His personal journey began in childhood, when his fingertips first coaxed the basic chords of popular music from his guitar.
Less than a decade later, the artistic evolution of Christopher Jenkins continues. Today, the classical guitarist shares his passion not only through playing, but by guiding area students on their own voyage of instrumental and performance discovery, as well.
"I think that this area is not overwhelmed with the arts," Jenkins said. "That actually makes (the students) more interested in a lot of ways. They are used to other forms of music. They are not used to seeing some guy playing classical guitar.
"In some ways, it's kind of a curiosity."
Jenkins and his wife, Melinda, both graduates of George Mason University in Washington, D.C., live in Cordova, where Melinda serves as music director at Ebenezer Baptist Church.