Meet Heart of Art Finalist, Jenny Rawson. Jenny Rawson, mezzo-soprano, has a bachelor of music in Music Theory and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia. Her conducting career has included positions at North Springs High School which is a performing arts magnet school and the Kennesaw Mountain High School Choral Program. For 18 years, Ms. Rawson has conducted the Greater Atlanta Girls Choir, a premier girls choir in North Georgia, which has toured throughout the United States and Europe under her direction, performing in Italy, Spain, Canada, Washington, D. C., San Diego, Boston, San Francisco, The Governor’s mansion and the Biltmore Estate. Ms. Rawson has been a member and frequent soloist with the Atlanta Singers and has had past positions with the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus, and The Robert Shaw Singers under the direction of Robert Shaw. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her high energy, animation and creativity combine to make GAGC a fun, as well as educational experience for all the girls.
Read Jenny’s nomination:
Jenny has been the most influential person in my development as an artist. She is the artistic director of the Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir (formerly the Georgia Regional Girls’ Choir), and conducts the high school tour choir. She was my private instructor for two years, and helped me earn a scholarship to the University of Georgia for Music Performance. Jenny has an infectious love of music, and she shares it everywhere she goes. She inspires those around her to be better musicians, both theoretically and in performance. I think, actually, that her devotion to the study of music theory is one of her greatest assets; she makes theory accessible and fun! She began at UGA as a Piano Performance major, then switched to Vocal Performance and Theory. She is still a talented pianist, and loves to attempt difficult pieces for fun! She has taught at the Performing Arts Magnet in Atlanta, as well as directed numerous choirs in the greater Atlanta area. She has sung with the Atlanta Singers, the Michael O’Neal Singers, and many other ensembles. Outside of music, she’s a mother of three and an avid advocate of group fitness. She is actually a group fitness instructor, and she inspires others to reach their fitness goals and potential just as she inspires musicians. She has seen me through my highest and lowest points in life, and has always been a great support and role model. She is humble, kind, extremely funny, and loves everyone. She inspires me to be a better daughter, a better student, a better musician, a better person. The expression and energy she exudes when she is conducting is the absolute embodiment of music. She connects with her choir on the deepest, most primordial level, and draws out incredible sounds. When she is conducting, she is the centerpiece that brings the audience and the musicians together in laughter and tears; she holds them in one moment in time that holds everything important, and can never be like any other. I believe that those moments are the Heart of Art, and I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition.
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