By Karin Reed
Beginning her singing career at age four, Tenya Colemon has been able to develop her talent through professional training. She has attended workshops and master classes to cultivate her talents as a Jazz musician and has been performing professionally for the past 10 years.
Colemon was one of 31 recipients of this year’s Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) program. Before applying for the program, she had a chance meeting with jazz pianist and educator Cyrus Chestnut at a workshop and developed a professional relationship with him. Colemon used her grant to pay for master classes with the jazz master. Working around Chestnut’s busy schedule, Colemon meets with him every two months and learns about musical theory and concepts as well as further develops her skills as a Jazz artist.
All of her training is paying off. She has opened for nationally recognized jazz musician Donald Harrison and was showcased with the Dena DeRose Trio Stanford University’s Jazz Workshop. Most recently, she opened for the Charlotte Symphony.
Although she has an appreciation for all genres, Colemon has always been drawn to Jazz music. She loves the subtlety of it and commends its history and storytelling aspect calling it “America’s only original art form.”
Colemon is thankful for the grant and the opportunities it has provided her. She continues to perform in the Charlotte area with several upcoming performances.
To learn more about Tenya Colemon visit sonicbids.com/Tenya.
To learn more about the Regional Artist Project Grant and how to apply, click here.