Leanne Kinney was born at a very early age in Gainesville, Georgia. She started playing piano at Brenau College Preparatory Department as a young girl, and immediately began seeking ways to make money at it. Twenty years later, she found a niche accompanying musical theatre in the community. Subsequently she has accompanied numerous shows and has been the musical director for shows at Gainesville High School, White County High School, North Hall High School, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Piedmont College, and the Holly Theater. She studied commercial piano at Belmont University in Nashville, and completed her MAT in music education at Piedmont College. She taught previously at Riverside Military Academy, North Georgia Christian School (nka Lanier Christian Academy.) and White County High School before landing in the proverbial tub of butter that is the Forsyth County School System, specifically at Liberty Middle School. She teaches chorus and literacy classes to students who are nothing short of magical beings. Through no fault of her own, she has recently found herself working with The Penguin Project at the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center (“the FoCAL”). If you’ve never heard of it, please treat yourself to the information at penguinproject.org. In the 12 minutes of spare time she has outside of doing the work God called her to do, she can be found sharing meals with her favorite neighbors/best friends/parents, sorting out the hilarious hijinks and religious rituals of her cats (“The Royals”), and taking naps on her back porch sanctuary.
(Thank you, Kevin Gilbert, for making this blog possible!)