• BTW Leonard Hayes

    Head of Piano Studies, Primary Instructor             


     Hayes                                           Email: leohayes@dallasisd.org
                                                Office: Room 236
                                                Phone: 972-925-1232
                                                Doreen Fisher, Piano Liaison: btwhspva.piano@gmail.com






    Leonard Hayes is the Head of Piano Studies in the Music Conservatory at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA, where he is a former student. Leonard’s previous faculty appointments were held at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, Lawrence Academy of Music, and Appleton Music 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, Berklee College of Music, Belmont 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 Spring 2017, Mr. Hayes received the distinction as a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner.

    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, Hammond Hall at the Dallas Opera, Steinway Hall (Dallas, TX and Appleton, WI), Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, Memorial Chapel at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music 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.

    Mr. Hayes received a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University with additional studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; and a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Mr. Hayes teachers have included Douglas Humpherys, Catherine Kautsky, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and TJ Lymenstull.