Dr. Jody Graves maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, and is recognized nationally and internationally as a distinguished performing artist and teacher of piano. Her recital engagements as a soloist and collaborative pianist take her across the United States and abroad. She has performed concerts in Austria, Norway, France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain and in May 2006 toured in the Persian Gulf serving as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. The Middle East Tour, with the Sapphire Trio, included concerts in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
In April, 2010, she was a judge for the National Palestinian Music Competition in Jerusalem, and following that event toured the West Bank region with the Sapphire Trio performing concerts and giving master classes. The Sapphire Trio returned to the Middle East for a concert tour and master classes in April, 2011. Dr. Graves continued her work as a Cultural Ambassador in April 2012 returning to the Middle East to perform concerts, judge the Palestinian National Music Competition, and gave master classes throughout the West Bank region. She will return to Jerusalem to teach and perform in 2014.
Additionally, Dr. Graves was awarded the EWU Distinguished Faculty Fosseen-Kusaka Exchange Fellowship, and will be performing concerts and giving master classes in Japan (Mukagowa University) in 2013. Dr. Graves is in great demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals. Each season takes her across the country as an MTA clinician, and she has an active schedule each year as a workshop presenter and master class teacher. Dr. Graves has been a presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has been a presenter and performer and guest artist at numerous State and National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences. She served as a judge for the International Piano Competition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and also served as Co-Director for the Eastman Summer Session titled 'Plays Well With Others', featuring sessions on collaborative arts performance.
Dr. Graves has authored articles for the American Music Teacher and Clavier magazines, and completed her third recording project 'Whispers of Light' in 2007, featuring the music of Edward MacDowell, Rachmaninoff and others. She was awarded a professional development grant in 2013 and is working on producing a new CD recording featuring transcriptions and improvisations. She has performed solo and chamber recitals across the country at university guest artist series and community concert events, and has been a featured performing artist several times on public radio. She has been a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and the Butte Symphony.
Dr. Graves is the pianist with the nationally acclaimed Sapphire Trio (www.thesapphiretrio.com) and have been featured guest artists at the National MTNA conference in Seattle, WA, the International Clarinet Festival in Tokyo, the ICF in Los Angeles, and most recently at the ICF in Assisi, Italy in July, 2013. Dr. Graves is especially interested in promoting concert art music, creating unique and contemporary ways to foster a collaborative experience between artist and listener, and is dedicated to maintaining the life of music in our schools and global culture.
Dr. Graves is recognized for her creative ability to engage the audience during her concerts with anecdotes, historical perspectives and humor. She has been referred to by the press as "Victoria Borge" in reference to her engaging humor from the stage. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Masters degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C. In 2010 she was awarded the Yarwood Distinguished Professor Award at EWU, and has been the recipient of two Meritorious Awards for her creative activities. Dr. Graves is an Associate Professor of Piano at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA.
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