Audrey Mendenhall has been playing mandolin since 2014 and currently studies under David Benedict. She is influenced by greats such as Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, and Sam Bush. Audrey competed in the Northeast Fiddlers Convention in Pittsfield Massachusetts and took first place in the mandolin division. As well as mandolin, she has played fiddle since 2012. Studying under Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Audrey has honed her fiddling skills placing multiple times at the Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Competition. Audrey has also released an EP in 2021 with her sister Megan, self-titled, The Mendenhall Sisters.
Megan Mendenhall was destined to become a bluegrass banjo player from birth. Sharing the same birthday as Earl Scruggs, she has been picking three-finger style banjo since age 9. At age eleven, she won first place for the Adult Bluegrass Banjo category at the Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Competition, a feat she has accomplished three times. Megan is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, playing banjo, dobro, guitar, and piano. Her picking style has exploded since she began studying under IBMA award winning banjo player, Ned Luberecki, and has quickly developed a name for herself in the Boston area after she and her sister co-founded the bands, The Mendenhall Sisters and Stoneface Mountain. In fall of 2021, Megan was a finalist at Freshgrass in North Adams. She released her first 5-song EP titled, “The Mendenhall Sisters”, which was featured on WERU in Maine. Megan’s momentum has begun to blossom rapidly over the past two years and she will definitely be someone to keep an ear out for as she pursues her bluegrass career.
Ellie Strano is a passionate singer and vocalist. She has been a member of the Boston Symphony Children's Choir, and serves as Cantor at her church. She has experience in many musical genres, including classical, bluegrass, and musical theater. She also plays piano and the accordion. Ellie's other hobbies include acting in Shakespearean plays, creative writing, and poetry.
Mary Strano has been playing rhythm guitar, ukulele, and banjolele since the age of 9. She has been a member of Stoneface Mountain since its inception. Outside of bluegrass, Mary plays music for her church. She enjoys listening to many music genres and is inspired by classical and folk music. Along with her interests in music, Mary expresses her creativity through painting and acting.
The newest member of Stoneface Mountain, Tommy van der Laan, has been with the band since 2018. He has been playing upright bass since 2016, and he also enjoys playing piano and guitar. Tommy enjoys multiple musical genres and has played electric bass in rock and funk groups. He is now focusing on upright bass, playing jazz and bluegrass.Tommy was one of the five winners of the Adam Gurley-Green Composition Competition, and has won a recent talent show with his jazz group "The Jazz Mints."