Jackie Edwards-Henry is Professor of applied piano, group piano and piano pedagogy, coordinator of group piano and chair of the music department evaluation and expense committee at Mississippi State University. 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, the Royal Welsh College of Music, Arts and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, and Cité de la Musique et de la Dance, Strasbourg, France. She has completed two CD recordings, Saxophone and Other Voices with Gail Levinsky, and Contemporary Czech Music for Flute and Piano with Lana Johns, and performed the title work, Tipping Point, with Gail Levinsky on her second CD recording. She enjoys performing works by contemporary composers and has participated in the commissioning of several works. All three CDs feature such commissioned works.
The completion of her Houben/Taskin 1769 French double-manual harpsichord in 2007 has enabled Dr. Edwards to expand her performance opportunities. She performs regularly on harpsichord in solo, chamber and symphony concerts, and premiered Travelin’Music by Douglas McConnell for solo harpsichord at the 2013 convention of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Edwards enjoys giving workshops, master classes and adjudicating. She has given poster, paper and lecture recital presentations at Music Teachers National Association Convention, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and the College Music Society Super Regional Conference. She has written articles for Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion, and serves as Chair of the Adult Learning Committee for 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, and pursued additional piano study in Bordeaux, France as the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship. She pursued post-graduate training in Dalcroze at DePaul University, and harpsichord study with Professor Ed Parmentier at the University of Michigan summer workshops, the Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and coaching with Professor Elisabeth Wright at Indiana University.