All instructors are carefully screened in order to provide the best musical instruction and the safest learning environment for you and your children. List of Instructors
Mike Ashburn -Administrator/Drums/Percussion
Mike received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Redcoat Marching, Symphonic Band (principal), Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Marimba Band, Percussion Ensemble, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and was a charter member of the UGA Steel Drum Band. His performing background consists of many theatrical and church productions, the Opening Ceremony of the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996, and a percussionist with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Associate for Music Ministries at North Metro First Baptist Church, where he is the orchestra director, student choir director, and administrator for the school of music.
Rob Novell - Piano & Bass
Rob Novell comes from a heritage of Christian Music and Ministry. Growing up in a home grounded in both those things, he learned at an early age that God blesses us with our gifting and talents to use them as a blessing to others. Rob has traveled professionally in Gospel Music, and has received numerous awards and Dove award nominations during his career. He is an accomplished musician, producer, arranger, teacher, songwriter, and sought-after studio musician. Rob serves as the assistant director of the Charles Novell School of Music. Rob is thankful for all the doors God has opened, allowing him to live out his dreams through his music, but his main desire is to continue to reach, teach, and influence the next generation to develop their gifting to be used to reach people and further the Kingdom of God.
Scott Paretti - Clarinet/Saxophone
At the University of New Orleans from 1981-1984, Scott played in the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and the "All That Jazz" show band. From 1984-1995, he was a full-time musician in New Orleans. Scott has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Aaron Neville and Huey Lewis, and performed regularly at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He has played Dixieland music in the New Orleans French Quarter, played the National Anthem for the New Orleans Hornets, and the Canadian National Anthem for the Gwinnett Gladiators. After being born again, Scott gave up the full-time music life, and has been playing in church regularly since 1995. Scott and his family came to the Atlanta area after Hurricane Katrina and have been at North Metro since April 2006 where Scott is a member of the orchestra.
Jan Grissom - Voice
Has been a guest of leading opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and in Europe, including appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Washington Opera and the Atlanta Opera.
She was born in Tupelo, Miss., more famous as the birthplace of Elvis Presley than of coloraturae. She began singing in church and junior high school, but after a debut concert performance with the Tupelo symphony when she was 16, the one-time high school cheerleader seemed destined to follow a less highbrow path in her musical pursuits. After junior college and while a student at the University of North Alabama, where she continued formal music studies, she worked summers at a theme park in Memphis performing a wide range of music in as many as eight shows a day - including a turn in which she channeled country star Crystal Gayle singing "Don´t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."
When she was a graduate student at the University of Houston, one of her instructors nudged her to try out for the Houston Opera Studio. Not only did she win a spot begin her professional career there, but also she was selected to sing there for Britain´s Prince Charles.
Other credits include performances of top operatic roles with and symphonic concerts in San Francisco, Mobile, Memphis, Indianapolis, Dallas, Baltimore, Portland and many other America cities. In Europe, she has appeared repeatedly at the Hamburg Staatsoper. She was the recipient of the MacAllister First Place Award and Critic's Choice Award and a George London Career Grant. She was also named Washington Opera's 1994 Artist of the Year.
For two years, Miss Grissom enjoyed teaching voice at Mississippi State University. She currently teaches at Brenau University and has a private studio at North Metro School of Music. She recently performed recitals and gave master classes at Brenau University, Tarleton State University, and William Carey College, Delta State University, DePauw University, and FL.I.P. Lyric Vocal Intensive with Carroll Freeman and Kay Paschal.