Heidi Brende Leathwood
What I do
Adjunct Faculty, Alexander Technique
Leathwood has been an active performer of new music for 25 years, she has been the dedicatee of several works, and has performed U.S. and world premieres of works by Gary C. White, Mark Robson, Christopher Brennan, Gilbert Biberian, Stephen Goss and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker (Viola Sonata, premiere recording, 2009). As a member of the contemporary music ensemble, The Playground, she regularly appears as a soloist and ensemble player in concerts devoted entirely to modern music.
Leathwood's major teachers were John Perry, Joseph Schwartz and John Strauss. Her education includes a BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM and DMA from University of Southern California (now the Thornton School of Music). In addition, she received her Alexander teacher training from ATI-Los Angeles. As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, Heidi works with musicians of all levels, from amateurs to symphony musicians and solo concert artists. She has twice presented classes on performance at the national Alexander Technique conference, taught workshops at the International Horn Symposium and was a panelist on Enlightened Keyboard Technique for the 21st Century at the 2008 Convention of the Music Teachers National Association.
- AmSAT certification, Teacher of the Alexander Technique, Alexander Technique instruction, The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, 1995
- DMA, Piano Performance, University of Southern California, 1993
- MM, Piano Performance, University of Southern California, 1989
- BM, Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1986
Licensure / Accreditations
- Alexander Technique Teaching Certification