Dr. Anthony Gray joined the ETSU piano faculty and collaborative faculty team in 2022. He is also adjunct faculty piano and collaborative pianist at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, instructor at Blair Academy for the Arts, and pianist for First Baptist Church in Historic Church Circle in Kingsport, TN. He graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance where he received the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Music and was a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar in the Honors College. He completed both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano at West Virginia University. He has studied with Cherry Smith, Dr. Chih-Long Hu, Dr. Esther Park, Dr. Ching-Wen Hsiao and Dr. Lucy Mauro. Recently he was awarded 2nd prize in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington's 2021 Young Artist Competition and was a winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society's 2020 Major Auditions.
Dr. Gray has served as accompanist for Telford Missionary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Erwin, the Golden Heirs Community Choir and the 2019 Virginia Residential Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities. While a student at East Tennessee State University, he received a Vocal Studio Accompaniment Scholarship for three years. At West Virginia University, he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for both his MM and DMA degrees where he accompanied the Opera Workshop in scenes programs and fully staged productions as well as taught both private and class piano. In the summer of 2017, he was a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera where he performed in cabaret and musical theatre performances as well as accompanied vocal lessons and master classes for world-renown faculty including company-founder Mildred Miller.