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Executive Administrator

Kim Lorch Perrins is the Executive Administrator for the AYWS. She is also an active freelance oboist and educator, serving as the oboe instructor at The Westminster Schools and adjunct faculty at Agnes Scott College and Spelman College. She maintains an active private teaching studio and is a member of the John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra. She is the co-founder of Play It Forward Scholarship, a nonprofit dedicated to providing private music lesson scholarships for young musicians. She holds a Master of Music (Oboe Performance) from Boston University, a Master of Public Administration (Nonprofit Management) from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Science (Music and Biology) from Emory University.




Matthew Hodgetts is the Manager of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. He is a Music Education major at Kennesaw State University, studying clarinet with John Warren. He is an active clarinetist, having performed with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Philharmonic, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, “Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band, and Emory University Wind Ensemble.

In addition to performing, Hodgetts is a teaching intern for Conn Selmer’s Youth Bands of Atlanta. He won the Kennesaw State University Concerto Competition, and has been awarded Honorable Mention at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium at San Houston State University.

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Percussion Coordinator

Hunter McGee is now in his fifth season as the Percussion Coordinator for the Atlanta Youth Symphony. He also serves as Director of Bands at Dacula Middle School, Co-Director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble, Director of Music at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, and Director of the Lawrenceville Community Orchestra.

McGee is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was a student of Timothy K. Adams and Kimberly Toscano Adams. While completing his Bachelors of Music Education, he performed with the UGA Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. McGee served as director of percussion at Lakeside High School (Atlanta) from 2014-2017 and remains involved with the program presently. Hunter arranges and composes for various organizations in the Metro-Atlanta area, including many aforementioned. Professional affiliations include NAfME, GMEA, NBA, and PAGE.



Brass Coordinator

Kay Fairchild, one of Atlanta’s leading brass clinicians, is now in her fifteenth season as the
co-director of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble (ATE). She maintains an active private studio in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Approximately 60% of her students are placed in All-State Band and Orchestra each year. Her students have been accepted to prestigious universities such as the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute, Florida State University and the University of Georgia.

Fairchild teaches trumpet and brass at Milton High School and also serves as the brass coordinator at Lakeside High School. She has served as the Brass Coordinator and Instructor for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Summer Band, and the Pope High School Band. Fairchild has served as Artist Affiliate at Emory University.

Fairchild has performed concerts around the world, including the United States, mainland China, and Japan. She has performed with Doc Severinsen, Timofei Dokschitzer and The Indigo Girls. She is a founding member of the Ivy Street Brass and served as staff trumpeter for First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia for fourteen years. Fairchild is an ACSM Certifed Personal Trainer and works as a Wellness Coach and Group Exercise Instructor with the Metro YMCA.


Percussion Faculty

Mark Yancich, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist since 1981, is active as publisher, clinician, and teacher. He hosts a Timpani Class at Emory University, founded The Atlanta Percussion Seminar, and serves on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. Yancich is featured on numerous performance videos, and has appeared as guest timpanist with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Ft. Worth Symphonies, as well as soloist with other orchestras, recently playing James Oliverio’s “DYNASTY Double Timpani Concerto” with brother Paul in Atlanta and Cleveland.

His teachers include Cloyd Duff, Richard Wiener, Saul Goodman, Ruth Cahn, Bill Cahn and Vinnie Ruggiero. Previous to joining the ASO, Mark was Principal Percussion and Timpanist of orchestras in Caracas and Maracaibo, Venezuela and also taught percussion in El Sistema.