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Rev. Carolyn Marie Wilkins

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Berklee College of Music
881140 Boylston Street
Boston , Massachusetts 02215
United States

Company Description: Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of...   more

Employment History

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  • Founder
    Inspirational Ministries


  • masters degree , management
  • bachelors Degree , management
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Carolyn Wilkins | Carolyn Wilkins SpiritJazz | News, 8 Mar 2015 [cached]
Carolyn Wilkins
On Monday June 30 at 6PM, Carolyn Wilkins will be reading and signing books at the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library, (300 Harvard Street in Allston, MA).
Join Carolyn Wilkins and the rest of the Bon Voyage Jazz Quartet for a Father's Day Jazz Brunch at Ryles in Inman Square.
On May 23, Carolyn Wilkins will join her Oberlin classmates in reading at "Hearts Touched By Fire," an afternoon of poetry and prose .
On Wednesday May 7 at 6PM the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library will present an interactive multi-media performance featuring visual artist Linda Clave and jazz pianist Carolyn Wilkins. Using excerpts from Carolyn Wilkins' book They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her as a starting point, the two women will create together an original composition using sound, spoken word and visual art.
Carolyn Wilkins to guest lecture at Vassar College
At 3pm today Carolyn Wilkins will speak about They Raised Me Up at Professor Kathryn Libin's class on Women Making Music.
Carolyn will be joining author and Ensemble Department colleague Rebecca Cline at the next meeting of the Berklee Women's Collective.
It's a proud moment for Carolyn, who remembers what it was like to be the only black female teaching in the entire Performance Division.
Join Carolyn for brunch at Ryles Jazz Club this Sunday! She'll be performing with the Bon Voyage Jazz Quartet from 10:30-2:30.
Join Carolyn Wilkins and Florence Ladd at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street in Cambridge MA tonight at 7PM!
Carolyn will be talking about and signing copies of her new book They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her in the Hastings Room at First Church in Cambridge - 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140.
On Thursday February 20, Carolyn will join a big band on the stage of the Berklee Performance center to play a concert in honor of Sun Ra's 100th birthday.
by Carolyn Marie Wilkins
They Raised Me Up is the story of single mother Carolyn Wilkins' battle to succeed in the man's world of jam sessions and jazz clubs, and of the five musically gifted black women who inspired her. In sync with the release, Wilkins will be signing books and reading excerpts from They Raised Me Up at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Chicago, IL 60637 - (773) 684-1300.
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Wilkins alternates her own story with those of her ancestors' struggles to realize their own dreams: Phillipa Schuyler, whose efforts to "pass" for white inspired Carolyn to embrace her own black identity; Marjory Jackson, the musician and single mother whose dark complexion and flamboyant lifestyle always raised eyebrows; Lilly Pruett, the stunningly beautiful daughter of an illiterate sharecropper; and Ruth Lipscomb, the country girl who realized her dream of becoming a concert pianist.
About the Author: Carolyn Marie Wilkins is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has toured South America as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, performed on radio and television with her group SpiritJazz, and worked as a percussionist for the Pittsburgh and Singapore symphonies. She has released several critically acclaimed CDs of her original compositions and is the author of Tips for Singers: Performing, Auditioning, and Rehearsing (Berklee Press) and Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success (University of Missouri Press).
Join Carolyn and Monique Byrnes at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 39 E Central St in Natick Center for a dynamic jazz worship service.
Carolyn will be talking about her new book They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her at 7PM on Thursday, February 27 at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140.
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This time Carolyn's in Bogota, Colombia to perform and teach a workshop. She is auditioning talented students who want to come to Berklee College of Music. A fantastic experience - so many new friends! Read More...
Carolyn on tour in Turkey January 02, 2013 Carolyn began the new year with a trip to Ankhara Turkey where she gave a clinic and auditioned new students for Berklee. An amazing experience! Read More...
Carolyn on tour in Atlanta November 04, 2012 Carolyn's on the road again, this time auditioning students for Berklee College of Music! While there she got a chance to check out some amazing new talent. Read More...
Carolyn in Farmington MO and Chicago IL for Book Tour April 25, 2011 Carolyn has been traveling around the country promoting her new book Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success. After a well attended reading at Porter Square Books in Cambridge in February, Carolyn traveled to Chicago where she read at 57th Street Books and at St. Mark Church. Recently, Carolyn appeared in concert at Long Hall in Farmington MO where she performed to raise money for the Farmington Association for the Preservation of the African American Masonic Cemetery. She also read from Damn Near White and was interviewed on KREI radio. Read More...
Damn Near White Book Review in the Boston Globe November 11, 2010 November 20, 2010 ‘Damn Near White’ explores writer’s family history and her th... Exploration of race blends memoir with family history By Steve Weinberg November 11, 2010 Carolyn Marie Wilkins is a professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and a performing jazz musician.
Growing up among Chicago’s light-skinned African-American elite, Wilkins realized later that she possessed only a limited idea of what it meant to identify as black when she could have passed as white. Referring to her intellectual achievements, her fair skin, and her race, Wilkins adopted this rhyme for herself: “Light and bright perhaps, but definitely not white.’’ In her book â€" part memoir, part essay on race relations, part dual biography of her paternal great- grandfather and grandfather â€" Wilkins wrestles with her light-skinned identity, perhaps amplified by her marriage to a Caucasian male.
As Carolyn Wilkins researched her grandfather’s Labor Department accomplishments, she became obsessed about learning why he was dismissed from the post while Eisenhower still served as president.
Carolyn Wilkins grew up defending her racial identity. Because of her light complexion and wavy hair, she spent years struggling to convince others that she was black. Her family’s prominence set Carolyn’s experiences even further apart from those of the average African American. Her father and uncle were well-known lawyers who had graduated from Harvard Law School.
Only in the company of her mischievous Aunt Marjory, a woman who refused to let the conventions of “proper†black society limit her, does Carolyn feel a true connection to her family's African American heritage. When Aunt Marjory passes away, Carolyn inherits ten bulging scrapbooks filled with family history and memories.
Tackling issues of class, color, and caste, Wilkins reflects on the changes of African American life in U.S. history through her dedicated search to discover her family’s powerful story.
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Carolyn Wilkins - Carolyn Wilkins SpiritJazz - Bio, 4 Oct 2013 [cached]
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Carolyn Wilkins: Bio
Carolyn Wilkins is a Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College of Music. She is the author of They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother And The Women Who Inspired Her and of Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success, Both books are available a from the University of Missouri Press. Carolyn is also the author Tips for Singers: Performing, Auditioning and Rehearsing, (Hal Leonard Publications)
Ms Wilkins is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and vocalist whose performance experience includes radio and television appearances with her group SpiritJazz, a concert tour of South America as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department, performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony as a percussionist under Andre Previn, and shows featuring Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson and the Fifth Dimension.
Carolyn has performed at Boston's Regattabar, Scullers' Grille, the Globe Jazz Festival and the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival. She has appeared in concert at Harvard, Brandeis and Boston Universities, and has also been featured four times as a part of Boston's annual First Night Celebration.
Ms. Wilkins has released four critically acclaimed CD's of her original compositions on Tiphereth Records: SpiritJazz I, SpiritJazz II, Healin' Time, and Praise Song. Carolyn has composed music for The Search Goes On , an original musical which was performed at First Night 2000, for the NPR adaptation of Langston Hughes' Tell Your Mama, poet Phil Bryant's Southside Suite, and for Return, a Meditational Journey of Self Discovery for Black Women.
© 2013 Carolyn Wilkins
About Us, 1 Sept 2012 [cached]
Carolyn Wilkins, President
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins
A business executive who has written and edited promotional copy, speeches, media and consumer communications, she designed, edited and published the Greedy Mouth books. She has bachelors and masters degrees in management, and became a minister in 2008. She is a speaker, life coach and business consultant.
Wilkins is president of Melchisedec Publishing and Key Note Entertainment, and founder of Inspirational Ministries. She resides in Culver City, California.
.:: Welcome To ::., 1 June 2010 [cached]
Carolyn Wilkins has over 25 years experience in marketing, sales and distribution and has successfully managed multi-million dollar programs with Fortune 500 companies. She is President of Key Knote Entertainment and in charge of the overall operations of the company. Ms. Wilkins manages all projects and led the effort on the Grammy-nominated album by Lamont Dozier.
Ms. Wilkins is a managing partner of Key Knote's record labels and executive producer for their last release "Larry Yates As Is".
Ms. Wilkins is a consultant, author and writer/producer. She delivers workshops on marketing strategies, effective business practices and career development.
Jazz Service | First Church Cambridge, 8 April 2010 [cached]
The lively Jazz Worship at First Church features the musical stylings of Carolyn Wilkins, an accomplished jazz pianist, singer and composer, who serves as the musical director for the service. Each month, Carolyn assembles a trio - or more - of jazz musicians from the Boston area, many of them faculty colleagues of Carolyn's at the Berklee School of Music.
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