Alumni pianist Robert Henry offers insights to students
By Cheryl Anderson Brown
Robert Henry with masterclass participant Calah Smith.
Robert Henry, when he was still a student at KSU,
performed on a master class with guest artist Susan Starr.
Kimberly Rosquist (music performance, 1997), Eric Smithey (music education, 1997), Robert Henry's wife Meryl, and Stephanie Wilson (music performance, 1997) were among the large audience at Robert Henry's recital on Oct. 4.
Robert Henry has a long history with Kennesaw State University. He first started coming to campus as an adolescent piano student of Professor of Piano David Watkins. After high school, he enrolled at KSU and earned a piano performance degree in 1999. Then, a couple years ago, he returned to campus as an artist-in-residence with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and several international piano competition titles to his credit.
Last week, he offered students a master class and performed a recital that attracted a large audience, including many alumni who had not been back to campus since the completion of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
The students who participated in the master class included KSU freshman Calah Smith, who played Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major; KSU sophomore Steven Bicknell, who played Beethoven's Sonata in D Major; KSU junior Tsuey Wei Seah, who played Concert Etude in D-flat Major "Un Sospiro"; and high school junior Stephanie Ng, who played Chopin's "Berceuse." Each of them received a lot of helpful advice, some gentle nudges and demonstrations from Robert Henry, who less than a decade ago was performing on master classes at Kennesaw State with guest artists like Susan Starr.
During his master class, Henry offered his insights to students (See a synopsis of his insights.)
View press release about Robert Henry's recital and master class at Kennesaw State.