Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry is Professor of piano and piano pedagogy, and Coordinator of Group Piano at Mississippi State University where she has served since 1991. As a solo and collaborative pianist, she has performed in recital or for national or international conventions in Canada, Europe and the United States, including performances at the Prague Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music, Arts and Drama, Cardiff, Wales. She has completed three CD recordings: Saxophone and Other Voices with Gail Levinsky; performed the title work with Levinsky on The Tipping Point; and Contemporary Czech Music for Flute and Piano with Lana Johns, released by Centaur. As a harpsichordist, she performs regularly with the MSU/Starkville Symphony and premiered Travelin’ Music by Douglas McConnell, a commissioned solo harpsichord suite of American folk music, at the June 2013 Convention of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Dr. Edwards is a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster, has written articles for American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion, and has presented posters, papers or presentations for MTNA, CMS, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and Mississippi Music Teachers Association. In the area of professional service, she currently serves as Chair of the Adult Learning Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
Dr. Edwards received a Ph.D. in piano pedagogy from The University of Oklahoma, B.S. and M.M. degrees in performance and pedagogy from William Jewell College and The University of Illinois, pursued additional piano study in Bordeaux, France as the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship, and has pursued post-graduate training in Dalcroze at DePaul University (Chicago), and harpsichord training at the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University-Bloomington.