Phyllis Lehrer

Faculty / Phyllis Lehrer

Professor; Conservatory Teacher

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Office Location 
Erdman Hall 15
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101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540
Phyllis Lehrer

Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator.  She has given master classes, workshops and enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central America, Asia and Europe. 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 Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she has presented regularly at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the European Piano Teachers Association. Recent lectures, master classes and performances have been presented at the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland, Performing Arts and Medicine Conference in Colorado and New York,  NJMTA,  the Diller Quaile School, Third Street Settlement in New York City, Brooklyn College Conservatory, the Steinway Society, New York Piano Teachers’ Conference and Westminster Choir College.  

Ms. Lehrer’s articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health have appeared in Clavier Companion, The American Music Teacher, and The European Piano Teachers Journal.  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.  Publications edited by Ms. Lehrer for  FJH are three works by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Phantasie Variations, Op. 12, Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 31, Pictures and Beyond, Book I a set of piano duets, Dance Preludes by Timothy Brown, and Outside the Box, 10 pieces, by Wynn-Anne Rossi and Kevin Olson, devoted to contemporary techniques.

Recent publications include five volumes of the great piano repertoire, Classics for the Developing Pianist. They are edited by Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Lehrer and published by Alfred, Inc.  Study Guides to accompany books 1 and 2 (early intermediate and intermediate repertoire) are available through Prima Music. Volume 3 will be available in fall 2016. Also new are five volumes devoted to keyboard theory, sight playing, technique and repertoire with midi accompaniments, co-authored with Paul Sheftel, entitled Personal Trainer.  These are published by YBK publications in New York City.

Phyllis Lehrer has recorded for the Educo and Seda labels, and recently  has released a CD  of piano duets entitled Drama and Dialogue in the Piano Duets of Mozart, Schubert and Debussy 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 have included Paula Kessler Hondius, Lily Dumont, Benjamin Kaplan, Adolph Baller and Adele Marcus.