Brittany Grant is an oboe teacher located in Suwanee, Georgia. Brittany grew up in Gwinnett County attending Norcross High School where she played the oboe in band, piano in jazz band, and percussion in marching band. She studied oboe with Jim Sullivan and was selected for All-State every year in high school. She performed with the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in the church orchestra.
After high school, Brittany attended the University of Georgia on a music scholarship studying oboe with Dr. Dwight Manning. She held positions as the principal oboist in the wind symphony as well as the symphony orchestra. Brittany also was a lead pan player in the UGA Steel Drum Band, even traveling to Trinidad to further her studies on the instrument. Brittany graduating the University of Georgia with Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Therapy. She also holds a Master's degree from Georgia College and State University in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Special Education.
Brittany Grant has taught in the Gwinnett County Public School system for ten years. She has taught elementary music at Lawrenceville Elementary as well as Burnette Elementary where she was selected Teacher of the Year. Brittany recently performed on oboe at the Georgia Music Educator's Association conference as well as with the Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus.
Brittany lives in Suwanee with her husband and two sons, Benjamin and Wesley. She has recently taken time off of teaching in the public school system to spend more time at home with her boys. She is excited to be teaching oboe lessons to young students in the area.
Rachel Landers is an oboe and bassoon teacher in Cumming, GA. She is originally from Clayton County, GA, where she attended Jonesboro High School. Before college, she was selected for All-State band 7th-12th grade, the Governors Honors Program, and All-State piano for four years. She also played piano/alto saxophone in the jazz band, was drum major of the marching band, and played oboe with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra.
On a full oboe and academic scholarship, Rachel earned her BMUS and M.M.Ed. degrees from the University of Georgia, where she studied with Dr. Dwight Manning. At UGA she was able to participate in masterclasses with renowned oboists John Mack and Dr. Martin Schuring. She played both oboe and English Horn in the wind symphony, the symphony orchestra, and the opera orchestra - some major works she performed include Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, the opera La Boheme, and the well-known English Horn solo in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. While in college, Rachel became a member of Mensa and was named a GMEA Collegiate Scholar, a Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Educator, a GMTA Outstanding Performer (Saint-Saens Sonata for Oboe), and was a First Honor Graduate with "Highest Honors" through the UGA Honors program.
Rachel has taught private oboe, piano, and bassoon lessons for over ten years - her students are frequently selected for honorbands and all-state. With Tara Winds, Rachel has recently performed in Germany and at the 2019 GMEA Conference, and she is also the English horn player for Northwinds. In response to the need for string programs in Forsyth County, in 2015 she founded the Forsyth Philharmonic Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for adult and student musicians. She directs the group with her husband, Jason while their son, Seth, plays violin in the orchestra.
Jason Landers, Accompanist
Jason Landers is currently a math teacher at North Forsyth Middle School and in his 15th year as an educator (both chorus and math). He is also the Principal Pianist at Hamilton Mill UMC in Dacula, co-director of the Forsyth Philharmonic orchestra, and the pianist for Tara Winds. Before college, Jason was selected for GMEA All-State piano multiple times, received all superior ratings at the yearly Federation Festival, attended the Governors Honors Program in music, and went on to earn the title of Valedictorian at South Gwinnett High School. On a full academic and music scholarship to UGA, Jason studied piano with Dr. Martha Thomas and served as a piano accompanist for fellow music majors as well as for the UGA school of ballet. Jason earned his Ed.S. in Middle Grades Education, M.M.Ed. in Music Education, and BMUS in Music Education degrees from UGA, where he was also a First Honor Graduate. He has served as an accompanist for 20 various District Honor, 6th Grade Statewide, and Georgia All-State Choirs. In February, Jason accompanied one of the 2018 Sixth Grade Statewide Honor Choirs as well as the 2018 Georgia All-State Middle Mixed Chorus. He has been nominated by his peers for Teacher of the Year four times and holds memberships in GMEA, NAfME, MENSA, Delta Epsilon Iota National Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music society. Jason’s former students have gone on to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, the Academy Awards, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and for the President of the United States. He resides in Cumming with his wife Rachel and his 9-year old son Seth.