The Atlanta Music Project Orchestral 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.

  • Averil Taylor

    LEAD WIND TEACHING ARTIST

    Averil Taylor holds a Bachelors degree in music (trumpet) from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters in music (jazz studies) from Georgia State University. He has had the opportunity to study trumpet with Mr. John Head, principal trumpeter for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years…Read More

  • Stephanie Nussbaum

    VIOLIN TEACHING ARTIST

    Stephanie has had an exciting and varied career as a violinist, valuing collaborative performing arts, music in health and wellness, and world music and culture. As a soloist, Stephanie has been noted for her “finely polished virtuosity” and “sure-fingered, zesty” performances (Allan Kozinn, New York Times)…Read More

  • Yulmarys Zambrano

    VIOLIN TEACHING ARTIST

    Yulmarys “Jewel” Zambrano was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She began her musical career in the now famous “El Sistema” (“The System”), where she developed a broad musical foundation in the study of violin, orchestra, choir, conducting, and solfége…Read More

  • Kelly King

    VIOLA TEACHING ARTIST

    Kelly King, a native of Florence, SC, began her musical journey on piano at the age of 7, followed by a brief stint in voice lessons, and finally settling on viola. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, studying with Frits de Jonge…Read More

  • Ismail Akbar

    CELLO TEACHING ARTIST

    Born in Atlanta, Ga., Ismail Akbar received his Bachelors of Music degree in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Masters of Music from Mercer University studying with Christopher Rex and Julie Albers. Mr. Akbar has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Panama, Bahamas, Russia and Italy…Read More

  • Kevin Smith

    DOUBLE BASS TEACHING ARTIST

    Kevin Smith is a native of Atlanta Georgia. He was exposed to music at a young age growing up in some of Atlanta’s historical Black baptist churches. Being exposed to the cultures hymnody, negro spirituals, country blues and gospel music would set the foundation for a successful music career. Kevin earned honors early on which included perennial All-State appearances, Honor Orchestra, and Festival superiors in the areas of voice, orchestra and jazz…Read More

  • Jessica Sherer

    FLUTE TEACHING ARTIST

    An adventurous flutist hailed for her “versatility and depth of understanding” (Composer Eva Kendrick), Jessica Sherer has earned a reputation for taking on many unique and varied musical projects. An avid supporter of new music, Jessica has commissioned and premiered works from many composers including Richard Francis, Eva Kendrick, Richard Applin, Michael Daughterty and Ladislav Kubik…Read More

  • Bryan Crumpler

    CLARINET TEACHING ARTIST

    The Crumpler name is usually heard gracing the ESPN sports channels, Sports Illustrated Magazine, and the globules of Fantasy Football and NFL fan forums blogging about big butts. Yes, the All-Star Crumpler’s‚ have big butts (despite that most of of them literally have made careers as “tight ends”), and the case is no different for 30-yr old, all-star clarinetist Bryan A. Crumpler, the youngest of a family of NFL football stars…Read More

  • Dantes Rameau

    BASSOON TEACHING ARTIST

    Born in Ottawa, Canada, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is of Haitian and Cameroonian descent.  He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Music Project.  He was recently selected to Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100, a list of the most influential African-Americans. Dantes is a member of the inaugural class of Sistema Fellows at the New England Conservatory, graduating in 2010. As a Sistema Fellow he spent one year studying non-profit management and El Sistema…Read More

  • Dr. John Bryant

    TRUMPET TEACHING ARTIST

    John Bryant, a native of Asheville, NC, is recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Bryant began his study of the trumpet at age 10 and has since studied with Kieg Garvin, Mark Clodfelter, John Rommel, Michael Tunnell, and James Ackley. Dr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville…Read More

  • Marc Boehm

    TROMBONE TEACHING ARTIST

    Marc Boehm earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. While at Juilliard, Marc studied with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. During his undergraduate studies, Marc held a position with Symphony in C, an orchestra based in New Jersey conducted by Rossen Milanov of the Philadelphia Orchestra…Read More