A premier Violinist with 20+ years experience, Veronica Jackson studied violin at the University of Miami (Coral Gables) and at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Graduating summa cum laude from NCCU, she began teaching orchestra in Wake County elementary, middle, and high schools in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ms. Jackson moved to Richmond and began teaching in Henrico County Public Schools, where she worked for 17 years. In Henrico County, she coordinated the Strings Discovery Program designed to introduce stringed instruments to rising 6th graders. Ms. Jackson’s orchestras were known for outstanding performances throughout the district.
Ms. Jackson was a 2010 finalist for the R. E. B. Award for Teaching Excellence. In July 2012, Ms. Jackson was selected to participate in the Music Educators’ Conducting Workshop at The Julliard School.
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. Ms. Jackson initiated the ACPS Summer Music Camp which began with 30 students in 2013 to as many as 325 students. Ms. Jackson is proud to have been named Teacher of The Year 2017 for Francis C. Hammond Middle School.
In June of 2020, Ms. Jackson accepted the position of Orchestra Director at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) in Alexandria City Public Schools. In September 2020, Ms. Jackson reactivated the ACHS chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The 44 active members completed monthly service projects that gained the chapter national recognition.
In 2016, she was appointed director of Arlington Concert Orchestra, an orchestra for adults who have returned to playing their instruments. Ms. Jackson also served as Music Director for DC Strings Workshop, a non-profit full orchestra, whose mission is to bring classical music to all four quadrants of Washington, D.C. – especially the underserved communities.
As an active musician, Ms. Jackson enjoys performing in several ensembles including Prince George’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, Takoma String Ensemble, and Colour of Music Festival (Charleston, SC).
Other affiliations include membership and past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and National Association for Music Educators.