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, AMP ACADEMY COORDINATOR

    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

    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

  • Peggy Benkeser

    GENERAL MUSIC TEACHING ARTIST

    Peggy Benkeser has twenty five years of experience as a teacher, professional percussionist and arts administrator. She has taught music to students of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. Peggy currently teaches at Cliff Valley School where she is an innovative creator of integrated curriculum units designed to meet language arts, social studies, and science educational standards while also meeting music standards…Read More

  • Chanell Childers

    GENERAL MUSIC TEACHING ARTIST

    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

  • Lewis Eichelberger

    AMP ACADEMY VIOLIN TEACHING ARTIST

    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

    INTERIM TRUMPET TEACHING ARTIST

    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

  • Christopher Malone

    VIOLA TEACHING ARTIST

    Christopher began his musical journey at age 11 studying both the euphonium and violin while attending Brown Middle School. He’s a 2007 graduate of North Atlanta High School under the Performing Arts Magnet. During his time as a violinist Christopher was a member with the Atlanta Public Schools Youth Orchestra from 2004-2007 with Natalie and Reginald Colbert and participated in the Vega String Quartet Chamber Music Program in 2006. He has also participated in the Georgia State Honors Orchestra in 2004 and served as concertmaster in 2006…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 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

  • 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

  • Rodney Allen Jr.

    WINDS SITE ASSISTANT

    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

    STRINGS SITE ASSISTANT

    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