Meet Our Teachers!
Jessica is the Principal Flutist of Breckenridge Music, a summer orchestra and chamber music festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has been Acting Piccoloist of the Kansas City Symphony, Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Piccoloist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, Jessica was awarded the "Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Work" prize at the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. In 2013, she earned Third Prize in the same competition.
As a teenager, Jessica was a NFAA YoungARTS Silver Award Winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, resulting in debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. She was featured on NPR’s “From the Top” at age 12, and was a Miyazawa Flutes Emerging Artist. Jessica has received additional training at several summer festivals, including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Jessica has an enormous passion for teaching, and has taught consistently for the past 15 years. She loves helping students achieve their potential, whether that means taking professional orchestra or conservatory auditions, making All State, rekindling an old love of music, or simply experiencing the discipline and beauty of mastering an instrument for the first time.
When she's not playing the flute, Jessica can be found at the barn with her horse, Rav. Learn more about her at JessicaPetrasek.com.
Martina graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a major in Contemporary Writing and Production. Her skills include extensive experience in producing, writing and studio recording, both as a producer and vocalist.
Martina is very passionate about teaching and mentoring young singers and pianists. Her main goal is to help each student become the best version of themselves, discovering their potential and developing their technical and performance skills. https://www.martinaalbano.com/
Dr. Paula Van Goes
Meet the Executive Director
Sadi Rahman is the Owner and Executive Director of North Fulton School of Music and Grant Park Music.
Originally from Manhattan, Sadi earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Sadi has always had an interest in and an ear for music stemming back from elementary school when he played the viola. While away at college he picked up the guitar and was introduced to recording and audio engineering. During his undergraduate years at Emory University, Sadi worked with multi-platinum audio engineer, Steve Fisher, at 11th Street Studios where he gained first hand experience of the music industry through working with some of the top names on Billboard.
In the fall of 2007, Sadi began working with Peggy Still Johnson at the Peggy Still School of Music. Under Peggy Johnson’s mentorship, Sadi gained valuable business experience as well as more insight into the music industry, specifically music education. Sadi worked with the Peggy Johnson Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Dallas Austin Foundation to promote audio engineering and music lessons to inner city schools. Sadi had the pleasure of working on the management teams of various talents including Ms. Georgia 2010, Lalona Richards and rising Latin pop-star, Cristina Quinones through Peggy Johnson Productions and Talent.
As Director of Operations of Peggy Still School of Music, Sadi grew the school from a single location of 300 students to three locations with over 600 students, breaking record enrollment numbers for the 20 year old business within three years. After the successful sale of Peggy Still School of Music to Brian Johnson in 2011, the school was rebranded as North Fulton School of Music. Sadi helped Brian transition the school from a solely lesson business to one that invested in artist development and community. With this transition, the music school opened a new recording studio in 2012, Lucky Dog Studios. Sadi worked with Lucky Dog Studios as the studio manager and gained more experience as an audio engineer mixing countless student and local talent EPs and full-length albums under the tutelage of Avid instructor and audio engineer, Joe Kay. Through more exposure into the music industry, Sadi assisted Brian Johnson in opening an independent record label in 2013, Highway 9 Records, which signed internationally touring and award-winning rock band, Kickin Valentina. In 2014 Sadi was selected to become regional chairman of the Atlanta 1 Division of the National Federation of Music Clubs. In August of 2016, Sadi successfully purchased North Fulton School of Music from Brian Johnson and is currently serving as the Executive Director for the school. In the fall of 2018, Sadi opened Grant Park Music, the newest branch of North Fulton School of Music.