Georgia Southern sophomore prepares for trio of ensembles
Elizabeth Jones doesn’t know a time when music wasn’t a major part of her life.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a seasoned traveler due to her father’s engineering profession, Jones discovered her passion at an early age. She was encouraged by her mother who was a pianist.
“I’ve always been into music,” Jones reminisced. “From the first moment I probably spoke.”
Jones began her musical journey with the violin at just four years old, and later embraced singing and exploring a multitude of instruments. Her connection with music was steadfast, providing her with a constant in a life of constant moving. Music became a refuge, a way to cope with life’s ups and downs.
“I could always count on it,” Jones said. “You can sing when you’re sad, when you’re happy or when you’re angry.”
About 10 years ago, Jones found herself in Savannah, Georgia. This is where her desire for a career in music cemented.
Attending Georgia Southern University at the Armstrong Campus in Savannah has allowed Jones to pursue her life’s passions in a city booming with music. In recent years, the city has seen an expansion of performative spaces, including in Savannah’s Plant Riverside, which is home to That Great Gretsch Sound!
On-campus, the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music’s multifaceted requirements, which include lessons, recitals and attendance at numerous concerts, keeps Jones’ schedule full with all the elements of the industry she loves.
And soon, she will be able to show her talents in a series of upcoming Georgia Southern ensemble concerts at the Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Auditorium in Savannah.
The concert series will begin with the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and continue with the Commercial Music Ensemble on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will showcase the Percussion Ensemble on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is made up of undergraduate music majors and non-majors. They sing popular musicare sometimes accompanied by a student-led rhythm section.
Notably, the Armstrong Percussion Ensemble will conclude its concert with music from the Super Mario Galaxy Wii series. Video of gameplay will accompany the group’s performance.
General admission tickets are $6. However, students, faculty and staff are free with Eagle ID. Tickets can be purchased online at this website.
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