Northern Kentucky University to Host Piano Conference

NKU_Dr. Leah Claiborne

Dr. Leah Claiborne

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – The Fifteenth Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference will take place on the campus of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) in Greaves Concert Hall on February 10-11, 2023. The conference is co-sponsored by Northern Kentucky University, the Northern Kentucky Music Teachers Association, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association, Southwest District.

The conference will feature a solo recital by Dr. Leah Claiborne, a renowned pianist, scholar, and teacher who is dedicated to promoting diversity in the arts through her performances of piano music by Black composers. The recital, titled “I, Too, Sing America: Piano Music by Black Composers” will take place on Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m. On Saturday morning, February 11, Dr. Claiborne will share her expertise in a workshop and masterclass focusing on “Pedagogical Works by African American Women Composers.”

  • What: Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference
  • When: Feb. 10-11, 2023
  • Where: NKU Greaves Concert Hall
  • Information:

Dr. Leah Claiborne, D.M.A., has established herself as a leading figure in promoting diversity in the field of music. She established the first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion column for American Music Teacher and was recently named the inaugural winner of the Stecher and Horowitz Power of Innovation Award through Music Teacher National Association for her artistic excellence, pedagogical leadership, nurturing spirit, and community service. The award recognizes teaching artists under the age of 36 who are making a significant impact in the field of music. Dr. Claiborne currently serves as the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the University of the District of Columbia and as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Frances Clark Center.

The Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference is a unique opportunity for piano teachers, students, and music enthusiasts to learn from a world-class artist and expert in the field of piano pedagogy. Attendees will have the chance to hear Dr. Claiborne perform, attend her workshop and masterclass, and network with other music professionals.

For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Richard Van Dyke at

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit

About SOTA: The Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design programs make up the School of the Arts that sit in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. The Music Program offers a full range of educational opportunities as well as solo and ensemble performances to support individual growth and meaningful collaboration. Graduates of Music pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors and in allied fields within the music industry. For more information, please visit



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