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Meet the BUFORD Music Faculty

Strings
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Anne Anderson
Applied Instrument: Violin
Secondary Instruments: Viola, Piano
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn, Johns Creek
Education: Atlanta Suzuki Institute, Suzuki institute at East Carolina University, Gwinnett Technical College.
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra: Associate Concertmaster
NSM Faculty: Since 2012
Strings
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Bjorn Anderson
Applied Instrument: Double Bass
Secondary Instruments: Cello, Guitar
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn
Education: Texas State University, Atlanta Institute of Music
NSM Faculty: Since 2013
Piano
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Angela Anzai
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Buford, Johns Creek
Education:
BM in Piano from Kennesaw State University
Awards: Kennesaw State University honors: Emmanuel Ax Piano Scholarship and the Steinway Society Endowed Scholarship
NSM Faculty: Since 2016
Strings, Frets
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Rita Atkinson
Applied Instrument: Violin
Secondary Instruments: Fiddle, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn
Education: Graduate of Guitar and Keyboard Programs from Atlanta Institute of Music
NSM Faculty: Since 2008
Piano
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Yelena Ayzenberg
Applied Instrument: Piano
Secondary Instruments: Bayan (Russian Accordian), Voice
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: Diploma o Nepolnom Visshem Obrazovanii from Rimsky-Korsakova College of Music, Mogilev, Belarus, Specialist Diploma in Culture and Education from Kult-Prosvet College of Music, Mogilev, Belarus
NSM Faculty: Since 2008
Piano, Frets
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Zane Brock
Applied Instrument: Piano
Secondary Instruments: Banjo, Guitar
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: EdS from Lincoln Memorial University, MA from Western Carolina University, BA from Furman University
NSM Faculty: Since 2017
Brass
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Joshua Crook
Applied Instrument: French Horn
Secondary Instruments: Trumpet
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: MA and BA in Horn Performance from Florida State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Frets
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Eric Denton
Applied Instrument: Guitar
Secondary Instruments: Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn
Education: Graduate in Guitar Studies from Atlanta Institute of Music
NSM Faculty: Since 2005
Strings
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Marina Dmitriyev
Applied Instrument: Violin
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Buford, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Violin Performance and Teaching from St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia)
NSM Faculty: Since 2011
Brass
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Don Gardo
Applied Instrument: Trombone
Secondary Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba, Trumpet
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BM in Trombone Performance from Georgia State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2013
Woodwinds
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Clark Hodges
Applied Instrument: Saxophone
Secondary Instruments: Flute, Clarinet
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: Georgia State University, awarded the GSU Foundation scholarship for exceptional musicianship
NSM Faculty: Since 2020
Woodwinds
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Seth Kuehn
Applied Instruments: Clarinet, Saxophone
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: (coming soon)
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Brass
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Kyle Loughman
Applied Instrument: Tuba
Secondary Instruments: Euphonium, Trombone
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Music Education from Kennesaw State University
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra: Co-Principal Tuba
NSM Faculty: Since 2017
Piano, Voice
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Troy Lucia
Applied Instrument: Piano, Organ
Secondary Instruments: Voice
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BM with Honors from New England Conservatory of Music
NSM Faculty: Since 2020
Voice
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Lindsey Marcus
Applied Instrument: Voice
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Strings
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Emily Nicolich
Applied Instrument: Violin
Secondary Instruments: Viola
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: Berklee College of Music, Boston, Certified Suzuki Instructor
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra: Section Violin
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Frets
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Fausto Ojito
Applied Instrument: Guitar
Campus: Online, Buford, Johns Creek
Education: Musical Education at Universidad Del Atlantico (Barranquilla, Colombia), Music Performance at Escuela Distrital de Artes E.D.A. (Barranquilla, Colombia).
NSM Faculty: Since 2018
Frets, Percussion
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John Pagano
Applied Instrument: Guitar, Percussion
Secondary Instruments: Bass Guitar
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BM in Music from Five Towns College in New York
NSM Faculty: Since 2011
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Chelsea Shankles
Applied Instrument: Violin
Campus: Online, Buford, Flowery Branch
Education: University of North Georgia, Violin Performance
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Section Violin
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Piano, Voice
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Jonathan Smith
Applied Instrument: Piano, Voice
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: MM in Theory from Southwestern Seminary, BM in Piano/Theory from Georgia State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2018
Piano, Conducting, Consortium Directors
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Rick Smith - NSM Co-Founder & Director
Applied Instrument: Piano, Choral Conducting
Secondary Instruments: Voice
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BM in (double degree) Music Education and Church Music from Shorter College
Consortium Director: Gwinnett Symphony Chorus, Music Director; Gwinnett Symphony Musical Arts Consortium, Artistic Director
NSM Faculty: Since 1997
Woodwinds
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Teodora Stoyanova
Applied Instrument: Flute, Piccolo
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn
Education: MM and BM from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute
NSM Faculty: Since 2010
Brass, Conducting, Consortium Directors
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Robert Trocina - NSM Co-Founder & Director
Applied Instrument: Trumpet, Orchestral Conducting

Secondary Instruments: French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: BM in Music Education from Kennesaw State University, further studies in conducting and performance at Georgia State University, Columbus State University
Consortium Director: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Music Director; Gwinnett Symphony Musical Arts Consortium, Artistic Director
NSM Faculty: Since 1997
Voice
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Billy Valentine
Applied Instrument: Voice
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Buford, Lilburn
Education: BA Music from Shorter University
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Chorus, Tenor
NSM Faculty: Since 2013
Woodwinds
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Lisa Youngquist
Applied Instrument: Flute, Piccolo
Campus: Online, Buford
Education: University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, Flute/Piccolo; Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Flute/Piccolo
NSM Faculty: Since 2019