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


    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

  • Ismail Akbar


    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

  • LaTashia Bridges


    Ms. LaTashia S. Bridges, is a native of Atlanta, GA and a product of the Atlanta Public and Fulton County School systems. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. As a violinist, she has performed with several well-known symphonies including Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral Orchestra…Read More

  • Marc Boehm


    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

  • Chanell Childers


    Philadelphia native Chanell Childers is a singer, teacher, musician, and a mentor. At a very young age she was exposed to music of all genres from her parents. At the age of six Chanell started studying classical piano followed by three years of acting lessons at Freedom Theater. While at Freedom Theater she discovered that she also had the gift of singing…Read More

  • Bryan Crumpler


    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

  • Lewis Eichelberger


    Lewis Eichelberger is a violinist and composer from Atlanta, Georgia. He started playing the violin at the age of 4 and made his professional debut at 14 when he preformed a recital to benefit the German School of Atlanta at the Callanwolde Performing Arts Center. Lewis has had master classes or coaching with Mr. Sanford Allen, Mr. David Cerone, Mr.David Russell Mr. Sergiu Schwartz, and Mrs.Almita Vamos…Read More

  • Daniel Terence Harper


    Daniel Terence Harper earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University in 2009. While at Rutgers, Daniel had the opportunity to study privately with the late great William Fielder, whose students have included Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Sean Jones, Derrick Gardner and Terrell Stafford…Read More

  • Sarah Lee

    AMP Academy Violin Teaching Artist

    Sarah Lee grew up in California, where she was trained from an early age on the violin. She studied in the Bay Area at the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division and attended San Domenico School in Marin County, receiving a full scholarship through the Virtuoso Program, an intensive pre-conservatory string instrument program…Read More

  • Claire McDonald

    Interim Flute Teaching Artist

    Born and raised in Atlanta, Claire was educated in the Atlanta Public School system where she participated in many youth band and orchestra programs starting at age 9. She later studied music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where she studied with Norma Rogers, former piccolo player of the Nashville Symphony…Read More

  • Adam Scott Neal

    Theory Teaching Artist

    Adam Scott Neal (b. 1981, Atlanta) is a composer, video artist, and improviser. He earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University. Adam has enjoyed over 150 performances of his music in 27 states and 9 countries…Read More

  • Dantes Rameau


    Born in Ottawa, Canada, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Music Project. Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intense music education to underserved youth right in their neighborhood. Dantes holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University and a Master of Music Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music…Read More

  • Kevin Smith


    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

  • Rodney Allen Jr.


    Rodney Allen Jr., a native of Augusta, GA, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music degree with a concentration in music education at Clayton State University. He studies jazz and classical performance styles on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Versatile in woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion, Rodney has been an active performer in Atlanta and Augusta since his high school career…Read More

  • Hannah Grussing


    Hannah Grussing is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University where she studies cello with Charae Kruger. As far back as middle school, her orchestra teachers have utilized her strong playing and teaching skills by regularly asking her to coach the younger students, and at Campbell High School, she was the only freshman selected for the award-winning Chamber Orchestra…Read More

  • Meghan Yost

    Viola Teaching Artist

    Meghan Yost began playing viola at age ten in the New Jersey public school system. As a chamber musician, she was a Young Artist at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School; a founding member of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble; has twice been a fellow at Garth Newel Music Center; toured Alaska and Canada aboard the M. S. Oosterdam as a member of the Adagio String Quartet; and performed and recorded live in concert with violinist Elmar Oliveira as a member of the Golden Rule Chamber Orchestra…Read More