The Atlanta Music Project’s AMPlify Teaching Artists

While trained at some of the world’s greatest music schools, AMP Teaching Artists are more than just first-rate performers. The AMP Teaching Artists are musicians with social change in mind, with the desire to pass on their talent and art to the next generation and with the ability to play a role in youth and community development. Honing their craft by day and showcasing it in concerts by night, the AMP Teaching Artists spend their afternoons in some of Atlanta’s most disadvantaged communities teaching the young students of the Atlanta Music Project so they can in turn inspire social change in their communities through their own musical abilities and concerts.

  • Aisha Bowden




    Aisha recently completed the Sistema Fellows program, a prestigious, post-gradaute fellowship of New England Conservatory that trains gifted musicians and educators to lead El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States…Read More

  • Naarah Callender

    Choral Teaching Artist

    Naarah Callender is a third year Music Education major with a Choral Concentration at Kennesaw State University. She has been studying choral music for more than a decade both participating and conducting. Where she found a passion for teaching and conducting choirs…Read More

  • Dr. Sakinah Davis

    World Music and Percussion Teaching Artist

    Sakinah Davis, soprano, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a performing scholar with an eclectic artistic palette. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, she recently received her doctorate in Classical Voice studies with a cognate in ethnomusicology…Read More

  • Tammy Harper


    Tamara “Tammy” Harper was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She attended Quaker schools from elementary school through high school and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA with a bachelor of arts degree in music (concentration – piano). Tammy began playing the piano at age 3 and began formal lessons at age 7…Read More

  • Keeyen Martin


    In a generation increasingly defined by cookie-cutter vocalists, mass-produced singles, and formulaic lyrics, the music industry may yet have hopes of promoting real talent and rekindling the “soul” –as well as the “real singing”—of music in the form of Keeyen Martin…Read More

  • Amara Pugh


    Amara Dionne Pugh grew up in Montgomery, AL and has been surrounded by musicians as well as educators her entire life. Amara has always fostered a love for music and the arts. At an early age she knew she had a gift of music but didn’t know or realize how she would be able to share her gift. Her middle school teacher, Mrs. Petipas, had the greatest impact on her wanting to become a music teacher. Mrs. Petipas’ willingness to spend time with Amara outside of the classroom to help her nurture her gift spoke volumes to her. She inspired Amara to take that same passion and drive and share music with others…Read More

  • Caroline King

    AMPlify Flagship Site Coordinator

    Caroline King was born and raised in and around Atlanta, GA, where she started playing the flute at age 10. As a student at Woodward Academy, she won the John Philip Sousa award, which honors the top student in a high school band and recognizes superior musicianship and outstanding dedication…Read More

  • Kimberli Render

    Choral Teaching Artist

    Lyric soprano, Kimberli Render, originally from Columbus, Georgia, is excited to join the AMP team! She never dreamed of a career in opera, but has been seen performing throughout the United States and abroad. Her voice has been praised for her effortless and rich tone. In the spring of 2014 she made her American debut as Liu in Opera Fort Collins production of Puccini’s Turandot…Read More

  • Dr. Philip Rogers

    Site Assistant

    Communication is the essence of cultural and personal literacy. Music communication is a powerful means of personal discovery. It allows us to locate worlds and peoples yet unknown or not well known whether as a listener of as a performer…Read More

  • Lorenzo Sanford

    Composition and Improv Teaching Artist

    Musician, composer, vocalist and educator, Lorenzo Sanford is one of the most eclectic artists on the music scene today. As a drummer, he has performed with many celebrated artists including Stevie Wonder, Abbey Lincoln, Peabo Bryson, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday and Lizz Wright…Read More