AMERICUS (April 23, 2013)—Julie Megginson, D.M.A, professor of music and department chair at Georgia Southwestern State University, is the University’s 2013 Featured Public Servant. The announcement was made today.
A reception to honor her is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Wheatley Administration Building.
Initiated in 2008 by GSW President Kendall A. Blanchard, Ph.D., this award is presented to an employee at Georgia Southwestern who makes valuable contributions to the community where he or she lives and works. It is also a way to remind the larger Americus community that Georgia Southwestern faculty and staff play an important role in the social and cultural life of that community.
“Professor Megginson is not only vital to our music program,” said Blanchard. “She is also critical to the cultural life of the larger community that we serve. We talk a lot about the economic impact that the University has on Americus and Sumter County. This award is an opportunity for me to remind the public that, thanks to professionals like Julie Megginson, Georgia Southwestern has a cultural impact on the community as significant as its economic impact.”
“It is certainly an honor to receive the Featured Public Servant award,” Megginson said. “I appreciate the fact that I work with so many dedicated individuals from GSW who are so involved in civic and community organizations in Americus and Sumter County.”
Megginson has always valued service to the community. She received additional recognition in 2007 when she was named recipient of the President’s Service Award. Since joining the GSW faculty in 2000, she has promoted the arts in the Americus Community. Megginson has served as a board member of the Americus-Sumter County Arts Council, the Americus Theater and Cultural Authority, and since 2011, the Friends of the Rylander, which she currently serves as president. Megginson also directs the Southwest Civic Chorus, leading community performances. She was musical director for the Sumter Players performance, “The Wizard of Oz” (Best Play), and was a performer in “The Sound of Music” (Best Supporting Actress), “Harvey” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
“I enjoy being involved in the community, supporting the arts, and getting to know new people,” Megginson added. “I appreciate all that Americus has to offer, and I want to help continue the positive connection between GSW and the community.”
Through her position at GSW, Megginson is equally involved in promoting the arts. For the last 12 years, she has coordinated the esteemed GSW Chamber Concert Series, scheduling performing groups from all over the world, fundraising, and ensuring the overall success of each event.
Each semester she directs the GSW Concert Choir and GSW Chamber Singers and prepares both groups for concerts on campus and in the community. For 10 years, Megginson produced and performed in the Madrigal Dinner at the Windsor Hotel, directing the Chamber Singers in Renaissance music. The Chamber Singers maintain an active performance schedule in the community, singing frequently for local civic groups, cultural events and annually at the Plains Community Christmas Sing.
Megginson has performed regularly as a soprano soloist with the Albany Symphony, in faculty recitals and as a guest soloist at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Macon State College. The last four years, she joined Americus First United Methodist Church in “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Dubois. For eight years she was the director of music for Calvary Episcopal Church in Americus where she still sings often in the choir.
Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education and a Master of Arts in vocal performance from Eastern Michigan University, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina.
Megginson and her husband, Sam Peavy, Ph.D., GSW professor of geology and physics, reside in Americus.
Dr. Julie Megginson is the 2013 GSW Featured Public Servant
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