Columbia College Chicago Presents Grammy-Award Winning Musician Cory Henry in Concert

Artist in Residence Cory Henry to perform with students on March 9 at Music Center

CHICAGO (March 8, 2018)—For a second year in a row, Columbia College Chicago will present in concert Grammy award-winning keyboardist, producer, and composer Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy and Funky Apostles fame. The public performance is a culmination of Henry's weeklong workshop with student music ensembles as part of the college's Artist in Residence program.

The concert will be held on Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for faculty, staff, and family of performers, $5 for students, and are available by through the Dance Center’s box office.

“Returning to Columbia has been a great experience, and working with the students and listening to them grow on a daily basis, has been very rewarding,” said Henry. “The fact that I can pass along some of the things that I have learned during my career and watch students immediately put it to use is amazing. They are a very talented bunch of young artists. I feel blessed to be part of the Artist in Residence Program.”

Henry’s funk-pop, jazz, and soul music adds to the eclectic sounds of New York-based band Snarky Puppy, which earned three Grammy Awards, including “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” in 2017 for its album Culcha Vulcha. In 2016, Henry produced his solo album The Revival, which showcases his musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul. He has worked with award-winning and legendary musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, Shaun Kingston, NAS, and The Roots.

“Cory teaches with great passion and is a self-made virtuoso," said Joe Cerqua, faculty member in the Music Department, and creative director and producer of the program. "Cory passes his hunger for knowledge and his work ethic to our students, and creates an environment that allows students to try new techniques and new ways of thinking about music."

Columbia’s Artist in Residence program attracts established and award-winning singers, musicians, and performing artists, such as Paula Cole, Terence Blanchard, Lisa Fischer, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Christian McBride, Todd Rundgren, Joan Osborne, Shawn Mullins, Stefon Harris, Donny McCaslin, and most recently, Cassandra O’Neal and Jon Irabagon. Artists help students prepare for recording sessions and public performances, and provide their perspectives on the business and marketing aspects of the music industry.


Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business for nearly 7,500 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit


Anjali Julka