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PERFECT HARMONY: ALUMNA SHARES LOVE OF MUSIC

With a love for melody and rhythm since she was 3 years old, Patricia Jenkins ’61 has always had a passion for music. 

As a student at LR, Jenkins was the chief majorette of the marching band. She first participated in LR’s marching band as a senior in high school, which influenced her decision to attend the University. Originally, she played the clarinet but switched to the flute in high school. 

“I marched out front and played in the concert band,” she said. “I was a music education major so I also sang in the a cappella choir.” 

Jenkins also participated in various theatre productions during her college experience. She sang and acted in “Oklahoma!,” tap danced in “Annie Get Your Gun,” and had a solo ballet in “The Wizard of Oz.” 

Jenkins completed her student teaching at Oakwood Elementary in Hickory, North Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music. However, it was difficult to find employment as a music educator so she eventually attended Catawba Valley Community College to become a surgical technician. She worked for 26 years at Frye Regional Medical Center in anesthesia and surgery. 

“It was a rewarding career,” Jenkins said. “I was always fascinated by science so I didn’t mind the exposure to the parts of the body or surgery.” 

During that time, Jenkins remained passionate about music. She sang as a second soprano in the Hickory Choral Society for 23 years. 

“I loved having a part other than melody,” she said. “I also sang with the church choir and was invited to sing solos at different events.” 

In addition to music, Jenkins is an accomplished artist and has completed courses in art and theater through the LR Senior Bear program. At age 56, she started karate and earned her black belt at 67. “I took karate to learn self-defense but loved that it offered me intense cardio for an hour,” Jenkins said.

Nearly 10 years ago, Jenkins decided to again pick up the instruments – flute, clarinet, piccolo, and bass clarinet. “The bass clarinet is my favorite,” she said. “I love the richness of the lower tones.” 

Eventually, she returned to LR for a band reunion, when she was invited to play with the Wind Symphony. Now she practices nearly every Tuesday night throughout the year and performs twice a year with the group. 

“I think the best part of being in music is playing with Lenoir-Rhyne Wind Symphony,” she said. “It is the greatest experience to play with such talented musicians. I am so glad to see LR’s music program where it is today due to the leadership and experience of the teachers.”

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PERFECT HARMONY: ALUMNA SHARES LOVE OF MUSIC
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With a love for melody and rhythm since she was 3 years old, Patricia Jenkins ’61 has always had a passion for music. 

As a student at LR, Jenkins was the chief majorette of the marching band. She first participated in LR’s marching band as a senior in high school, which influenced her decision to attend the University. Originally, she played the clarinet but switched to the flute in high school. 

“I marched out front and played in the concert band,” she said. “I was a music education major so I also sang in the a cappella choir.” 

Jenkins also participated in various theatre productions during her college experience. She sang and acted in “Oklahoma!,” tap danced in “Annie Get Your Gun,” and had a solo ballet in “The Wizard of Oz.” 

Jenkins completed her student teaching at Oakwood Elementary in Hickory, North Carolina, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music. However, it was difficult to find employment as a music educator so she eventually attended Catawba Valley Community College to become a surgical technician. She worked for 26 years at Frye Regional Medical Center in anesthesia and surgery. 

“It was a rewarding career,” Jenkins said. “I was always fascinated by science so I didn’t mind the exposure to the parts of the body or surgery.” 

During that time, Jenkins remained passionate about music. She sang as a second soprano in the Hickory Choral Society for 23 years. 

“I loved having a part other than melody,” she said. “I also sang with the church choir and was invited to sing solos at different events.” 

In addition to music, Jenkins is an accomplished artist and has completed courses in art and theater through the LR Senior Bear program. At age 56, she started karate and earned her black belt at 67. “I took karate to learn self-defense but loved that it offered me intense cardio for an hour,” Jenkins said.

Nearly 10 years ago, Jenkins decided to again pick up the instruments – flute, clarinet, piccolo, and bass clarinet. “The bass clarinet is my favorite,” she said. “I love the richness of the lower tones.” 

Eventually, she returned to LR for a band reunion, when she was invited to play with the Wind Symphony. Now she practices nearly every Tuesday night throughout the year and performs twice a year with the group. 

“I think the best part of being in music is playing with Lenoir-Rhyne Wind Symphony,” she said. “It is the greatest experience to play with such talented musicians. I am so glad to see LR’s music program where it is today due to the leadership and experience of the teachers.”

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