Sunny's not blue
|By Carlee Schepeler|
Wilkinson returns to MSU Friday for a new gig: singing with the LSO
Sunny Wilkinson was out of a job this spring when
The School of Music program was in its seventh year; Wilkinson had taught at MSU for 17 years.
But on Friday she will return to campus with her first
“There are five new premier arrangements,” she said. “The
Wilkinson will be joined by her jazz trio: Ron Newman,
“We’ve been playing together for about 10 years,” she
Being on stage is a dream Wilkinson’s explored her entire
From then on, “I was always performing, no matter what
It wasn’t until she went to Arizona State University, however, that she discovered jazz.
“I was a poor college student,” she said, “so I would go
“Once you realize you want to spend your life in it, you
She now has four records under her belt, most recently,
Wilkinson has been teaching voice since she was 21. Today, students come to her studio in Okemos from across the country.
“I’ve had students come from California, Chicago,
Since she was laid off, Wilkinson has taught more private lessons. She also hired a new manager.
“My manager, Sharen Lange, is as sharp
Next, she’ll travel to Boston, New Orleans and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
However, hitting it big hasn’t really altered the dream she’s had since her jungle gym days.
“I just want to keep making beautiful
Sunny Wilkinson & her Jazz Trio with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21