Meet Cindy Wilkinson, Music Teacher.
Please tell us a little bit about your family. Randy and Cindy have been married 26 years. Randy is a senior engineer at Savannah River Site. Cindy is a musician and music teacher, running her own business. We have been blessed with 3 children, all now young adults. Our oldest, Robert, got married last year, so we now have 4 children with our precious Zoe! They live and work in Columbia. Their lives are centered around their faith community there. Robert is pursuing his certification as a piano tuner, plays in a rock band and on the worship team at their church. Sam is our middle son, lives at home and is a senior at Augusta University, where he also works at the IT desk. He plays in the Augusta University orchestra. He plans to go on for a Masters degree in Music Therapy. Beverly, who just turned 21 is a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Music Business. She is President of the Wesley Foundation there, active in the AMP’D recording arts student organization, and holds a job as well.
Please tell us about your current career. Thing you love most about what you do. My call and passion is to worship God through music and to help others develop their own worship voices. I have played piano, organ and keyboards for years in the church and in the community. Two years ago, I finally jumped off the ledge and started my own full-time business as a pianist, piano teacher and vocal coach. I thank God every day for the privilege and joy of doing what He made me to do.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I have always known (since age 6) that I wanted to play music. Over the years, through several difficult trials, I sometimes gave up on wholeheartedly pursuing that call. Sometimes it was because of a need to survive and sometimes it was out of fear. When I was very unexpectedly and unjustly dismissed from my full-time marketing/client service job 3 years ago, God used that time to build faith and speak dreams into my spirit. We never missed a bill or a tuition payment (3 kids in college at the time) and now I have a thriving business doing what I love. He is so gracious and loving!!
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Evans, and what do you love there?
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Evans?
A: Over 30 years.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Evans?
A: I love all kinds of people–hearing their stories and perspectives. There is no way I can name one most interesting!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: India, to meet our adopted sons through Compassion and to meet Tammy Ma, who has lived and served in India for 2 decades and adopted dozens of street children
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: I am a sucker for musicals (surprise! Surprise!).
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Love Jesus and the world a little more every day and walk in grace.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Do I have to pick one? I would love to do more nature/adventure/mission travelling, both domestic and international.
Q: Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
A: Great choral music, Electric Light Orchestra(ELO), female jazz singers, Broadway or Ed Sheeran.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Evans?
A: Current: Hildebrandt’s and Former: Duke’s, Smoak’s or Sandwich City—miss those places
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: Eric Metaxas, because he has interacted with so many of the great thinkers of today and researched many difference-makers from the past. I would take him to Hildebrandt’s.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Hopefully, loving some grandchildren along with the rest of my family! Serving others and walking with Jesus. Directing an inter generational choir. Hiking and travelling with my husband.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I can read 5 lines of music at a time.
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
A: Another impossible question! Alaska is near the top of that list, but also my screened porch talking with Jesus or visiting with loved ones.
Q: If you were cast in a movie and could choose your costar, who would it be?
A: Tom Hanks.
Q: What is your favorite month? holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
A: November. Easter and Thanksgiving. And January 1– New beginnings are one of God’s greatest gifts to us!
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A: A living relationship with Jesus…..and raspberries.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: Jesus and my Mom.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
A: Jasmine and fresh coffee.
Q: If a movie was made of your life, who would you want to play you?
A: Sally Field.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Family, Fun and Prayer.