Portia Hawkins

Portia Shuler Hawkins is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Her nurturing  and philanthropic parents propelled her cultivation of  piano talent,  among many other wonderful traits carried by Mrs. Hawkins. Her skills  and studies lead Mrs. Hawkins to thecompletion of a Bachelor of Music Degree from Fisk University and a Master of Music Degree from Yale University.

Mrs. Hawkins has taught at Georgia Perimeter University, Spelman  College, Clark Atlanta University, and Agnes Scott College. Her CD,  “African American Sampler”, is heard on several public radio stations  throughout the country. Mrs Hawkins has also edited a piano collection  of works by William Grant Still at the request of his daughter, Judith  Still. Presently, Portia performs collaborative concerts throughout the  region, teaches privately in her Roswell studio, and frequently serves  as a vocal and instrumental accompanist. In addition, she is the  organist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Roswell, Georgia.  Mrs. Hawkins is an adjudicator for and is an active member of the  Georgia Music Teachers Association, The National Federation of Music  Clubs, and Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Fraternity. She has  been recently named as a member of the Executive Board of Georgia Music  Teachers Association.

Portia  Hawkins has pertinent advice for up and coming musicians. "I advise  young musicians to develop several skills that will enable them to  support themselves as they travel their journey towards realizing their dreams." 

Mrs. Hawkins is a shining example of this in her work. Thank you for being a shining light in the music world! 


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