Jenny grew up in Bartow, but spent many years traveling throughout the United States and part of Europe as a professional musician. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Florida Southern College and currently serves on their vocal faculty. She attended graduate school at the Royal Academy of Music in London, toured Italy as an opera singer, and performed in Salzburg, Austria. Upon her return, she received a Master’s in Music Performance from Georgia State University and performed from Florida to California and everywhere in between. While in New York, she worked with a non-profit arts organization, which provided direction for The Orpheum. In addition to teaching at Florida Southern, she teaches piano and voice at home and her students range from 8 to 80!
What is your business? The Orpheum is a non-profit performing arts venue breathing new life into the artistic community in Polk County.
Who are your clients? Anyone with a love for the performing arts. We engage the entire community by providing opportunities for local and regional performers to share their talents and work with students to provide high-caliber instruction in the performing arts.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? When I returned from New York, I noticed performing opportunities and venues were scarce and our schools were struggling to keep the arts available to students. When I discovered the building and its rich artistic history, I knew it was my mission to bridge the gaps between audience/artist and student/teacher (and I could do so under one roof)!
What are some business wins? The support that we’ve received since the beginning has been unrivaled. Not only have the people of our community offered their homes, churches, and venues for our events to take place, but they have also helped raise nearly $250,000 for operating expenses and renovations.
What are some business goals? We are moving in on the halfway mark for our fundraising goal and are looking to close that gap sooner than later. Once we raise enough money to move into the building, we can focus on providing a diverse line-up of shows and educational opportunities for students in the community.
How has Catapult helped you? The camaraderie at Catapult is inspiring. Those involved in the community are creative, confident, forward-thinking and community-driven. I also participated in the Boot Camp course, which was fantastic.
What is your Secret Sauce? God. Service to others. Self. In that order.
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