North Fulton Staff
Seth Gamba, Director & Bass
Seth Gamba grew up in Cobb County Georgia where he began playing the bass in the 6th grade public school orchestra. He is a graduate of Walton High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a double major in Doublebass Performance and Civics. He has a Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Gamba is currently the orchestra director at Elkins Pointe Middle School and Hembree Springs Elementary School in Fulton County. He is also a frequent performer in professional jazz ensembles and orchestras. He has been a member of the Porto Allegre Symphony in Brazil, the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, and the Macon Symphony. He volunteers his skills in the Dekalb Symphony where he plays the viola and is the codirector of the New World Unity Ensemble, the choir at the Bahá’í Unity Center in Decatur.
Mr. Gamba recently organized and presented a Basstravaganza clinic for GMEA district 5 orchestra teachers. The notes and suggestions from that clinic were published in the GAASTA newsletter Gut Reaction. He also presented research findings on adult participation in music at the GMEA convention in 2001. This paper was published in the Georgia Music News in 2002.
Mr. Gamba is the assistant director of the Upbeat! summer music camp and hosts one of the sessions at Elkins Pointe.
Mr. Gamba has composed for many genres including student orchestra, choir, jazz ensemble, and rock band. His compositions have been performed at school concerts, district performance evaluations, and previous GMEA conventions. Compositions are currently available directly from the composer.
Mrs. Hoebeke is the Director of Orchestras at Hopewell Middle School in Fulton County. Under her direction, the orchestras have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation. Her orchestras have performed for the National Middle School Association Conference, the Georgia State PTA Convention, the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, Walt Disney World Magic Music Days, Music in the Parks Festival, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga.
Mrs. Hoebeke received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Florida State University and a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Miami, Florida. During her career, she has performed as a violinist with several orchestras throughout the Southeast. Her professional affiliations include NAFME, GMEA, and ASTA. Mrs. Hoebeke has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator with several orchestras, including the Dougherty County Honor Orchestra, Middle School Honor Orchestra in Muscogee County, Bibb County Middle School Honor Orchestra, Georgia American String Teachers Association Camp, and the GMEA District 11 Solo and Ensemble Festival. She lives in Holly Springs with her husband, Tony, and sons, Thomas and Timothy.