Macon Creek announces Summer Arts Camp faculty for Sessions 1 and 2.


From Macon Creek

Nationally and internationally renowned artists and educators have joined the faculty for the 2022 Summer Arts Camp at Macon Creek. “We are thrilled to have such passionate and inspiring educators coming together to teach at Macon Creek this summer,” exclaimed Founder and Chief Creative Officer Kim Tucker-Gray. “We can really see the vision for this camp taking shape with the insights and expertise these educators bring to this experience.”

Three faculty members will serve as lead teachers for each camp session. Session 1 features Katri Ervamaa, Mark Kirschenmann and John Goodell for the instrumental music camp. Session 2 features Deena Bryan, Joey Fantana and Katherine Banks McBride for the drama and dance camp. Macon Creek plans to announce faculty members for the Visual and Applied Arts Camp (July 25-29) and Vocal Arts Camp (August 8-12) at a later date.

Faculty of Instrumental Music Camp (June 20-24)

Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is a multi-faceted performer with a special love for chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given masterclasses all over North America, Europe and Taiwan. Dr. Ervamaa is on the faculty of Residential College at the University of Michigan, where she directs the music program and teaches chamber music and musicality. She has also served on the cello faculty at Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green State Universities.

Katri Ervamaa

Composer, performer and specialist in creative improvisation, Mark Kirschenmann’s live electric trumpet performances are acclaimed worldwide. As a composer and writer, Kirschenmann explores the confluence of composition and improvisation. He is on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he divides his time between the School of Music (Jazz) and Residential College, a liberal arts learning community. He also directs UM’s Creative Arts Orchestra, an innovative and creative improvisational ensemble, and the Michigan Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Mark Kirschman

John Goodell graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in economics and piano performance, and earned his Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. John is currently Director of Orchestras at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, a position he has held since 2012. In addition to his work as Founder and Creative Lead at Macon Creek, he served as Director of Music and Technology at St. Clare’s. Episcopal Church since 2007. John was Music Director and Conductor of the Life Sciences Orchestra at the University of Michigan and Conductor of the Ann Arbor Youth Orchestra.

John Goodell

Faculty of Theater and Dance Camp (July 11-15)

Deena Bryan was born and raised in Tecumseh, Michigan and began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Tecumseh Dance Workshop. She was one of the first Caravan Kids to tour with Hoctors Dance Caravan in 1993, where she met and helped hip hop great Devora Cooper Howard. She received a dance scholarship to Oakland University where she studied all forms of dance including kinesiology, choreography and dance history. She was invited to be part of the Jayson Michaels Energy Source Dance Association in 2011 during her national company performance as a choreographer and teacher and quickly became a full-time staff member and director of Energy Source Kids teaching all dance genres in studios all over the world. country. She is the owner/director of illuminaTe, where she teaches dancers of all ages.

Deena Bryan

Joey Fontana is based in New York and is signed to the Daniel Hoff Talent Agency as an actor, specializing in musical theater dance. He is originally from Sterling Heights, MI, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater Performance from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where he is now a choreographer for the Musical Theater program at the university. When not performing, Joey is an award-winning freelance choreographer/instructor for several schools and studios throughout the Midwest. He is also a guest artist at the intensive Energy Source Dance Experience, where he teaches Acting for Dancers, an introductory theater course that emphasizes the importance of acting in the world of dance.

Joey Fontana

Katherine Banks McBride is a Midwest-based actress and educator. His work as an actor includes theatre, film, commercials, industrials and voice overs. Katherine currently teaches drama at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor. As a teaching artist, Katherine uses theater and dance to help students of all ages express themselves with clarity and purpose. In Michigan, she worked with University Musical Society, EMU Bright Futures, Young Actors Guild, Cranbrook Theater School and Motor City Youth Theater. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and also trained at the Steppenwolf School and the Teaching Artist Development Studio at Columbia College.

Detailed biographies of our teachers are available at

Registration, cost and scholarships

We are still accepting applications for all summer camp sessions. The cost for each week-long session is $400. Students can reserve their spot by submitting an application and a $50 non-refundable deposit online at Final payments are due prior to attending the first day of camp. Macon Creek is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive summer camp. Bursaries are available for families in financial difficulty. Ask about availability.

About Macon Creek

Macon Creek is a scenic 215-acre campus in Southeast Michigan dedicated to the arts, innovation, and sustainability. Founded by The Hive Project, a Michigan 501(c)(3) whose mission is to empower artists, educators and entrepreneurs, Macon Creek will support creators and holistic programs for generations to come.

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Macon Creek Pictures

01 Katri Ervama

02 Mark Kirschmann

03 John Goodell

04 Deena Bryan

05Joey Fontana

06 Katherine Banks McBride


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