The American pianist, Margery McDuffie Whatley, received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Frank Weinstock. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and was named the most outstanding piano doctoral graduate in 1994. She has also studied with George Lucktenberg, formerly of Converse College.
Margery McDuffie Whatley performs from coast to coast as piano soloist and as chamber musician. She has performed at the United States Supreme Court at the request of former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, as well as at the World Congress Center in Atlanta for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and at the Georgia Governor's Mansion with her brother, Robert McDuffie, an internationally acclaimed violinist with whom she frequently collaborates. She has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Washington. With a strong interest in making classical music accessible to people of all ages and listening experiences, Margery Whatley has presented a series of outreach programs throughout cities in Georgia, California, Iowa and Illinois.
Presently, Margery McDuffie Whatley is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is very active in both campus and community endeavors, and in 2002, she was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award based on letters and recommendations from colleagues and students. She resides in Huntsville with her husband Dr. Terry Whatley and their twin baby girls, Kendall and Lindsay.
In November 1997, Margery McDuffie Whatley released her first CD - "Piano Reflections - Encore Favorites". Fanfare Magazine states “...there's enough steely music to keep you on edge - and even the softer repertoire is often energized by interventionist performances, notable for their pungent accents...the program as a whole is a most attractive one, and makes one eager to hear McDuffie in more extended repertoire. Recommended.” Her second CD, "Margery McDuffie Whatley plays Bach, Haydn, Brahms and Ravel", was released in December 2002 and features more extended works.