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Connie Cooper

Charlotte Director

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Connie Cooper grew up in the Baltimore/Philly area and has always had a passion and appreciation for music and an admiration of great singers. Her early musical inspirations were old-school R&B/soul singers such as Al Green, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan. But, throughout the years, she grew to appreciate artists from all genres.

In the '80s, she performed regularly with an event band, covering everything from the Supremes to Linda Ronstadt to Heart. She also performed as part of an acoustic trio with two other female vocalists/guitarists in the Charlotte area.

Currently, Connie is the Owner/Managing Director of Ballantyne School of Music.

Connie has a business degree from UMass Amherst and worked in affinity card banking for the majority of her career. She relocated to Charlotte in 2003 and, in 2010, began pursuing a career in music education. "I've worked with many talented students who have dreams of pursuing careers in music and are seeking opportunities to gain experience performing in front of a live audience. So many of my musician friends attest that 15 minutes on stage is more valuable than countless hours of practicing alone. What a great career I have helping to provide these young talents with that stage experience!"