Meet the Music Teachers

Private Instructor Bios

Karin Banks - Piano Instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, University of North Texas
Performance Experience
  • Composer and accompanist for local theatre and ballet outfits
  • Concertizes throughout the Southeast
Additional Experience:
  • Students regularly win local and regional compeitions
  • Students learn composition skills in addition to piano fundamentals
  • Vocal section leader, Michael O'Neal Singers

 

Scot Weston Box - Saxophone Instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music in Jazz Performance, Georgia State University
Performance Experience:
  • Solo evening performer at Churchill Grounds
  • "Chops" performance at the Velvet Note
  • Guest Performer witht the Morehouse University Big Band

Leanne Manning Chan
Leanne Manning Chan
Clarinet and piano instructor

Leanne Manning Chan - Clarinet and piano instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree, Michigan State University
  • Graduate Diploma of Music in Clarinet Performance, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia
  • Bachelor's degree in Music, with Honors, University of Queensland, Australia
Orchestral Performance Experience:
  • City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
  • Shenzen Symphony Orchestra, China
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong
  • Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, California
  • Pacific Palisades Orchestra, California
  • Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, California
  • Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, California
  • Moscow Grigorovich Ballet, U.S. Tour
  • Rome Festival Orchestra, Italy
  • The Queensland Orchestra, Australia
  • Brisbane Pops Orchestra, Australia
  • Victorian State Opera Company, Australia

Chamber Music Includes:

  • Pearl Delta Chamber Soloists
  • Hong Kong Chamber Music Society
  • RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong
  • Island Clarinet Quartet, Hong Kong
  • “Sonor” – faculty Contemporary Music Ensemble at UCSD, California
  • Threshold Woodwind Quintet, California
  • West Coast IV Clarinet Quartet
  • I Solisti Del Los Angeles

Solos Includes:

  • ClarinetFest 2005, Tama-Tokyo, Japan
  • Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Society International Conference
  • Co-op Press Woodwind Recording Competition, First Prize, 2003
  • National Public Radio
  • Finzi Clarinet Concerto, Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra, Australia
  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto, University of Queensland Orchestra, Australia

Kathy Farmer - Flute instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute Performance
  • Annual master classes with London Symphony Principal Flutist, Geoffrey Gilbert; Royal Philharmonic Principal Flutist, Peter Lloyd; and Tadeu Coehlo

Performance Experience

  • Principal Flutist, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal Flutist, Georgia Philharmonic
  • Former Principal Flutist, Opera Orchestra of Atlanta
  • Atlanta Chorale Guild Orchestra
  • Atlanta freelance musician
  • Atlanta Emory Orchestra
  • Gainesville Symphony
  • Chamber music with Perimeter Flutes, Papageno Flute Quartet, Georgia Philharmonic Woodwind Quartet, Montage Woodwind Quintet, Atlanta Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
  • Conductor, Atlanta Flute Ensemble
  • Conductor, Flute Choir of Atlanta



Guy Fenocchi
Guy Fenocchi
Guitar, bass, ukelele instructor

Guy Fenocchi - Guitar, bass, ukelele instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies, Ithaca College
  • A.A.S. (Classical Guitar), SUNY Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY

Performance Experience

  • Toured East Coast and Canada with various groups and performers
  • Appeared at the North Atlantic Blues Festival, Syracuse, Atlanta, and Montreal Jazz Festivals

  Nelson Galarraga
Nelson Galarraga
Violin and viola instructor

Nelson Galarraga - Violin and viola instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, University of North Texas

Performance Experience

  • Cobb Symphony Orchestra
  • Macon Pops Orchestra
  • LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
  • Several local orchestras while in school in Texas

Additional Information

  • Director of Orchestra at GAC

Dr. Robin Hensley
Dr. Robin Hensley
Piano and organ instructor

Dr. Robin Hensley - Piano and organ instructor

Education:

  • Doctorate of Musical Arts, Organ Performance, University of Georgia
  • Master of Music, Organ Performance, Converse College
  • Bachelor of Music, cum laude with Honors, Organ Performance, Salem College

Performance Experience:

  • More than 35 years of experience as a performer, teacher, accompanist, and advocate for young musicians

Additional Information:

  • Teaching experience spans all ages, from preschoolers to adults

   Clark Hunt
Clark Hunt
Trumpet instructor

Clark Hunt - Trumpet instructor

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Jazz Studies, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Jacksonville State University

Performance Experience:

  • Joe Gransden Big Band
  • Georgia Brass Band
  • Drive By Big Band
  • Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
  • Beltline Brass Quintet


Esther Jeon - Piano instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • LRSM (Teaching Diploma of the Royal School of Music), London

Performance Experience:

  • Active chamber musician and soloist
  • Award winning performances:
    • Winner at NZCT New Zealand Chamber Music Contest
    • Winner of the International Chamber Music Contest of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Additional Information:

  • Pianist for GAC faculty trio
  • Accompanist for the GAC choral department
  • Freelance musician
  • Church pianist for service and choir
  • Active member of the Associated Board of Royal School of Music, London

   Dian Knight
Dian Knight
Piano and voice instructor

Dian Knight - Piano and Voice Instructor

​​Education:

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Miami
  • Master's degree, Cincinnati College Conservatory

​​Performance Experience:

  • Cincinnati Ballet Company
  • Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
  • Corbett Theatre of Performing Arts
  • Opera Ebony in New York City

​​Additional Information:

  • Vocal, piano, and chorus instructor for North Metro Academy of the Performing Arts
  • First African-American enroolled in the prestigious Artist Diploma in Opera program
  • Beamon-Hough award recipient for outstanding achievement in the arts

Kimber Kwiatkowski - Piano & organ instructor

Education:

  • Juris Doctorate, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, Magna cum laude, Mercer University

Performance Experience

  • Accompanied Junior High and Senior High choirs at GAC
  • Soloist and instrumentalist for GAC programs
  • Served as pianist/organist at several area churches
  • Freelance soloist and accompanist

Melissa Mecadon
Melissa Mecadon
Guitar, voice, piano, clarinet instructor

Melissa Mecadon - Guitar, voice, piano, clarinet instructor

Education: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Millikin University

Teaching Experience in Schools:

  • Band Director, Rockford Boyland High School, Rockford, IL
  • General music teacher, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Atlanta

Performance Experience:

  • Millikin University Wind Ensemble
  • Section Leader Mendelssohn Chamber Choir
  • Founding Member of Dually Noted Instrumental Duo
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Released own EP albim in 2014

Dr. Marcus Miller - Voice instructor

Education:

  • Doctorate in Vocal Performance, University of Alabama
  • Master's degree in Music in Vocal Performance, Belmont University
  • Bachelor's degree in Music in Vocal Performance, Lipscomb University

​Performance Experience:

  • Operatic soloist in Southeastern U.S.
  • Church music director in multiple churches
  • Concertized internationally as a vocal soloist

​Additional Information:

  • Director of Choral Activities at GAC

Dian Knight - Piano and Voice Instructor

​​Education:

  • Bachelor's degree, University of Miami
  • Master's degree, Cincinnati College Conservatory

​​Performance Experience:

  • Cincinnati Ballet Company
  • Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
  • Corbett Theatre of Performing Arts
  • Opera Ebony in New York City

​​Additional Information:

  • Vocal, piano, and chorus instructor for North Metro Academy of the Performing Arts
  • First African-American enroolled in the prestigious Artist Diploma in Opera program
  • Beamon-Hough award recipient for outstanding achievement in the arts



Carol Mitchell
Carol Mitchell
Piano and organ instructor

Carol Mitchell - Piano and organ instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music Education, Georgia State Univeristy
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Queens College

Performance Experience:

  • Private piano and organ studio teacher
  • Concertized as piano soloist and piano/organ duo in the Southeast
  • Featured performer on WABE’s “Atlanta Music Scene”

Additional Experience:

  • Georgia All-State Chorus accompanist
  • Workshop pianist for Kjos Publications
  • Currently is music director at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Decatur

Heather Witt Owens
Heather Witt Owens
Voice and piano instructor

Heather Witt Owens - Voice and piano instructor

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Music, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Millikin University

Performance Experience:

  • Ruth, Pirates of Penzance, Atlanta Opera
  • Katisha, Mikado, Capital City Opera
  • Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd
  • South American Debut
  • Various concert performances with the Atlanta Opera and other opera companies in the Southeast

Additional Experience:

  • Staff singer with First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
  • Member of Atlanta’s #1 Acoustic Pop Band, Mr. Blue Sky
 
   Sam Owens
Sam Owens
Percussion, drum set, steel pan, and piano instructor

Sam Owens - Percussion, drum set, steel pan, and piano instructor

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Music in Percussion Performance, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music in Percussion Performance, Valdosta State University

Performance Experience:

  • Performer at many Atlanta venues including The Fox Theatre, Verizon Amphitheatre, Terminal West, Variety Playhouse, The High Museum of Art, Center Stage, and more.
  • Has performed with Macon Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, Ludwig Symphony, and the Albany Symphony
  • Has performed with artists such as The Coasters, King-Sized/Puddle’s Pity Party, Francine Reed, and Mr. Blue Sky

Addi Panter - Voice instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Oklahoma Christian University
  • Vocal Performance Degree; Academy of Contemporary Music, University of Central Oklahoma

Performance Experience:

  • CMT’s Can You Duet? Season 1 (Top 12 finalist)
  • Nationally recognized lead vocalist for country, pop, and Christian artists
  • Nationally recognized studio vocalist

Additional Experience:

  • Recorded three family albums



Barbara Robinson
Barbara Robinson
Viola, violin, and cello instructor

Barbara Robinson - Viola, violin, and cello instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree, Thiel College
Performance Experience:
  • Principal Viola, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church Orchestra
  • Principal Viola, Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Principal Viola, Peach State Opera Company
  • Dekalb Symphony Orchestra

Elaine Shin
Elaine Shin
Cello instructor

Elaine Shin - Cello instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music, Manhattan School of Music
  • Bachelor's degree in Music, Mercer University's McDuffie Center for Strings
Performance Experience:
  • Several national and international orchestras, chamber orchestras, and solist performances

Additional Experience

  • Substitute cellist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Performed with the McDuffie Center Orchestra under Robert Spano

Jonathan Smith - Piano instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music in Music Theory, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor's degree in Music in Music Theory, Georgia State University
Performance Experience:
  • Atlanta area soloist
  • Church pianist,Church at Decatur Heights
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Joy Sullivan - Piano instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music Education, University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Piano Pedagogy, Shorter University
Performance Experience:
  • Church musicial throughout Georgia, accompanying choral groups, singers, and instrumentalists

Barbara Robinson - Viola, violin, and cello instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree, Thiel College
Performance Experience:
  • Principal Viola, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church Orchestra
  • Principal Viola, Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Principal Viola, Peach State Opera Company
  • Dekalb Symphony Orchestra

Elaine Shin - Cello instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music, Manhattan School of Music
  • Bachelor's degree in Music, Mercer University's McDuffie Center for Strings
Performance Experience:
  • Several national and international orchestras, chamber orchestras, and solist performances

Additional Experience

  • Substitute cellist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Performed with the McDuffie Center Orchestra under Robert Spano

Jonathan Smith - Piano instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music in Music Theory, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor's degree in Music in Music Theory, Georgia State University
Performance Experience:
  • Atlanta area soloist
  • Church pianist,Church at Decatur Heights
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus



   Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson
Low Brass instructor

Mike Wilson - Low Brass instructor

​​Education:

  • Master's degree in Music in Trombone Performance, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Georgia State University

​​Performance Experience:

  • Principal with Dekalb Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal with Peachtree Symphonic Winds
  • Principal with Aurora Theatre Orchestra

​​Additional Information:

  • Summer coach for GAC Marching Spartans band
  • Regional performances with the Dekalb Brass Quartet
  • Quest artist at several local churches

Nancy Wilson - Flute instructor

​​Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Georgia State University

​​Performance Experience:

  • Principal with Peachtree Symphonic Winds
  • Principal with Aurora Theatre Orchestra
  • Assistant Director, Flute Choir of Atlanta
  • Director, Atlanta Metro Youth Flute Choir

​​Additional Information:

  • Summer coach for GAC Marching Spartans band
  • Travels throughout the Southeast U.S. teaching flute performance master classes and workshops

Mike Wilson - Low Brass instructor

​​Education:

  • Master's degree in Music in Trombone Performance, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Georgia State University

​​Performance Experience:

  • Principal with Dekalb Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal with Peachtree Symphonic Winds
  • Principal with Aurora Theatre Orchestra

​​Additional Information:

  • Summer coach for GAC Marching Spartans band
  • Regional performances with the Dekalb Brass Quartet
  • Quest artist at several local churches

Nancy Wilson - Flute instructor

​​Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Georgia State University

​​Performance Experience:

  • Principal with Peachtree Symphonic Winds
  • Principal with Aurora Theatre Orchestra
  • Assistant Director, Flute Choir of Atlanta
  • Director, Atlanta Metro Youth Flute Choir

​​Additional Information:

  • Summer coach for GAC Marching Spartans band
  • Travels throughout the Southeast U.S. teaching flute performance master classes and workshops

Joy Sullivan - Piano instructor

Education:

  • Master's degree in Music Education, University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's degree in Music Piano Pedagogy, Shorter University
Performance Experience:
  • Church musicial throughout Georgia, accompanying choral groups, singers, and instrumentalists
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