Artistic Director:

Perry Holbrook holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University.  He received his teaching credentials from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Holbrook has taught at Walton High School since 2001.  Since his arrival, orchestra enrollment has continued to increase from 130 to over 400 string students.  His groups have received five invitations to perform at The Midwest Clinic (2001, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016), have received three invitations to perform at the ASTA National Conference (2009, 2012, 2018), and have performed six times at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016).  Dr. Holbrook’s groups have also traveled and performed internationally, participating in four European concert tours (2004, 2007, 2015, 2018).  String quartets (2009, 2010) from Walton High School have also performed in Spain (Salamanca).

Dr. Holbrook is active as a guest conductor.  Engagements include: Alabama All State Orchestra 2018. Summer conducting engagements have included the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) and the Orchestra America Summer Symposium (2006, 2007).  He has guest conducted honor groups in Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia.   Dr. Holbrook has presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic (2006, 2016); the ASTA National Conference (2004, 2009); the Georgia Music Educators Convention (2006, 2010, 2013); and the Texas Music Educators Convention (2005).  In 2007, he was the featured clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, presenting a series of five clinics.  In addition to teaching orchestra, Dr. Holbrook teaches AP Music Theory.  He was named the S.T.A.R. teacher of Walton High School in 2004.

Several original compositions of Dr. Holbrook are behind performed around the country. His composition “Someday” has been performed by the Kentucky Music Educators All State Orchestra and at the Indiana Music Educators State Convention. Recently the Dodgen Middle School Chamber Orchestra placed first at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival performing this composition.

Dr. Holbrook lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His daughter, Bailey, is a master student in cello performance at University of Louisville. In his free time he can usually be found cycling or  ballroom dancing.

Executive Director:

Sara Grimes has been teaching at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia since 2010. As a graduate of Walton, Mrs. Grimes is proud to be teaching at her alma mater. Mrs. Grimes also serves as the Walton Fine Arts Department Chair. Mrs. Grimes’ prior teaching experiences include Barber Middle School in Cobb County and West Laboratory Elementary in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Additionally, she was the graduate teaching assistant at the University of Miami and taught undergraduate string techniques

Mrs. Grimes holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami with cello as her primary instrument. Mrs. Grimes guest conducted the GMEA District V Honor Orchestra in 2017. Additionally, she has presented sessions at The Midwest Clinic in 2016,  Florida Music Educators Association Conference in 2009, and presided over sessions at American String Teacher Association conferences in 2008 and 2009. Her thesis research, “Assessment Practices of String Teachers” won first prize at the University of Miami Research Symposium. Mrs. Grimes is a member of NafME, GMEA, ASTA, Pi Kappa Lambda, and has been recognized as a Presser Scholar. In the summer, Mrs. Grimes teaches at Upbeat String Camp.

Mrs. Grimes and her husband, William, a middle school band director, live in Marietta, Georgia with their kindergartener, Charlie and toddler, Teddy. In her free time, she enjoys reading and taking Bar Method classes.