Meisha Whitlock Adderley is one America’s leading young pianists acclaimed by critics for her “calm restraint” and “tempestuous and stormy” artistry (The Preface, Indiana University). Her virtuosity has led to performances across the United States and abroad including Italy, Australia, and the United Kingdom. As an emerging artist, she won the Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition and, most recently, completed a residency as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music where she lectured and performed throughout the continent. Her first of a series of albums of contemporary piano duo works entitled Adderley & Holliday: Piano Duo Project was released by Albany Records in 2012 and will be featured on the cover of the March/April 2013 issue of Fanfare Magazine to rave reviews: “There is sensitivity, rhythmic incisiveness, and palpable joy to their playing…I cannot imagine them played better than this (Fanfare).”
An accomplished pedagogue, Dr. Adderley has presented her research and instructional methodology at national and regional conferences and symposia including those of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and Music Educators National Conference (MENC). With an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the nation and abroad, her articles have been published in the Music Educators Journal and the Southern Music Education Journal. A master teacher and dedicated educator, she was awarded the “Lois Bailey Glenn Award for Teaching Excellence” by the National Music Foundation for a grant written for the implementation of an American Music project. She has received additional grant awards from the Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Hamels Foundation for innovative educational projects for community music initiatives and the Charleston (SC) and Philadelphia Public Schools. She was awarded a research travel grant from the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago. The award supported research towards her authoring the introduction to a new book of piano duo music by William Grant Still Music Publishers in 2013.
Recently, Dr. Adderley was the was teacher chosen to represent the state of South Carolina as the 2020 National Education Association Global Learning Fellow. With the chosen fellow from each of the other states, she traveled to Washington DC and participated in modules and workshops facilitated by global education leaders such as Dr. Fernando Reimers, Professor of International Education at Harvard University. As a component of the fellowship, she will travel to Peru, South America for a field study in the Summer of 2021.
Dr. Adderley earned a Performance Diploma from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia), the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance and pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana State University in performance. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) with the Music Teachers National Association and holds a professional teaching certificate in music with the South Carolina and Ohio State Departments of Education. She served on faculty at the Capital University Conservatory of Music where she taught all piano courses and music theory. She is currently a music teacher at Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary, an "Arts in Basic Curriculum" and "Distinguished Arts Program" school Spartanburg County School District One.
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RECORDING and REVIEWS
Albany Records –Recording Contract to record Adderley & Holliday Piano Duo Project, a compact disc of contemporary duo piano works. Release date – November 1, 2012.
“Adderley and Holliday are both very gifted performers, and their collaboration positively shines throughout the recital. There is sensitivity, rhythmic incisiveness, and palpable joy to their playing, and although I have not heard any of the featured works before I cannot imagine them played better than this…This is a recording that is definitely worth hearing, and I cannot but feel inspired by the pianists’ artistry and conviction."
- RaduLelutiu, Fanfare Magazine
“The CD is exquisite, dramatic, stimulating and represents the best in American art form. The rhythmic drive, drama and energy generated in ‘Rhythm of the Claves’ is quite compelling.”
- Dolores White, Contributing Composer
“This delightful duo sets a lovely spirit for this recital with their sweet and easy rendition of Delores White’s luscious 1996 arrangement of the spiritual Rock-a-My Soul. Their deliberate, but firm pacing emphasizes the powerful melodic content of the music…consistently engaging recital, played with real distinction.”
- Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine
“The CD is magnificent! Adderley and Holliday have done a wonderful job--the William Grant Still is very fine, indeed. Clear, sure tone...the flow is captivating! I love all three William Grant Still piano duo works...it will be a classic.”
- Judith Anne Still, Daughter of William Grant Still
“Collaborative pianists Meisha Adderley and Stacey Holliday explore their African-American heritage on this disc of fascinating music by African-American composers. The highlight of the disc is a set of arrangements for two pianos of three pieces by the great William Grant Still. I can’t imagine why more pianists don’t tackle this piece. It works beautifully on piano, with its imaginative rhythms and accompaniment figures…There is a lot to love about this disc, and a lot of music you do not hear nearly enough.”
- M.K.G., Buffalo News
“The Dolores White pieces on Meisha Adderley and Stacey Holliday’s piano duo album are short, simple, and listenable. The William Grant Still works have more substance, but are unsurprising yet also simple and fun. Smith’s Mirrors is quite different, with a repetitive, minimalist-influenced texture at its opening that breaks down, and is notable for its contrast with the other works on the album—it sounds more like contemporary concert music. Keeping it in the family, the Adderley work that closes the album returns to the tone set by the first two composers.”
- American Record Guide