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Deborah Ingram Cleaver

Instructor of Piano

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Deborah Ingram Cleaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude, from Meredith College, where she won the first prize in the Southeast Regional SAI Competition, and the Agnes Cooper Memorial Award; and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University School for the Arts, where she studied with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Leonard Shure. After finishing her degree, it was her great honor to work closely with Shure as his teaching assistant at New England Conservatory.

Ms. Cleaver has also spent many years studying the performance practice of the Baroque and Classic periods with such luminaries as Sandra Rosenblum, Edward Parmentier, and Elisabeth Wright. Her broad interests have resulted in lectures for universities and music teachers’ organizations throughout the Northwest, ranging from the expressive aspects of Baroque performance practice to the correlation between Romantic literature and music.

In addition to teaching at Lewis and Clark, she has held previous positions at St. Andrews College, The South Shore Conservatory, Willamette University, and Reed College. She is also on the faculty of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University.

An avid performer, Cleaver has appeared with the Fear No Music Contemporary Music ensemble, the De Rosa Chamber Players, Cascadia Composers, Lewis and Clark’s Friends of Rain Series, and the Makrokosmos Project. Her performances have been aired on the radio programs Heard in Oregon and All Classical.