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Philip E. Autry, D.M.A

About

Pianist Philip Autry has played solo piano recitals throughout the United States, and presented at national conferences of MTNA, MENC as well as the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and World Piano Pedagogy Conference.  His playing has been described as “clarity and precision coupled with feeling and emotion.”  He is the recipient of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Award from the University of Oklahoma School of Music.  He is currently the Music Discipline Coordinator in the Fisk University Department of Arts and Languages.  Formerly he was on the faculty of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Educational Preparation

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, as well as the Bachelor of Science from Lipscomb University, the Master of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University.  He holds program certificates from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, commemorating study at the Gnessin Institute and the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory.  His principal teachers include Jerome Reed, Jerry Perkins, and Andrew Cooperstock.  In Russia he had lessons with Leonid Tamulevich and Lina Bulatova.  While at MTSU and OU, he played in Master Classes for several visiting pianists, including Vladimir Feltsman, Amanda Penick, and Alexander Peskanov.  He studied piano/theory pedagogy with E. L. Lancaster, Jane Magrath, Ed Gates and Michael Rogers, and attended seminars conducted by Fred Kern, Martha Hilley, Gail Berensen, and Frances Larimer.

Reputation as an Effective Teacher

Dr. Autry has entered students in MTNA events since he opened his private studio in 1989, including Middle Tennessee MTA, Nashville Area MTA, Central Oklahoma MTA, San Angelo MTA and their state organizations.  In addition to the auditions, these events have included local festivals, and Texas State Ensemble performances.  Former students include Sharon Laughlin Howard (Angelo State University, B.M. 2001), elementary music specialist in the San Saba, Texas, school system, Christina Lindsay (Fisk University, B.S., 2006), elementary music teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Francyss Pratt (Fisk University, B.S., 2003), elementary music teacher at the prestigious Kingsway Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, and Demetrius Delancy(Director of the University of Delaware Community Music School).  Dr. Autry’s guidance was mentioned in the preface of Focus:  the Missing Factor, a new book by Dr. Morris Thomas (Fisk University, B.A., 2003).  He has served as mentor for three UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellows, Devin Mikell and Kaylina Madison (completed M.A. in piano from Middle Tennessee State University, accepted to doctoral studies at University of Louisville), and Ronetta Hoard (accepted to graduate study at University of Kansas).  Awards to his students include place recognition or prizes in the San Angelo Symphony Guild Young Musicians Competition  Miss Heart of Georgia Talent Competition, Miss Knoxville, James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition, Margaret A. Guthman Keyboard Competition and others.

Dr. Autry has entered students in MTNA events since he opened his private studio in 1989, including Middle Tennessee MTA, Nashville Area MTA, Central Oklahoma MTA, San Angelo MTA and their state organizations.  In addition to the auditions, these events have included local festivals, and Texas State Ensemble performances.  Former students include Sharon Laughlin Howard (Angelo State University, B.M. 2001), elementary music specialist in the San Saba, Texas, school system, Christina Lindsay (Fisk University, B.S., 2006), elementary music teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Francyss Pratt (Fisk University, B.S., 2003), elementary music teacher at the prestigious Kingsway Academy in Nassau, Bahamas, and Demetrius Delancy(Director of the University of Delaware Community Music School).  Dr. Autry’s guidance was mentioned in the preface of Focus:  the Missing Factor, a new book by Dr. Morris Thomas (Fisk University, B.A., 2003).  He has served as mentor for three UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellows, Devin Mikell and Kaylina Madison (completed M.A. in piano from Middle Tennessee State University, accepted to doctoral studies at University of Louisville), and Ronetta Hoard (accepted to graduate study at University of Kansas).  Awards to his students include place recognition or prizes in the San Angelo Symphony Guild Young Musicians Competition  Miss Heart of Georgia Talent Competition, Miss Knoxville, James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition, Margaret A. Guthman Keyboard Competition and others.

General Professional Activity

Philip Autry first became certified by TMTA as a student member in 1987.  His has also held state certification in Oklahoma and Texas.  He has been nationally certified since 1989.  He held offices in the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association (including President) and San Angelo Music Teachers Association.  He was South-Central Division Junior Performance Auditions Chair (1995 –1998) and Senior Performance Auditions Chair (1998–2001) and the Texas MTA Division 6 Performance Auditions Assistant Coordinator.  In Texas he served as a Delegate, SAMTA College Faculty Forum Representative; he was nominated to the Texas MTA Board of Directors and was the SAMTA nominee for the 2001 TMTA Collegiate Teacher of the Year.  He directed the San Angelo MTA piano ensembles.  He has served on the Tennessee MTA Board as MTMTA President, Convention Co-Chair (1993 and 2009), Membership Chair (2007–2009), and TMTA President (2005–2007).  At the national level, he served on the 1996–1997 MTNA Instructional Technology Committee.  For the 2007–2009 biennium, he served MTNA as a member of the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee.  He regularly is a participant/panelist at the MTNA Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Summit (GP3) and MTNA national conferences.

Other professional activity includes participation in the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and Mentors and Coordinators Conference of the United Negro College Fund and Mellon Foundation.  He has presented at the National Association of Schools of Music Annual Meeting.  He was a co-coordinator for the first annual Historically Black College/University Conductors Summit at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Dr. Autry was awarded the Ridley/Jones Prize from the Fisk University History Department for original, primary research on Fisk University.  His research included the preparation of performance scores from microfilmed manuscripts and documents in the Fisk University Library. The research was presented in a lecture recital on the 2009 Piersen Lecture Series with guests Stefan Petrescu, violin, and Ai Ishihara, piano, along with Dr. Autry’s students from Fisk and Dr. Autry’s private studio.  Dr. Autry and Mr. Petrescu performed the world premiere of Work’s three-movement Nocturne for Violin and Piano.

Service to the Community

Dr. Autry’s private students regularly perform at Lakeshore Heartland, a retirement/nursing community in Donelson, where Dr. Autry operates his independent studio.  His work with colleagues in the Nashville Area on the GEMs Committee (Gallery of Exemplary Musicians) promoted the music of lesser known composers, including Clarence Cameron White and John W. Work III.  In 1992 and 1997 he was invited to provide editorial review and four-part arrangements for the hymnal Praise for the Lord

As the faculty advisor for the Zeta Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, his students perform for hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement communities as a mission to take music to people who cannot come to concerts and recitals.  He currently volunteers in service to 350 Collegiate members as the Governor of Province 15 of Phi Mu Alpha.

Philip E. Autry, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Music Discipline Coordinator

Education
B.S. in Applied Music (piano), Lipscomb University
M.A. in Applied Music (piano), Middle Tennessee State University
D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, The University of Oklahoma
Russian Piano Institute, St. Petersburg Conservatory and St. Petersburg Centre for Music
Russian Piano Institute, International Fine Arts Institute and Russian Ministry of Culture

Contact
Harris Music Building, Room 102

615-329-8702