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!
Diversita Opera Arts Company