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Richard Henson is currently the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Southern Adventist University where he teaches all applied percussion lessons and directs the percussion and steel band ensembles. Richard also serves as a current member of the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Committee and Secretary of the PAS Tennessee Chapter.
An active performer and educator, Richard has made appearances as a solo recitalist, clinician, and with assorted musical organizations across the Southeast United States. As an ensemble performer, Henson has made appearances with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Carrollton Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Chattanooga Choral Arts Society, East Tennessee Brass, Cleveland Jazz Quartet, Jamaica Me Happy, Classical Mystery Tour, and Blood, Sweat, & Tears.
He has presented solo recitals at the University of South Alabama, Ouachita Baptist University, Valdosta State University, and the Amro Music Recital Hall. Richard has also presented percussion clinics at the Kentucky State Day of Percussion, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Campbellsville University, Furman University, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Memphis, University of North Alabama, University of South Carolina, and Tennessee Tech University.
Richard holds the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Lee University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. His primary teachers include Dr. Andy Harnsberger, Dr. Julie Hill, and Nancy Mathesen.
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