2008 ASCAP Foundation Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive! Scholarship
Mr. Greg Watkins is a native Washingtonian, a proud 2004 alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC), and a current candidate for a bachelor’s degree in Music Education at The Howard University (Washington, DC). He is what one considers to be an extremely gifted individual; pianist, musical director, vocalist, composer, actor, and an aspiring educator.
Mr. Watkins has shared platforms with notable artists including Yolanda Adams, Peter Nero, Take 6, Melba Moore, Richard Smallwood, Dorothy Norwood, Clay Aiken, Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Maya Angelou, Patti LuPone, Ben Vereen, Brian McKnight, Neena Freelon, and Andy Bey to name a few. Some of Mr. Watkins’ theatrical stage credits include Amen Corner, Amahl & the Night Visitors, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Hallelujah: the Soul of Broadway, Junkanoo, and Regina; his writing and production credits include his own I’ll Make a Difference, and The Devil Tested Me But God Preserved Me; and his music credits include The Wiz, Come Sunday: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music with Dance, along with How I Learned to Be a Kid and When a Tree Grows In Brookland, with original compositions by Mr. Watkins.
Previous awards include 1st Prize in the Instrumental Jazz and Classical Voice categories of the NAACP’s Local ACT-SO Competition, DCPS Piano Competition, and the Omega Psi Phi’s Talent Hunt Competition.
For several years, Mr. Watkins faithfully served as member, Associate Choral Director, and Hammond organist for the Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Washington, DC. Additionally, he traveled to the Amalfi Coast, Italy in July 2007, to serve as baritone soloist in the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival with Metropolitan Baptist Church Minister of Music and Gospel recording artist Nolan Williams Jr. Currently, Mr. Watkins serves as Principal Student Conductor for The Howard University Concert Choir, under the baton of Dr. J. Weldon Norris, as well as Director of Youth Choirs and Assistant to the Administrator of Music and Arts at the Jerusalem AME Church, in Clinton, MD.
The ASCAP Foundation Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive! Scholarship in honor of Quincy Jones is funded by the Cherry Lane Music Foundation. This scholarship is presented annually to an African-American college or university student majoring in music who demonstrates musical talent and proficiency in the areas where Quincy has made his mark: composing, arranging, producing, conducting and performing. The scholarship will alternate between Berklee, Howard University in Washington, DC; Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta; the University of New Orleans in New Orleans and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.