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Faculty Spotlight: Kathy Kelly-George

Kathy Kelly-George is Mount Vernon’s new Vocal Coach and teaches Voice Choice as an elective course to Middle and Upper School students. This is Kathy’s first year teaching at Mount Vernon following the school’s decision to offer vocal coaching to students interested in improving their vocal performance skills. However, Kathy was already a part of the community as a Mustang parent, with daughter Jasmine graduating earlier this year and heading to study Animation at SCAD Atlanta.

In Voice Choice, students have been focusing on a ‘Master Class’ type of format.  Each day, they perform warm-ups, vocal exercises, and scale work, followed a by a two-week period dedicated to a specific music genre. The school year began with the Patriotic genre, with students learning and performing in Chapel a group piece entitled “American Tears” to honor the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Additional Master Class themes include Broadway, Disney, Country, Classical, and Christmas. Each dedicated study period ends with a performance finale during which a few students perform solo pieces for the class. This year, Kathy is thrilled that Mount Vernon Voice Choice students have been invited to sing the National Anthem with the Vernon Vocals at the December 5th Atlanta Hawks vs. the Charlotte Hornets game.  An exciting recognition for all involved!

In addition to teaching Voice at MV, Kathy is a soprano with the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the ASO Chamber Chorus and has maintained a private voice and piano studio for over 30 years.  

Kathy is incredibly passionate about music and is particularly inspired by its emotive quality and the harmonic resonance that humans can achieve when they perform together. She is also a Star Trek fan and loves all things NASA. Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your musical talent with the Mustangs and our entire Atlanta community!