Degrees and Certifications:
BMUS, Georgia State University MM, Georgia State University
Mr. Jonathan Kochik
Atlanta-based musician Jonathan Kochik is in his first year as Assistant Director of Bands at Peachtree Ridge High School. Prior to his appointment to PRHS, Mr. Kochik received the master of music degree in wind band conducting from Georgia State University (2019). While at Georgia State, his duties included coaching various large & small ensembles and assisting in all areas of the band program. He also served as the graduate teaching assistant with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta. Mr. Kochik also received the bachelor of music degree in performance from Georgia State University in 2016.
Mr. Kochik is an avid teacher. From 2012-2019, he was on staff with the Milton High School marching band where he led drum major clinics annually and taught the student conductors each season. He has also held and led drum major/leadership clinics at Mill Creek High School (2017-2019), Wheeler High School (2016/2018), and Union Grove High School (2015/2017). Additionally, Jonathan has taught horn sectionals and master classes at various metro Atlanta middle and high schools.
Along with teaching, Mr. Kochik is an active composer and arranger. His arrangements include a wide variety of styles composed for ensembles of all instrumentations. He has received commissions from Tara Winds community ensemble and Milton High School. Recently, he has collaborated with Dr. Robert J. Ambrose on creating the first critical edition of the landmark wind band work Arctic Dreams by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass.
Enjoying the many facets of the arts, Jonathan continues to teach, compose, and perform throughout the Atlanta area.
1st Block - Symphonic Band
2nd Block - Concert Band
3rd Block - Wind Ensemble
4th Block - Percussion Techniques
After School - Marching Band/Jazz Band/Winterguard