Posting Date: November 6, 2009
COTA alumnus Robert Henry receives 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award
By Jarmea L. Boone
Robert Henry in performance
Concert pianist and KSU artist-in-residence Robert Henry (music, 1999) will be honored by the KSU Alumni Association with a 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Homecoming Dinner on Nov. 14.
"I feel great," says Henry regarding the award. "This is a validation of all of the hard work I have put in over the years. I am an example of when a KSU student applies himself and when a professor identifies a young talent. This school is a part of who I am, first as a student, then as a faculty member."
Born in Atlanta, Henry began his musical studies at age seven. Among his professors as a music student at KSU were Director of Keyboard Studies David Watkins and current Dean of the College of the Arts Joseph Meeks. He has since performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall and has debuted with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Henry has earned high honors and medals in international piano competitions throughout his career. On three occasions, juries have spontaneously created special prizes to honor his performances.
In response to Hurricane Katrina, he coordinated and performed in the 2006 “Pianists for New Orleans” tour and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Henry has several recordings under his belt, including a 2009 debut recording of “Nocturnes,” with other recordings to follow.
In 2007, Henry was one of a handful of alumni selected to help launch Kennesaw State's Capital Campaign by sharing how KSU set the foundation for his career in music. His performance and interview on the campaign video has helped the university raise millions.
Henry earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland in spring 2008. He is an International Steinway Artist. As an educator and pedagogue, he presents lectures, master classes and youth concerts. Henry also has his own music studio and is Associate Director of the Atlanta Boy Choir.