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Meet the Flowery Branch Music Faculty

Please Note: Due to the current conditions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, on-site lessons at the Flowery Branch location are currently suspended. However, you may choose to study online with any of our awesome online faculty listed below. This page will be updated as conditions warrant.
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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
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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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Susan Andrews
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education:
BM in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia
NSM Faculty: Since 2005
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
Frets
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Isaac Bear
Applied Instrument: Guitar
Secondary Instruments: Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Classical Guitar Performance from University of North Florida
NSM Faculty: Since 2005
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
Percussion
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Scott Douglas
Applied Instrument: Percussion
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek
Education: (coming soon)
NSM Faculty: Since 2017
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
Piano
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Mirela Dragan
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: BM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Georgia State University, received the John Schneider Award for exceptional pianistic talent
NSM Faculty: Since 2008
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Melissa Fargason
Applied Instrument: Viola
Secondary Instruments: Violin, Cello, Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: BM in Music Education from Clayton State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2017
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
Voice
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Brandon Graham
Applied Instrument: Voice
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: BM in Vocal Performance from Emmanuel College
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Chorus, Bass (on leave)
NSM Faculty: Since 2015
Piano
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Jim Greer
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Music Education from Southern Illinois University
NSM Faculty: Since 2005
Woodwinds
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Philip Gubser
Applied Instrument: Clarinet
Secondary Instruments: Saxophone, Flute
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: BA in Music Education from Georgia College & State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2011
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
Brass
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Greg Holland
Applied Instrument: Trumpet
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: MM in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, BM in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Georgia State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2011
Woodwinds
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Michelle Hung
Applied Instrument: Bassoon
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: BM in Music Performance Taipei National Univ. of the Arts and Tunthai Univ. in Taiwan
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, Bassoon; Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Substitute Bassoon
NSM Faculty: Since 2008
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
Brass
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Alan McConnell
Applied Instrument: Trombone
Secondary Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Music Education, Cum Laude from James Madison University
NSM Faculty: Since 2014
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
Voice
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Marcy Meredith
Applied Instrument: Voice
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: MM in Music from Georgia State University, MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Florida, BM in Music from Berry College
NSM Faculty: Since 2015
Woodwinds
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Bradley Nelsen
Applied Instrument: Bassoon
Secondary Instruments: Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek
Education: MM in Wind Conducting is from the University of Nebraska, BM in Instrumental Music Education is from the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA
Consortium Musician: Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra: Principal Bassoon
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
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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
Frets
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Richard Ross
Applied Instrument: Guitar, Bass Guitar
Secondary Instruments: Piano
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: MM from University of Miami, BM from Berklee College of Music, Mus Ed from Florida Atlantic University
NSM Faculty: Since 2013
Frets
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David Schroeder
Applied Instrument: Double Bass, Bass Guitar
Secondary Instruments: Piano, Guitar
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Music Performance and Jazz Studies from Georgia State University
NSM Faculty: Since 2016
Strings
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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
Piano, Voice
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Yulia Soboleva
Applied Instrument: Piano
Secondary Instruments: Voice
Campus: Online, Johns Creek
Education: MM from the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (Russia)
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
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
Woodwinds
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Shelly Unger
Applied Instrument: Bassoon
Secondary Instruments: Oboe
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: DMA in Bassoon Performance from University of Georgia, MM from Rice University, BM from Indiana University
NSM Faculty: Since 1997
Piano
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Mariel Uzal
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: MM from University of Georgia, BM from Juan Jose Castro Provincial Conservatory of Music in Argentina
NSM Faculty: Since 1999
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
Piano
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Jennie Visscher
Applied Instrument: Piano
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: BM in Piano Performance from University of West Georgia where she later continued studies through workshops in Pedagogy and Piano Performance
NSM Faculty: Since 2007
Voice, Piano
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Kim Wright
Applied Instrument: Voice, Piano
Campus: Online, Sandy Springs
Education: MMus Vocal Performance degree with Honors from London College of Music, University of West London
NSM Faculty: Since 2019
Woodwinds
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David Wilkes
Applied Instrument: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Campus: Online, Johns Creek
Education: MM in clarinet performance from Kent State University, Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Auburn University
NSM Faculty: Since 2018
Woodwinds
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Earl Williams
Applied Instrument: Saxophone
Campus: Online, Lilburn
Education: (coming soon)
NSM Faculty: Since 2011
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