Veronica Jackson -
After graduating from W. G. Enloe High School (Raleigh,
North Carolina) in 1985, Ms. Jackson studied violin at the
University of Miami (Coral Gables) with Dr. Marla
Meutschler (Paul Rolland protégé) and Dr. Earl Sanders
at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). After
graduating summa cum laude from NCCU, she
began teaching orchestra in Wake County Schools
elementary, middle, and high schools in Raleigh, North
Carolina. Ms. Jackson moved to Richmond in 1994 and
began teaching in Henrico County, where she worked
for 17 years at several schools including Byrd Middle
School, Godwin High School, Freeman High School, and
ucker High School. In Henrico County, she coordinated
the Strings Discovery Program designed to introduce
stringed instruments to rising 6th graders. Ms. Jackson’s
orchestras are known for outstanding performances
throughout the district. While teaching in Henrico
County, her high school orchestras performed at the
Virginia Music Educators’ State Convention in Norfolk,
VA. Her orchestras have also received superior ratings in
national competitions in Chicago, New York, Toronto,
and Boston. Locally, Ms. Jackson’s middle and high
school orchestras consistently receive superior and
excellent ratings in District Orchestra Assessments. Ms.
Jackson’s students have received numerous individual awards and recognition for their performances. Ms. Jackson was a 2010 finalist for the R. E. B. Award for Teaching Excellence.
In August 2012, Ms. Jackson accepted the position of Orchestra Director at Francis Hammond Middle School in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). She continues to serve with her energetic style of teaching. The strings program at Hammond has more than doubled since she has been there. The Hammond Middle School orchestra students have received superior and excellent ratings at District Orchestra Assessments. March 2015, Hammond MS was the only school in the area to have four ensembles in the District X Orchestra Assessment – three received straight superior ratings and the fourth ensemble received an excellent rating. March 2016, Hammond MS once again had four ensembles adjudicated – a 6th grade orchestra, a 7th grade orchestra, and 8th grade orchestra, and a full orchestra! This was the first time that a middle school full orchestra performed for District X assessment. All groups received superior and excellent ratings. Coordinated by Ms. Jackson, the innovative and collaborative programming in the ACPS Strings Program has made a direct impact on the increase in the overall numbers in Alexandria City Public Schools. Some of these programs are 7th and 8th Grade Honors Orchestra Event, 5th Grade Fiddle Fest, Electrify Your Strings featuring Mark Wood, ACPS Summer Band and Orchestra Camp, and LOWER STRINGS BOOST! also known as VIOLA, CELLO, BASS DAY. Ms. Jackson is proud to have been named Teacher of The Year 2017 for Francis C. Hammond Middle School.
Ms. Jackson has also participated in several conducting workshops with such names as
Dr. William Jones of Iowa State University, Dr. Anthony Maiello of George Mason University, and Dr. Marvin Rabin. She is highly sought after to serve as guest conductor and clinician. She has participated as conductor for the Virginia’s Central Regional Orchestra Event, North Central Regional Orchestra Event, Southeastern Regional Orchestra Event, District XII Regional Orchestra Event, JMU’s Spring String Thing, Chesterfield County Schools All-County Orchestra, Richmond City Schools All-City Orchestra for three years, Newport News City Schools All-City Orchestra, Hanover County Schools High School All-County, Fauquier County Schools, Norfolk City Schools, and Spotsylvania County Schools All County Orchestra. She serves as the orchestra director for the Sinfonia Orchestra at Shenandoah Performing Arts Camp at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Ms. Jackson has served as guest clinician and conductor for the Pitt County All County Fifth Grade Orchestra and Nash Rocky Mounty Public Schools in North Carolina for five years. Ms. Jackson also served three years as conductor for Richmond Symphony’s Youth Concert Orchestra, an intermediate full orchestra. She was recently appointed director of Arlington Concert Orchestra, an orchestra for adults who have returned to playing their instruments. It is a program that is part of Arlington County Public Schools adult education program called Arlington Community Learning – www.apsva.us/arlington-community-learning.
Ms. Jackson has adjudicated several orchestra festivals in North Carolina and throughout Virginia. In addition to her commitment to her students, Ms. Jackson served as director of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony Orchestra in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she served for five years. She is currently the newly appointed director of the McLean Youth Orchestra Repertory Ensemble.
In July 2012, Ms. Jackson was selected to participate in the Music Educators’ Conducting Workshop at The Julliard School. This week-long program was for the 30 music educators from around the country who were selected by their resume and video-audition. Other affiliations include membership and past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Music Educators’ National Conference.
Ms. Jackson is lovingly supported by her husband Charles Dawkins and her two gems, Camille and Phillip.