Management:  John Morrison, Executive Director

John has served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Academy of Music since 1997. He is strongly committed to music making a difference in children’s life. For the past 35 years John has been actively involved in music education at all educational levels. He firmly believes in the necessity of strong music mentors in children’s lives in today’s culture.

John studied at Boston University under three principal trumpets of the Boston Symphony: Roger Voisin, Armando Ghitalla, and Rolf Smedvig. While there he received his bachelor of music in music performance. At Tanglewood John played principal trumpet under Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn and Seiiji Ozawa in the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra. While at Tanglewood he also performed with the Boston Symphony. John continued his music education at Sandpoint as an active conductor with Gunther Schuller and the Spokane Symphony for two summers. Since coming to Atlanta he has maintained an active performing schedule performing and recording with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Ballet where he is currently co-principal trumpet, and Atlanta Opera Orchestras.

John served as the conductor and artistic director of the Atlanta Community Orchestra for several seasons, founded the Paramount Music Festival-a brass festival for high school students, and conducted the Atlanta Ballet at the Ferst theater. John is currently the Artistic Director of the Georgia Philharmonic.

Lisa Morrison, Administrator

Lisa Morrison has been with the Georgia Academy as a teacher, department head, ensemble coach and administrator for over twenty years. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin. Further studies included training at The Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, The Chautauqua Festival, and the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

As a teacher, Lisa has had a broad range of teaching students ranging form age 6 months to senior citizens. She is currently the head of The Georgia Academy Musical Beginnings Program for infants through 5 year olds. While on the Academy string faculty, she led a Petite String Ensemble and co-directed The Academy Chamber Orchestra. Lisa received the Founders Award for teaching excellence during her tenure on the violin faculty. She has been the Assistant Director of the school since 1999.

During her Atlanta residency, Lisa has also been professor of violin at Dekalb College, Kennesaw State University, and is currently the violin professor at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia.

As a performer, Lisa has been the concertmaster of The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra since 1989. Solo violin appearances with the Atlanta Ballet include the Philip Glass Concerto for violin, Chausson’s Poeme, The Vivaldi Four Seasons and performances with the Indigo Girls. She has been a member of The Atlanta Opera Orchestra for over twenty years. Lisa is currently a member of The Amati Chamber Players. She has also performed with Atlanta Chamber Players and The Georgia Lyric Theater. Committed to versatile music genres, Lisa has also performed with The Theater of the Stars Broadway productions and has played for a wide variety of popular artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Rod Stewart.

A vital part of her job as an administrator is to place students with teachers and instruments through the registration process. The philosophy that each individual must be helped in a unique way based on age, level of proficiency, and ambition is important to her in giving the best counsel possible to Academy students. As a mother of three and a teacher of many, Lisa has a breath of experience to guide students and parents to find the instrument and musical genre that speaks to them. Her goal is to facilitate each student and parent to find the best teacher to nurture their musical gifts.

“With the philosophy that music is a gift for everyone to experience, I strive to be a menthor and a vessel. My goal is to ignite the passion and love for music from the very young to the young at heart.”

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