Jody Graves maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, and is recognized nationally as a distinguished 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, 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. The press reviews have called their performances "exciting...imaginative and compelling." In April, 2010, she was a judge for the National Palestinian Piano Festival 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, and they returned to the Middle East to perform concerts and give master classes in March 2012. She will return to the Middle East in 2016 where she will once again perform concerts, give master classes and presentations.
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 for teachers. Ms. Graves has been a presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and a presenter and performer at numerous State and National MTNA conferences. Ms. Graves was a presenter at the National MTNA Conference (Milwaukee) in 2011, and is a featured presenter for the National MTNA conference in Las Vegas, 2015. She was also the headline guest artist for the Utah State MTA conference in 2013. She has served as a judge for the Seattle International Piano Festival and the International Piano Competition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She served on the faculty with Dr. Alexandra Ngyuen for the Eastman Summer Program titled 'Plays Well With Others', featuring sessions on collaborative arts performance. Additionally, Dr. Graves has authored articles for the American Music Teacher and Clavier magazines.
Dr. Graves is working on her fourth recording project 'Notes from the Heart' due out in 2015 featuring the music of Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Beethoven and others. 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. Ms. Graves has been a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and has received rave reviews of her performances of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Ms. Graves is the pianist with the nationally acclaimed Sapphire Trio and they have been featured guest artists at the National MTNA conference in Seattle, WA, the International Clarinet Festival in Tokyo, the ICF Conference in Los Angeles in 2011, the ICF Conference in Assisi, Italy in 2013, and the International Clarinet Music Festival in Madrid, Spain in 2013. In 2014 Dr. Graves was a guest solo artist at Mukagowa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan where she performed concerts and gave public lectures.
Ms. 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 culture. Ms. Graves is recognized for her creative ability to engage the audience during her concerts with anecdotes, historical perspectives and humor. The press has referred to her as "Victoria Borge". 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. Dr. Graves is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA and was recently awarded the Fosseen-Kusaka Distinguished International Exchange Scholar Award for 2014.
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