Leonard HayesHead of Piano Studies, Primary Instructor
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: Room 236
Phone: 972-925-1232Doreen Fisher, Piano Liaison: email@example.com
Concert Pianist Leonard Hayes is the Head of Piano Studies in the Music Conservatory at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, TX) where he is a former student. During the 2018 – 2019 season, Mr. Hayes will present recitals and lectures in Texas (Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and Garland), Indiana (South Bend), Washington (Spokane) and Oklahoma (Stillwater).
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. Additionally, Mr. Hayes has received full scholarships to the Green Lake Music Festival, Adamant Music Festival and Interlochen Arts Academy.
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. His students have participated summer music programs at the Interlochen Center for the Arts High School Piano Institute and the Miami Summer Music Festival. During the 2016-2017 School Year, the Booker T. Washington Piano Program achieved excellent ratings at the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble. Mr. Hayes’s students have been selected to perform in master classes for world renowned pianists such as Alexander Kobrin (Eastman School of Music), Pamela Paul (UNT), Gustavo Romero (UNT), Artina McCain (University of Memphis), Daria Rabotkina (Texas State University), and Brian Marks (Baylor University). 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.
Mr. Hayes received a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University with additional studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; 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.