Bio

The Passion to PERFORM

 

At home in the world of performance, Penelope has studied with the masters, honed her technical abilities through countless hours of dedicated work and developed a strong experience-based, live performance presence. This commitment has led to opportunities for Penelope working as a performer in in countless venues across the globe. (Centers For Spiritual Living, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, International Assoc. for Jazz Education). At home performing as a soloist as well as a member of a large ensemble, Penelope delivers her music at the highest standards. 
 

The Heart of a TEACHER

 

Not all who perform can or want to teach. Penelope has a deep desire to bring out the inner talents of students, young and old. The patience to nurture the natural gifts of others so they emerge and grow comes from the desire to help others develop and grow as artists. For over 5 years she has maintained a studio of students many whom discover the importance of creativity, theory, and repertoire as ingredients for success in academics and the arts. 

 

The Skills of a LEADER 

 

Penelope has developed and led many music and arts programs. She has taken them from infancy and grown them to become top-quality performance organizations bringing joy to performers and audiences alike. Leading a program of diverse, individuals passionate about their craft is a challenging and intricate process. Creating an inclusive music and arts program requires the same skills as making any complex, multi-faceted organization thrive. Penelope has a stellar track record of developing and leading high performing music and arts programs many times over. 

Credentials

Penelope Williams Music Program Leader-Pianist-Vocalist-Teacher 

 

PROFILE 

 

Seasoned Leader who amplifies the mission and executes on the vision of the organization as Director of Creative Arts playing a strategic and collaborative role which: 

 

•  Cultivates and nurtures strong relationships within the church community - choir members, teachers, musicians, friends of the arts
   and other partners 

•  Develops a strategic vision for programming, choir, outreach, and events 

•  Assumes the responsibility of arts leadership in the church community
•  Exercises an innovator’s DNA —observing, questioning, experimenting, networking and associating 

•  Recruits and retains high performing artists, instructors, aligned with the mission of the church 

•  Supervises and evaluates arts staff/volunteers to ensure the highest level of professionalism in Dance/Poetry/Choir/Band 

•  Provides professional learning opportunities supporting individual needs and goals. 

•  Oversees the day-to-day operations in the Creative Arts Department - communication channels, schedule, meetings, performances, events, calendar, and facility spaces. 

 

Relevant Professional Experience: 

 

Director of Creative Arts Spiritual Living Center Atlanta, Atlanta, GA 2010-present Music Director –
International Conferences – Centers for Spiritual Living                                                                                        2010-2013 

Music Minister - Unity North Atlanta Church, Marietta, GA                                                                                    2005-2009 

Production Coordinator - Events and Facilities, Georgia State University                                                             1998-2004 

Music Director Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Church of Religious Science                                                                        1999-2004 

Interim Director - Vocal Jazz Choir, Georgia State University                                                                               2001-2002 

Rising Star Records, Atlanta, GA, Promotions and Concert production                                                                1996-1997 
 

Direct Professional Impact:
 

•  Expanded music and dance programs to include House Band, and Vocal Ensemble of 20 vocalists 

•  Produced/directed a contemporary music conference in New Orleans, Vancouver, Orlando                           2012-2014 

•  Produced local Festival with national artists and choirs 

•  Expanded Creative Arts program to include Poetry competition, Dance Ministry and Vocal Workshop
   with Glee Singer
   and Vocal Coach, Gerald White and National artist, Levi Kreiss 

•  Produced Bi-Annual talent showcases for social interaction and talent discovery 

•  Recorded self-produced CDs with numerous featured artists and choir 

•  Created and produced the Summer Youth Creative Arts Camp 

•  Produced a bi-annual, 3 day Choral Festival which assembled multiple choirs, from around the country
   and engaged with activities, workshops, home stays, festival performances 

 

EDUCATION: 
 

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA                                                                                                                 2001-2004 

Master of Music in Jazz Studies: Concentration on pedagogy,
Performance/improvisation. Research concentration on the work of Mary Lou Williams 

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA                                                                                                                1995-1998 

Bachelor of Science in Music Management and Marketing 
 

MODERATOR, CULTURAL CURATOR & PANELIST- Women in American Music
 

International Association for Jazz Education - Moderator/Panelist                                                                    1999-2004 

Researching Legendary Jazz Artists: Featuring 

The musical repertoire of Mary Lou Williams 

Religious Science International Annual Conference - Presenter                                                                       2003-2004 

Vocal Improvisation Workshop: Music as Language of the Heart 

American Jazz Museum-Women in Jazz Conference - Panelist                                                                       2000-2001 

The Music and Life of Mary Lou Williams 

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Moderator-Panelist                                                             1999-2001 

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival 
 

AFFILIATIONS: 
 

Chair: IAJE Women’s Caucus                                                                                                                           1999-2004 

International Association for Jazz Education 

Board of Governors                                                                                                                                           2002-2004 

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences-Atlanta Member                                                               1981-2001 

American Federation of Musicians-Atlanta Chapter 148-462 
 

Notable Performances and Venues 
 

•  President Jimmy Carter 

•  Ambassador Andrew Young 

•  Wayne Dyer 

•  Deepak Chopra 

•  Marianne Williamson 

•  Dr. Billy Taylor 

•  Maurice Hines and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra 

 

Notable Performance Venues 
 

•  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 

•  MLK King Center 

•  The Alliance Theatre

•  Numerous United States and International performance settings 

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