Join editor and classical pianist Dr. Leah Claiborne for a special 30-minute virtual piano clinic as she discusses her new Expanding the Repertoire series from Hal Leonard which aims to bring previously unsung piano literature to students and teachers. Featuring music of Black composers in progressive order, this new series covers elementary to intermediate levels and includes pedagogical notes by Dr. Claiborne for memorable discoveries. Join us live for the chance to win prizes and giveaways!
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    Dr. Leah Claiborne is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Pianist, scholar, and educator, Dr. Claiborne promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. In 2017, Dr. Claiborne was the first pianist to be awarded the Rackham Predoc Fellowship at the University of Michigan, which allowed her to further her research in compiling, editing, and recording piano music by black composers.

    Dr. Claiborne has performed across the United States, as well as in Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Most recently, she performed at Hiroshima University in Japan with the Asia/American New Music Institute. Dr. Claiborne received her undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received the Josephine C. Whitford graduation award. She received her Master’s of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan.
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    Brendan Fox is a classical editor at Hal Leonard, a pianist, composer, and writer. Notable projects at Hal Leonard have included new editions of Gershwin's Preludes and Rhapsody in Blue.