Lois Henry has an extensive background as composer, pianist (solo and collaborative), organist, coach and conductor. She is a staple in Florida’s classical music scene both as a performer and educator. Lois spent 17 years as Professor of Music at Northwest Florida State College, where she served in many capacities, including conducting the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and Belle Voci (the college’s select women’s ensemble), taught piano, voice, and music theory, and presented numerous solo piano recitals. Lois also served as interim conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing as solo pianist and organist with the group. She is presently pianist with the NFSO as well as with the Northwest Florida Ballet Orchestra. She frequently performs as collaborative pianist, including playing with Florida All-State choirs every year since 2008.
As an organist, Lois has performed solo recitals as well as with orchestras. She is presently the music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, Florida.
As composer, Lois writes music for vocal solos and piano as well as choral music, particularly pieces for mixed choir and women’s choir. Her works have been performed at colleges, high schools, churches, and concert halls. Last year she was commissioned to write a song cycle for solo opera singers and piano based on the historic story of Viola Edwards, a Black nurse who opened a hospital in Pensacola in 1922. The work premiered at the University of West Florida in November 2019 and was performed at Northwest Florida State College in February 2020. Currently she is working on a commission of another song cycle, set to premiere in spring of 2021 at Florida State University.
Lois moved to Florida from the Boston, Massachusetts area. In her 20+ years there, she taught
music at Eastern Nazarene College and served as pianist/organist for Boston’s Chorus pro Musica, also frequently acting as the group’s chorusmaster.
Lois is delighted to be performing with Lawrence Brownlee and with the TSO!