2019 GA Music Camp Faculty
Derwyn Browne is the founder of the GA Music Camp and a Nationally Certified Director of the Childbloom Northeast Georgia Guitar Program. He is a superior motivator, helping students realize their full potential not only in music, but in life. The Childbloom Company has recognized this attribute by awarding him with their national Student Motivator Award in 2013, 2014, & 2017. He also received Director of the Year Award for 2016. A classically trained guitarist, Mr. Browne can be seen performing regularly with his resident guitar ensembles Crystal Clear & Sapphire Sounds. Mr. Browne is blessed with an ability to connect with children that sets him apart from other teachers and he is also a gifted musician. He successfully uses his broad experience to teach students of all levels.
Mickey Smith Jr.
Mickey Smith Jr. is an award-winning music educator, musician, clinician, and speaker who uses his expertise to transform music programs and organizations, as well as convey practical life and leadership skills that help teens and teachers navigate not only the school year, but also life. Mickey has a beautiful passion for helping others with his unique message of faith, hope, and love wrapped up in music. Mickey, a saxophonist, is highly respected in both the music and the education worlds and his classroom practices have been featured on CBS News. He believes that everyone carries an incredibly beautiful song inside just waiting to be heard. His mission is to help everyone discover the sound of their song.
Russell Ferrara is a crossover artist, composer and educator working in the classical, New Age, contemporary instrumental and indie-pop fields with impeccable credentials as a classical guitarist. He is a leading expert on music for guitar ensemble. In the 1980s he founded the Philadelphia Guitar Ensemble which released an album of original arrangements for guitar quartet, won a PA Arts Council grant to commission new works for guitar quartet and concertized over a 15 year period. Russ is the author of a classroom guitar method, Guitar Calisthenics and composer of numerous works for student ensemble. He has directed guitar ensembles at Drexel University, Eastern University, Bucks County Community College and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Kathy Mason is currently the band director at Creekland Middle School in Gwinnett County and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the state of Georgia for numerous camps, solo and ensemble festivals, and Large Group Performance Evaluation. She has also been a guest clinician for the University of Georgia Midfest and several District Honor Events throughout Georgia. Skilled in saxophone, clarinet, and band conducting, Kathy brings her varied skills to enrich the camp in music theory.
Dr. Kim Robson
Kim was associate professor of music at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she directed the music program and conducted the choir, chamber choir, wind ensembles, and jazz band. During 2017-2018 she transitioned into the roles of Lecturer in Music and Director of Choirs at Penn State University Abington, and also as Artist-in Residence/Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Temple University.