Concert pianist, recording artist, arranger, composer and master teacher, Lenora Ford Brown is a Professor of Music at the University of Utah where she was recently nominated for the distinguished teaching award. She was named as one of the Top Ten New LDS Artists. She has concertized extensively throughout the Far East and the United States and has appeared in several performances with the Utah Symphony, and the Salt Lake Symphony. She has also soloed with the University of Utah Wind Symphony, the Utah Philharmonia, the University of Utah, BYU, Utah Philharmonic, and “Celebration” Chamber Orchestras, the Davis Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Youth Symphony, and the Salt Lake Repertory Orchestra. Professor Brown has been appointed to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Recently, she was nominated a member of ACME, a distinguished association of Artists, Composers, Musicologists, and Educators who are widely known and acclaimed in their fields of musical endeavor internationally. Professor Brown was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Clearfield High School. Recently, she was a soloist on the University of Utah Piano Area Centennial Concerts at the University and also performed at Steinway Hall in New York.
Professor Brown was a winner of the Best of State Award in the Instrumental category. She received a gold medal and was a featured performer at the Best of State Awards Gala held at the Salt Palace. In 2007, the Brown/England Piano Duo were the only winning pianists from the United States (and one of only three piano duos world-wide) to be selected as a winner of the Web Concert Hall International Competition. In May of 2006, as part of the Brown/England Piano Duo, Professor Brown won a first place award in the prestigious New England Conservatory International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. She received a gold medal, a first-place certificate and was awarded a performance at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day. The Brown/England Piano Duo is also a recent winner of the 2007-2008 Utah Arts Council Performing Artist Tour. This premier piano duo recently performed a two piano concerto with the Salt Lake Symphony under the baton of Robert Baldwin, and performed in concert at the Temple Square concert series. Their performances include concerts at the Utah Music Teachers Convention, the University of Utah Professors Emeritus, the Monticello Concert Series, the Kenley Amphitheater summer series, and a University of Utah Faculty Spotlight concert. The Brown/England Piano Duo performed at the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Florida in 2008.
Professor Brown has been the Guest Artist at Utah Music Teachers Conventions several times, and has performed numerous times in the Temple Square Concert Series. She has performed in the Nova Music Series, the Chamber Music Society Series, has teamed with musicians from the Utah Symphony in concert, and was a member of the International Piano Trio. She is a member of the highly acclaimed Ivory Keyboard Quartet and performed with that ensemble for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Winner of several competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association State and Regional piano competitions, and top pianist at the Sterling Staff International Competition, she is a former pupil of Gladys Gladstone, and also received extensive training at the University of Michigan with Theodore Lettvin, John Perry, David Burge, and Leonard Shure. She has also studied with John Browning, and has performed for Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In 2011, Professor Brown gave a series of concerts in collaboration with two of her children, pianist Heather Thompson and cellist Evan Neal. These concerts were presented at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, at the University of Utah School of Music Sundays @ 7 concert series, and at the Temple Square Concert Series held at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. In connection with the concert at Cabrillo College, Professor gave a lecture/demonstration on the Transcriptions of Franz Liszt and a masterclass for the students, teachers and community. Earlier that year, she was an instructor and served as a judge in the summer 2012 and 2013 University of Utah International Piano Seminar.
Author of the teacher workshop titled “Reaching for Repertoire” (currently a video production), Professor Brown presented several workshops in Utah, Idaho, California, and Chicago. She also authored “Beginning Keyboard”, a self-teaching piano course containing course books and accompanying video tapes, which is being marketed internationally. Other video productions which contain music performed by Professor Brown are “Classical Seasons” and “Classical Ivorys”. She has also completed and markets twenty two Compact Discs of her playing. She is the creator and author of the Heaven Sent product line, a series which is in constant demand and which contains books of her piano arrangements and CD’s featuring her playing of those arrangements.
Professor Brown has served on the Utah Music Teachers Certification Board and holds a permanent Music Teachers National Association Professional Certification in piano. She is listed in “Who’s Who in Music”, “Who’s Who in American Women”, and is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Music fraternity, and the National Federation of Music. In addition to arranging, recording and performing, Professor Brown teaches very promising young pianists majoring in Piano Performance at the University of Utah and also teaches in her private studio. Her students have won and placed in numerous state and national competitions and have received various scholarships and awards. They have been soloists with the Utah Symphony on Salute to Youth, the University of Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony and the Summer Arts Festival Orchestra.