Mabery studying piano in England

Hunter Mabery aspires to be a successful collaborative pianist and teacher.

Mabery, a 2016 Henderson State University graduate, is taking the next step towards that goal as he works on his master’s degree in England. Mabery is studying collaborative piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

“The program is designed to allow the pianist to focus on the art of working and performing with other instrumentalists,” Mabery said. “Collaborating with other musicians is my favorite part of music making. I like sharing ideas and working with other performers. It makes the process of learning and performing music very enjoyable.”

Mabery, a Murfreesboro native, said he has always had an interest in music.

“I have always loved the joy that it brings to me,” he said. ‘Therefore, I decided to pursue it as a career when I realized that I did not want to do anything else.”

Mabery said he chose to attend Henderson to study with Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn, associate professor of applied piano.

“I began taking lessons with her during my junior year in high school and knew that I wanted to continue my studies at Henderson with her,” he said.

Mabery highly recommends Henderson’s music program.

“Henderson allowed me to receive intensive training in a supportive setting,” he said. “The faculty at Henderson are all dedicated to the success of their students.

“With the help of excellent instructors, I developed a great foundation in essential subjects such as music theory and aural skills, while having many performance opportunities.”

Mabery describes himself as a “lover of the arts.”

“I love the visual arts, performing arts, and literature,” he said. “I would also say that I am a dedicated person. Once I set a goal, I whole-heartedly strive to achieve it. I do not easily give up, and I work hard for what I want.”

If he hadn’t majored in music, Mabery said he would have pursued a degree in English.

“I have always liked the idea of working for a publishing company as an editor,” he said. “For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to read and write. Therefore, pursuing that as a career would have been a suitable alternative to music.”

After he graduates from Guildhall, Mabery plans to be a freelance musician and teacher while working on a doctoral degree in music.