The History of the GA Music Camp

GA Music Camp was founded as the Northeast Georgia Summer Guitar Camp in the summer of 2012 by Buford, GA based classical guitarist Derwyn Browne. In 2017, to reflect its wider scope, it was renamed The GA Music Camp. Serving only 5 campers the first year, the camp has grown steadily to a current capacity of 25 -30 campers. The guitar remains the primary focus of the camp but the curriculum has expanded to include flute and vocal performance, all presented with an emphasis on ensemble performance.

Since 2013, Mr. Browne, as he is affectionately called by his students, began bringing in select professionals to enhance the Camp experience. This led to a collaboration with an old friend and mentor, Russell Ferrara. Ferrara, who is an accomplished classical guitarist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, works closely with Mr. Browne to oversee the Camp. He has directed the Camp ensemble for the past five years, providing original musical arrangements to be performed by the students in the week-ending performances. He also provides encouragement in his stellar faculty performances, which often includes resident campers. The student performance is considered the highlight of the camp week, allowing campers at all levels to display their skills.

In 2016, Dr. Kim Robson joined the team. She brings strong musicianship and artistry to the Camp. An accomplished vocalist and flutist, Dr. Kim adds a depth and breadth to the students’ musical experience.

GA Music camp is currently operated on the campus of St. Mary & St. Martha of Bethany Episcopal Church in Buford, GA. The church provides a wholesome environment, ample space for the main activities of the camp, a playground and plenty of space for recess activities as well as safety training for all camp staff.