creator, John Debney, Danny Elfman, Bruce Broughton, Alien Ant Farm, Meg Myers, Brian Wilson, and Frank Ocean.
Leah has toured nationally in over 20 countries. Leah holds her B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She received her M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Brittany Cotto has recorded and performed with some of the most iconic names in the business including Alicia Keys, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Diddy, Jennifer Hudson, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Julie Andrews, Kamasi Washington, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Richard Marx, Seth McFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Tori Kelly and Yo-Yo Ma.
Her television credits include appearances on American Idol, American Music Awards, BET Awards, DirecTV “Richard Marx and Friends”, Entourage, Glee, MTV Unplugged, Mary J. Blige’s Christmas Special, NBC “New Years Eve with Carson Daly”, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has recorded soundtracks for FOX’s “American Dad”, HBO’s “Undisputed Truth: A Mike Tyson Story”, and many movie trailers for Paramount Pictures.
Brittany has traveled the world extensively to perform for clients including Chevy, Coachella, The Emmys, Google, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, LA Auto Show, LA Fashion Week, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, MAC Cosmetics, Metro PCS, Neiman Marcus, Pandora, Patek Phillipe, Playboy Jazz Festival, Porsche, Rémy Martin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Samsung, Toyota, and Vogue.
Elizabeth Bedrosian has been playing the violin for about 15 years. She attended Las Vegas Academy High School and graduated in 2011. She participated in Honor Orchestra as well as solo and ensemble in high school. She studied at UNLV for her classical undergraduate degree in music performance under the direction of Weiwei Le and graduated in 2015. She also studied jazz under Nathan Tanouye. She has played several weddings, corporate events, lounge gigs, and played with celebrity icons such as Ronnie Vannucci from The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Clint Holmes, Sir Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli, and Neil Diamond. She also shared the stage with Sammy Hagar, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Isaak, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, and Jimmy Kimmel. She has played on television for the Latin Grammys with Latin superstar Bad Bunny. She previously played in Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers located in Las Vegas and is currently involved in Bella Electric Strings, Femmes of Rock, and Premier Wedding Music. Elizabeth loves to play and spread music throughout Las Vegas, no matter what genre.
Sarah “Cellobat” Chaffee is an in-demand performer and recording artist in Las Vegas. Currently, she is the cellist for Aerosmith in their “Deuces Are Wild” residency show at the Park Theater, and she plays with many other highly acclaimed groups including Bella Electric Strings, Femmes Of Rock, Premiere Wedding Music, and David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra. Some of her TV appearances have included: a cameo on the CBS reality show “Love Island”; the Billboard Music Awards, with pop superstar Halsey; five performances at the Latin Grammy Awards, with artists including Ricky Martin and Laura Pausini; and playing with Mötley Crüe at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. She has also performed several times with metal band Disturbed, appeared with Celine Dion and Ryan Reynolds in the music video for Dion’s hit single “Ashes,” and recorded an IGTV video with Lady Antebellum.
Sarah’s other passion is arranging music, and she currently has over 300 string arrangements available on Sheet Music Plus under her own label, Cellobat Charts. Her YouTube channel features over 70 videos of her own arrangements for string ensembles, with over half a million total views! Sarah’s mission is to provide other string players with excellent arrangements that are user-friendly, fun to play, and fun to listen to — crowd pleasing guaranteed.
Sarah’s unique combination of conservatory training, musical insight, and multi-genre versatility make her an artist fully prepared for the future of music!
Ellie Krasner is a Las Vegas-based violinist who graduated Binghamton university with degrees in music and English. An upstate NY native, Ellie began touring internationally with Barrage, multi-genre string ensemble, upon graduating. Shortly after, Ellie performed through our Nanjing China with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra, and spent numerous holiday seasons touring the country with the Wizards of Winter, a Christmas rock opera.
Ellie is currently a member of the Bella Electric Strings, and plays with the Femmes of Rock as well. Ellie also performs regularly with groups like David Perrico’s Pop String Orchestra, as well as various country bands, including Vegas McGraw and the Rustyn Vaughn Lee band. She has also shared the stage with various celebrated artists including Bad Bunny, Sarah Brightman, Michael Buble, and Il Divo. Ellie can’t wait to see what the pandemic-free future holds for musicians!
Michael Kelly, a classically trained bassist, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Theory and Composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Victoria Bohlen Memorial Award for excellence in composition.
Michael been writing, recording, teaching and touring in New York City and Philadelphia for over 20 years. Michael also plays the double bass with the Independence Sinfonia, The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and in the Bravo Jazz Trio.
Michael is Professor of Music at Montgomery Community College, teaching Music Technology, Music Business and Songwriting and Chair of the Sound Recording Technology Program.
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From Baltimore, Maryland, Mike started playing guitar at age six and was soon performing in state hospitals and special events. He continued to high school as a classical percussionist in the orchestra and a guitarist in the jazz band. Soon to follow was Berklee School of Music in Boston, and eventually the move out West. In Las Vegas, Mike has been a multi-instrumentalist for a variety of working bands and original artists. His music scores have been featured in independent films, commercials, and HBO’s “Vice” series. In addition to music, Mike is an avid photographer and video composer.
He can be found here: mpsightandsound.com
Jeff Tortora, a Syracuse, New York native, began his career at age 5 in his parent’s basement. As a small child he set up his own “custom” drum kit, fashioned from buckets, metal lunch boxes, and tar cans. As his skill level increased he emerged from the basement to perform with the Syracuse Symphony at the age of 8 and in the all-county/state jazz and concert bands in high school. At the age of 21 he was performing with Joey Belladonna the multi-platinum singer from the band Anthrax and was simultaneously recording albums with Grammy nominated Berkeley professor and guitar virtuoso Joe Stump.
Jeff’s skill set has allowed him to play in a myriad of bands ranging from disco to heavy metal performing not only as a drummer but as a writer and lead singer as well. In 1999 Jeff was approached by a casting agent from the Blue Man Group who was quite impressed with his performance as drummer/singer in his band The United Booty Foundation. Of the 600 drummers that auditioned for BMG Jeff was selected as one of the original cast members for the opening of the BMG show in Las Vegas. As a member of BMG Jeff has had the opportunity to perform on a number of exciting projects to include the recording of multiple BMG CD’s, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the 2011 pre-game super bowl performance in Dallas, the 2013 Latin Grammys, televison show, I can do that, the largest Brazilian street party in the world known as Carnival, twice.. And multiple World Tours taking him from New Zealand, China and South Africa to Russia, Europe and Saudi Arabia.
In addition to his position as cast member with BMG Jeff has been involved in many other musical projects past and present including just a few listed here: A tour with Eric Martin, singer of Mr.Big, recording on Count’s 77s guitarist Stoney Curtis’s Halo of Dark Matter solo album, playing numerous shows with singer Franky Perez, Jeff Young ex Megadeth guitarist, Jimmy Crespo, ex Aerosmith Rod Stewart guitarist, Sin City Sinners, drumming for Las Vegas improv gurus Uberschall, singing and touring with his band Tinnitus, singing/drumming in his band Scattered. Recording and writing with original band Elliot Waits For No One and his latest original band Vevesi who he fronts, writes, sometimes drums. Also, played select stage performance moments with members of artists such as Korn, Hellyeah, 5FDP, John Paynes Asia, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Primus, Missing Persons, Frankie Moreno, Mandy Lion, Steve Stevens, Slash, Ours, Dio, Bobby Brown, Joe Lynn Turner,Sebastian Bach, Danny “The Count” Koker, among others.
Jeff had his acting debut in 2019 in the indie horror movie directed by Gary Orona entitled “Die Influencers Die’’ available on all streaming platforms where his band Vevesi has one of their songs featured.
One of Jeff’s favorite musical endeavors is performing with Femmes of Rock whenever and wherever possible.
Whether behind the kit or taking on the role of lead singer Jeff’s chaotic presence and unique style never goes unnoticed.
Jeff happily endorses DW drums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Humes and Berg cases
A Toronto native, Marc is both musical director and drummer for Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton, performing with Newton, running his orchestra, and writing all arrangements for the star.
Marc has recorded and toured extensively across musical genres, with artists such as Jessica Simpson, Neal McCoy, David Foster, The Backstreet Boys, Drew Carey, Ruth Pointer, Quincy Jones, Bella Electric Strings and Femmes of Rock.
He has appeared on shows including The Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The David Letterman Show and more.
Marc has also authored several books on drumming, including The UnReel Drum Book: Featuring the Music of Randy Waldman and the Drumming of Vinnie Colaiuta. His next planned release is the second in his Frank Zappa series, which will include the much-antcipated full note-for-note transcriptions of Shut Up N Play Yer Guitar.
In addition, he has had many of his transcriptions published over the years, beginning with Keep It Greasy, (Modern Drummer, 1997).
Marc went on to study at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, under his mentor Gary Chaffee.
He currently lives and plays in Las Vegas.
Richard joined the Femmes of Rock a few years ago and has this to say, “Playing in this band is like a musical adventure for me, there’s so much great music we play. The arrangements really propel the show forward and the cast is top shelf, first rate awesomeness. This band rocks!”
Richard Belgard is also a performer & musician for the world-renown Blue Man Group. He plays electric zither, chapman stick, bass, guitar and talking drum. “I have played more shows with BMG than the Rolling Stones and the Beatles combined, something like 7,500 performances. It’s a crazy amount of shows, but it’s so much fun. Telepathic level connections.”
Richard is also a composer, sound designer and music producer. “I spend a lot of time composing for music libraries and creating underscore and sound design for the gaming industry. I have also scored films and documentaries as well. I’m fascinated by sound and music, the way it directs our attention and emotions. It’s magic.”
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Lead Technician / Production
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Dave is a native of Portland, Maine, and holds a holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. Upon moving to Las Vegas in 1988, his career took a musical turn. He was a founding member of The Fab Beatles cover band, as well as keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist for many other high-end Las Vegas musical acts. In 2008, he was instrumental in launching Bella Electric Strings at the M Resort Las Vegas. The group currently performs worldwide as a corporate act, as well as with the touring show Femmes of Rock. Along with lead sound technician duties, Dave also works in production, and his skills carry over to video, recording, and graphics.
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Technician | Consigliere
Doug has been performing as a keyboardist/vocalist in Las Vegas for over 30 years as a single act as well with his own Duo, small bands and big bands. He has entertained in all of the major Las Vegas resorts in lounges and local clubs as well as corporate events, wedding receptions and Black Tie affairs.
While performing live, Doug is equally at home on the Grand Piano or with a complement of keyboards producing a full band sound, always live and not pre- recorded.
His talents also carry over to his own studio where he has produced CD projects for many as well as music tracks for Las Vegas shows. He started LV Sound Group, Inc. in 2009 as an audio consulting company for corporate events and is a regular tech with Bella Strings and Femmes of Rock since 2007 for Corporate and Theatre events around the world.