Rodriguez is a graduate of Gordon Central High and Young Harris College, and a former student of choir instructors Kim Watters and Young Harris’s Karen Calloway.
“Genevieve Rodriguez was a stand out performer when she was at Gordon Central,” said Watters. “She sang with the Gordon Central Chorale and competed as part of the Literary Trio. She also appeared in many theater productions. Genevieve just completed her bachelor’s degree in music from Young Harris College. I recently shared with Genevieve how proud I am of her. She is taking her talents to the world – as I always challenge my students to do. It’s exciting to know that on an important day in the history of our country, a Gordon Central alumni will be there to not only witness, but contribute to the event.”
Rodriguez is a graduate student at Lee studying music education.
On behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, US Senator Lamar Alexander invited the choral group in November to sing at the swearing-in ceremonies that will take place mid-day on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.
The 200-voice choir, led by Dean of the School of Music Dr. William R. Green, consists of students who have been chosen from seven campus choral ensembles, including 350 vocalists, which perform regularly as part of the Lee University School of Music.
Lee University is a private, comprehensive university with a current enrollment of 4,954, located in Cleveland, Tenn. Lee provides a liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment, offering more than 70 degree programs among its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Music, Education and Religion. Lee’s growing reputation for academic excellence can be seen in the high caliber of faculty and students who are drawn to its campus.
Lee’s vocal ensembles have appeared around the world at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the NBC television show “Sing Off,” and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The groups present choral masterworks, pop and gospel music, and standard classical literature, performing composers ranging from Duruflé to Bach to John Rutter.
In addition to North American touring, Lee’s choirs perform extensively throughout Europe and Asia and are scheduled to tour Indonesia and China this summer.
The inaugural performance can be viewed from the live stream on www.inaugural.senate.gov.