Margery McDuffie Whatley
Monday, April 17, 2006 7:00 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church
East College Street at Mulberry Avenue
Margery McDuffie Whatley, Piano
Susan McDuffie, Piano
performs from coast to coast as piano soloist and as
chamber musician. She has performed at the United
States Supreme Court at the request of former
Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, as well as
at the World Congress Center in Atlanta for the
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and at
the Georgia Governor's Mansion with her brother,
Robert McDuffie, an internationally acclaimed
violinist with whom she frequently collaborates. She
has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in
the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Washington. With
a strong interest in making classical music
accessible to people of all ages and listening
experiences, Margery Whatley has presented a series
of outreach programs throughout cities in Georgia,
California, Iowa and Illinois.
Margery Whatley received her Master of Music and
Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance
at the University of Southern California where she
studied with John Perry and was named the most
outstanding piano doctoral graduate in 1994. She
received her Bachelor of Music degree from the
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
Music where she studied with Frank Weinstock. She
has also studied with George Lucktenberg, formerly
of Converse College.
Presently, Margery Whatley is Associate Professor of
Music and former chair of the Department of Music at
the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is very
active in both campus and community endeavors, and
in 2002, Dr. Whatley was awarded the University’s
Distinguished Teaching Award based on letters and
recommendations from colleagues and students. She
resides in Huntsville with her husband Dr. Terry
Whatley and their twin girls, Kendall and Lindsay.
In November 1997, Margery Whatley released her first
CD - Piano
Reflections - Encore Favorites. Fanfare
Magazine states “...there's enough steely music to
keep you on edge - and even the softer repertoire is
often energized by interventionist performances,
notable for their pungent accents...the program as a
whole is a most attractive one, and makes one eager
to hear McDuffie in more extended repertoire.
Recommended.” Her second CD,
Whatley plays Bach, Haydn, Brahms and Ravel,
was released in December 2002 and features more
of Macon Georgia is a graduate of Wesleyan College
with a BM degree in Piano performance and a minor in Organ.
Further study was at the American Conservatory in Chicago. Mrs.
McDuffie is the organist-director at Vineville Presbyterian
Church and serves as guest organist at various churches in the
area. She frequently performs as organ and piano soloist and
collaborates as assisting artist with vocalists and
instrumentalists in the classical as well as pop idioms.
A former Wesleyan College faculty member, she has performed
and/or taught every year at MidSummer Macon and has served as
guest keyboardist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and former
accompanist for the Macon Civic Chorale. Her piano students are
often recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.
Mrs. McDuffie is a member of the Advisory Board for the Georgia
Music Hall of Fame and currently serves on the board of the
Macon Symphony Orchestra, where she served as president from
1998 to 2000; the Morning Music Club and the Macon Music
Teachers Association, having also served as president of both
these organizations; and MidSummer Macon. She was the recipient
of the 1998 Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award for outstanding
contributions to the Georgia arts scene and recently received
the Alumnae Award from Wesleyan College for Distinguished
Service to the Community.
She and her husband Bill have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.