An internationally respected pedagogue, Rebecca Henry holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at Peabody and brings her expertise to the students in the Conservatory and Preparatory as well as to teachers throughout the world via Peabody Pro online Pedagogy Master Classes and Teacher Workshops.
In the Conservatory she teaches Violin and Viola Pedagogy, violin and viola minors, and mentors students in the Masters of Performance/Pedagogy degree.
After thirty-five years leading the development of the Preparatory String Department as Chair and Co-Chair, Henry stepped into a new role as Associate Chair of String Pedagogy where she focuses on pedagogy, curricular development, and teacher workshops.
In 2007 she received funding from the Dorothy and Richard Starling Foundation to develop Peabody’s Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, which she directs. This group of eight serious violinists rehearse, perform, develop, explore and travel together.
In the summers Henry co-directs Violin Practice Lab in Rockville, MD, and is on the faculty at the Indiana University Teacher’s Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists, and at The Heifetz International Music Festival.
Henry is also Lecturer in String Pedagogy at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, and is co-founder of ViolinPractice.com, an innovative web site that provides over 2000 videos designed to support students, teachers and parents in their journey towards effective and creative practice For eight years she was Assistant Professor of Viola at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.
Henry has presented master classes and pedagogy workshops around the U.S. for professional organizations including ASTA, MTNA, SAA and MENC and for music schools including The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), University of Michigan, The Eastman School of Music, The Royal Academy (Toronto), Mt. Royal College (Calgary), The School for Strings (NY), George Mason University (VA) , Susquehanna University (PA), Lawrence University (WI), The Milwaukee Conservatory of Music, The University of Wyoming, and Bilkent University (Turkey).
Henry’s students perform regularly at Peabody and throughout the region both as competition winners and in service to their communities. Her students have performed as soloists with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Orchestra, Landon Symphonette, Peabody Youth Orchestra and Montgomery County Youth Orchestra and have performed in the ASTA National Honors Orchestra, National Guild of Community Music Schools Orchestra, and in the Alexander Schneider Chamber Orchestra in New York City and have been members and concertmasters of Maryland All-State Orchestras and the All-Eastern Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra. Her former students have been accepted at schools including The Peabody Conservatory, The New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School of Music, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her Pedagogy and Preparatory students and are performing and teaching around the world.
Henry is a member of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Kegelstatt Trio, which performed in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region for many years, and performs regularly in faculty chamber ensembles. She has also performed in summer chamber music festivals at Indiana University and in Santa Barbara, CA, Plymouth, NH, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Trogen, Switzerland.
Henry has co-edited a series of contemporary music for violin ensembles with Mimi Zweig, What’s New, published by One World Strings and continues to commission new works for young string players. She has written reviews and articles for the American String Teacher, has been interviewed for Strad Magazine and is quoted in the book The Young Musician’s Survival Guide: Tips from Teens and Pros by Amy Nathan. Henry received Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Service to Strings awards from MD/DC ASTA was named Teacher of the Year by MD/DC ASTA in 1991, and is listed in Who’s Who of American Educators.
Prior to moving to Baltimore, she was on the faculty at the University of Indianapolis and at her alma mater, Indiana University, where she studied viola and violin with Kim Kashkashian, Georges Janzer and Mimi Zweig, and chamber music with Fritz Magg, James Buswell and Janos Starker. She was named the Presser Scholar at Indiana University and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.