Jerilyn Paolini has been a member of ETSU’s adjunct music faculty since 2001. She teaches applied and class piano, and directs ETSU’s Summer Piano Camp. She regularly collaborates with fellow faculty members, visiting guest artists, and ETSU music majors. Paolini also teaches Suzuki piano at Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia in Kingsport, TN, and holds the position of church pianist at Jonesborough Presbyterian Church in Jonesborough, TN. She currently serves as president of the Appalachian Music Teachers Association and was awarded AMTA’s Teacher of the Year in 2001.
Prior to coming to Johnson City, Ms. Paolini held a staff accompanist position at The Juilliard School from 1980-1995, and taught at area New York music schools. The New York Times reviewed her performance at Carnegie Recital Hall as “a splendid pianist, capable of creating an indelible mood with just a couple of chords.” Ms. Paolini holds undergraduate and graduate performance degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University of Texas. Her teachers have included Ruth Slenczynska, Danielle Martin, David Garvey (collaborative piano), and Sheila Keats (Suzuki pedagogy).