RACHEL HEARD is active as performer, teacher and adjudicator for music organizations around the U.S. She combines her experience on both the fortepiano and modern piano to present recitals, lectures and demonstrations of the application of period performance practice to interpretation today.
Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree was earned at Rutgers University, where she specialized in the eighteenth century fortepiano. Her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance are from the Juilliard School. Fortepiano studies were with Malcolm Bilson.
Ms. Heard has been active as a performer on fortepiano for over fifteen years. During the 1991 Mozart Bicentennial she gave a recital on fortepiano at the International Symposium "The Young Mozart 1756-1776" in Calgary, Canada. She has lectured on the fortepiano and performance practice at the Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Texas Music Teachers' Association State Convention, Mississippi Music Teachers Association State Conference, plus other musical organizations around the country. She has performed a solo fortepiano recital and collaborated with the tenor Thomas Gregg on the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music's concert series. In 2008 she appeared as soloist in Mozart's E-flat Concerto, K. 271 with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Crafton Beck conducting. Her performances have been heard numerous times on MPB, the Mississippi Public Broadcasting network. Her recording of the music of Haydn was recently released on the Naxos label. [see below] Her current recording project will include the six solo Fortepiano Sonatas, Op. 17 by Johann Christian Bach.
Ms. Heard was a full time artist faculty member at the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ from 1992 to 1997. While in New Jersey she served a two-year term as president of the New Jersey Music Teachers' Association (MTNA). She is currently the Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MMTA) President for 2008-10. She was assistant professor of music at Emory & Henry College from 1997 to 2002, and chair of the music department from 2001 to 2002. She is an associate professor of music at Millsaps, and has worked at the College since 2002. Heard is the recipient of the Millsaps College 2008-09 Outstanding Young Faculty Award.
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HAYDN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 43, 44 and 47 / F Minor Variations
Rachel Heard, fortepiano