Professor; Conservatory Teacher

Department Name 
Westminster Conservatory

Office Location 
Erdman Hall 15
Mailing Address 
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator. She has enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the Republic of Georgia and El Salvador. Her performances have met with much critical acclaim: “Warmth and vibrancy at its best,” The Times (London); “An able warmhearted pianist…Impressive musicianly qualities,” Daily Telegraph (London); “an admirable musicality …” (The New York Times).

Ms. Lehrer is professor of piano and director of graduate piano pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. A founding member of the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she contributes regularly to the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and European Piano Teachers Association. She contributed several chapters to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance published by Heritage Press. She has co-authored, with Barry Green, the Inner Game of Music Piano Workbook and written the practice suggestions for the four books of Etudes for the Development of Musical Fingers from the Frances Clark Library. She has edited Chopin: An Album and co-edited Debussy: An Album as well as several anthologies for Carl Fischer with Paul Sheftel. Their ten volumes, Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites include performances and mini-master classes on the CDs that accompany each. She has recently edited two works by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee for FJH.

Ms. Lehrer’s articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health have appeared in Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and The European Piano Teachers Journal. She has recorded for the Educo and Seda labels, and has released a CD of duo piano music with piano partner, Ena Bronstein Barton. Ms. Lehrer holds a B.A. in music from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and an M.S. in piano from the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers include Paula Kessler Hondius, Lily Dumont, Benjamin Kaplan, Adolph Baller and Adele Marcus.