Since it's recognition by president Jimmy Carter in 1979, June has been known as Black Music Month . Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music and successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music.
This June, we celebrate the artists who are contributing to the advancement of black music.
Andrew Koonce is a gifted virtuoso violinist and teenager based in Atlanta. Though he is young, Andrew’s musical accomplishments are leading him on the road to notable success. While in middle school, Andrew won the Festival Disney Best Concert Artist Award and held the title of Concertmaster for the Georgia ASTA Summer Music Camp and helped lead the orchestra through a wide variety of challenging historical pieces. Recently he was awarded the title of Chief Concertmaster for the Georgia All State 6-8th Grade Orchestra, earning one of the most prestigious titles given to a young musician. This black music month we celebrate Andrew on his path to greatness.