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Rachel Heard, D.M.A.

Department of Music

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 twenty years. During the 1991 Mozart Bicentennial she presented a solo recital on fortepiano at the International Symposium "The Young Mozart 1756-1776" in Calgary, Canada. More recently (2012-13 academic year) she performed several concerts and lectures during her sabbatical year spent in Taiwan. Heard was also invited to perform a solo recital for the 2013 XI International Clavichord Symposium in Magnano, Italy, including works by C.P.E. Bach. She has presented lectures on the fortepiano and performance practice at the Juilliard School, Rutgers University, University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Texas Music Teachers' Association State Convention, Mississippi Music Teachers Association State Conference, plus other colleges and musical organizations around the country. She has performed numerous times for the renowned Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music's concert series, and has also appeared as fortepiano soloist 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 keyboard music of Haydn can be heard on the Naxos label. [see below] Her second release on Naxos includes the Six Solo Fortepiano Sonatas, Op. 17 by Johann Christian Bach. A companion recording of Bach's Six Solo Fortepiano Sonatas, Op. 5 was successfully released August 2015, also on the Naxos label.

Dr. Heard is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Millsaps College, where she has taught since 2002. In 2008-09 she was awarded the Millsaps College Outstanding Young Faculty Award. She has been an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) for over 25 years, and from 2008-10, she served as president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association (MTNA). Dr. Heard began her teaching career in Princeton, New Jersey, where, from 1988 to 1997, she was a full time artist faculty member at the Westminster Conservatory of Music. While in New Jersey, she served as president of the New Jersey Music Teachers' Association (MTNA), 1994-96. Dr. Heard held the position of assistant professor of music at Emory & Henry College from 1997 to 2002, and was chair of the music department from 2001-02. E-mail Dr. Heard at heardr@millsaps.edu.

BACH, J.C.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 17 (Heard)

HAYDN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 43, 44 and 47 / F Minor Variations
Rachel Heard, fortepiano

Millsaps Music Professor Rachel Heard to Release Two Solo Records Featuring Bach Sonatas