Tyson Hankins holds a B.M. from Jacksonville University in both piano performance and composition & theory studying under Mary Lou-Wesley Krosnick and Dr. William Schirmer, respectively.
While in Jacksonville, Tyson achieved recognition for his work as pianist and composer attaining such awards as the Delius Composition Award and the Presser Scholar Award from Jacksonville University as well as the Madge Cathcart Gerke Collegiate Artist Award in Piano from Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity.
It was in Jacksonville that his love for piano transformed into a desire to pursue a career as an accompanist engaging in such activities as accompanying for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, playing keyboard in Sondheim’s Assassins as well as a steady religious engagement and many collaborative student recitals.
In 2007, he received his M.M. from UNC-Greensboro in accompanying & chamber music studying under Dr. Andrew Harley. While there, Tyson had extensive opportunities for collaborative recitals covering many different genres of music as well as many different instrumental and vocal types. He also held a graduate assistantship as an audition accompanist for UNC-Greensboro’s School of Music.
While in Greensboro, he has continued his pursuit of accompanying through such organizations as the American Singer’s Opera Project of North Carolina, the Community Theatre of Greensboro, the Barn Dinner Theatre, North Carolina A&T State University and other community theatre organizations as well as various religious institutions.
After four years as an adjunct staff accompanist at Elon University, Tyson was hired as a full-time staff accompanist for the Performing Arts and Music Departments at the start of the 2010-11 academic year.
Master of Music in Accompanying and Chamber Music, Graduated, 2007
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Dr. Andrew Harley, piano accompanying and chamber music
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Composition & Theory (Double Major), Graduated, 2004
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Mary Lou-Wesley Krosnick, piano
Dr. William Schirmer, composition