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About the staff

welcomeCamp Granada staff members are hand-picked for their musical excellence, for their devotion to music education, and their calling to work with young children. Staff members are senior-level music education majors, teachers in the Community School of the Arts, and certified music educators from the local community. All staff members complete a security background check, and a Camp Granada training session.

2019 Summer Staff staff include:

Dr. Eric (Igor) Branscome, Camp Granada Founder and Program Director
Camp Granada was founded by Dr. Eric Branscome who writes the annual curriculum and oversees the administrative aspects of each year's programs. Dr. Branscome is the Chair of the Music Department at Austin Peay State University and at camp, he goes by the name Igor. He has been an elementary music educator for over 20 years in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. His camp name, Igor, is based on the composer, Igor Stravinsky who was one of the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Igor hopes that this camp name will inspire children’s creativity in their own musical and non-musical endeavors.
“If you never make mistakes, you’re not being creative enough.”

Hope (Tex) Branscome, Connections Instructor
Tex is a student at Clarksville High School. She plays French horn, and this is her sixth summer to work at Camp Granada. Tex is originally from Texas and wanted her camp name to reflect her roots. Tex hopes that her campers will discover a love of music, and enjoy learning more about it. Tex can't wait to share her love for music with campers this year at Camp Granada.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Zach Cheever (Phantom), Games
Zach is a spring 2019 graduate of APSU with a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting. In the fall, he will begin a Doctor of Music program at UC Boulder. 

Emma Lang (Wah-Wah)
Emma is a music education major at Austin Peay State University. The 2019 summer is her first summer as Camp Granada Staff. She is a trumpet player and former drum major of the APSU GOMB. 

Malik Sylvester (Haydn)
Emma is a music education major at Austin Peay State University. The 2019 summer is her first summer as Camp Granada Staff. She is a trumpet player and former drum major of the APSU GOMB. 

Tyler Spuzzillo (Scherzo), Chorale
Tyler is a graduate student at APSU, pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education. 

Rene Villarreal (Cuatro), Basics Instructor
Rene is a music education major at Austin Peay with a concentration in guitar. He is a regular guitar and ukulele teacher for the Austin Peay Community School of the Arts

Dalton (Iz) Hagler, Games Instructor
Dalton is a sophomore music education major at Austin Peay.

Cody (Ceoltóiri) Robinson, Basics Instructor
Cody Robinson is a 2013 graduate from APSU with degrees in music education, and a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She is the elementary music teacher at Norman Smith Elementary School, and is the Session director for Camp Granada at Madison St. United Methodist Church.

Junior Leaders: Junior Leaders are staff who have aged-out of camp after a minimum of three years as a camper, and having served at least one summer as an intern. This year's Junior Leaders were Natalya Kincaid (Viola) and Ella Reynolds (Enigma)

Interns: Camp Granada hires high school students from band, choir and orchestra programs from local schools to serve as interns. Interns serve as team leaders, instructional aides, or general assistants for administrative tasks. If you are interested in serving as an intern, visit the internship page, complete the application form and send it to the Camp Director at Branscomee@apsu.edu or Dr. Eric Branscome / APSU Department of Music / P.O. Box 4625 / Clarksville TN / 37044.

Intern: Austin Burkhart (Ictus). This is Austin's first summer as an intern.


Staff Alumni

Nancy Alvarado (Skripki), Basics Instructor
Nancy is a graduate student at Austin Peay, pursuing a master's degree in music education with initial licensure. She is from Costa Rica and plays violin.

Briana (Clara) Owen, Chorale Instructor
Clara is a spring 2019 graduate of APSU with a Bachelor of Music in music education. She has recently accepted a teaching position (music) at White Bluff Elementary School in Dickson, TN. Her nickname, Clara, was one of the first well known women composers, Clara Schumann, wife of another well-known composer, William Schumann.

Kortney (Nanerl) Ross, Basics Instructor and Cheatham County Session Director
Kortney (Nanerl) Ross. Nanerl was the Basics instructor at the APSU General Session for several years, and the Session Director at East Cheatham Elementary School for two years. Nanerl now resides in East Tennessee with her husband, and leads homeschool music programs in her local community.

Daniel (Zoltan) Milner, Game Director and Glenellen Session Director
Zoltan is the music teacher at Glenellen Elementary School in Clarksville. He was a member of the APSU Camp Granada staff for five years now, and still directs the Glenellen Session. He is a 2014 graduate of Austin Peay State University. Like Zoltan Kodaly, Daniel Milner is passionate about high quality music education and places a strong emphasis on folksongs.  He hopes to instill passion in the campers for whatever they do through his own passion for teaching them.

Brit (Aria) House, Connections Instructor
Aria is a 2015 graduate of the music education program at APSU and teaches elementary music in Robertson County Schools. Her camp name, Aria, was chosen because she loves to sing and an aria is a solo vocal piece with instrumental accompaniment, usually in an opera. Aria hopes Camp Granada will be an opportunity for children to learn how music can connect us all.
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." Maya Angelo

Susannah (Sousa) White, Chorale Instructor
Sousa is a recent graduate of APSU. She desires to teach elementary music and also use her training as a vocalist in speech therapy. Her camp name, Sousa, is taken from the famous American band composer, John Phillip Sousa.