• BTW Leonard Hayes

    Head of Piano Studies, Assistant Director of Music Conservatory             


     Hayes                                           Email: leohayes@dallasisd.org
                                                Office: Room 236
                                                Phone: 972-925-1232
                                                Courses: Piano Forte - I - IV, Integration of Abilities
                                                Doreen Fisher, Piano Liaison: btwhspva.piano@gmail.com
                                                Sponsor: Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)


    Concert Pianist Leonard Hayes is the Head of Piano Studies and Assistant Director of Music Conservatory in the Music Conservatory at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, TX) where he is a former student.


    Mr. Hayes is a winner of numerous national piano competitions including first prize in the 2015 National Piano Competition sponsored by the National Association of Negro Musicians. As recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Hayes has performed across the U.S. and abroad which include notable venues such as Sweelinkzaal at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Wisconsin Union Theater, Hammond Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Steinway Hall (Dallas, TX and Appleton, WI), Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall (Eastman School of Music), Memorial Chapel (Lawrence University), Ayers Recital Hall (Texas Lutheran University) and Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake, WI). As a scholar, Leonard was awarded the prestigious 2015 Links Scholarship. The award, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary talent of an African-American scholar musician.


    A deeply committed teacher, Mr. Hayes’s former students have been accepted into undergraduate music programs such as the University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, Loyola University and University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In 2017, Mr. Hayes received the distinction as a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner; and received the Steinway’s prestigious 2017 Top Teacher Award for his commitment to piano education in the Dallas community. Leonard’s previous faculty appointments were held at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, Lawrence Academy of Music, and Appleton Music Academy. In July 2019 Mr. Hayes joined the International Solo Music Faculty at Festival Suoni D’Abruzzo in Ortona, Italy.


    Mr. Hayes holds a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Mr. Hayes is pursuing a Master of Education, on full scholarship at the Southern Methodist University Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development.