Title: Creative Director, Concert Pianist
Company: Frustrated Accompanist
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Carol Leybourn, Creative Director and Concert Pianist at the Frustrated Accompanist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of music and education.
A celebrated figure in the realm of musical expression, Ms. Leybourn has amassed more than 60 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. A pianist and harpsichordist with the Cappelli Chamber Music Society since 1998, she holds 22 years of experience as a solo artist in Appleton, WI. In addition, she acts as the arranger of more than 20 volumes for the Frustrated Accompanist, a musical source for simplified piano scores for violin and cello concertos. Alongside her professional endeavors, Ms. Leybourn teaches as a chamber music specialist at Lawrence University Academy of Music and has performed solo shows with the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Sterling Chamber Players, the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, the Leybourn Trio, and the Janssen Trio. She has established chamber music programs for junior high and high school students throughout the Midwest. Furthermore, Ms. Leybourn has toured Germany with the U.S. Information Agency in a cultural exchange program.
Ms. Leybourn serves as a lecturer and consultant at various piano teacher groups and formerly held the role of director of vocal music at St. Gilbert’s Elementary School. Notably, she was a performer at the National Conference of Women in Music at the University of Michigan in 1981 and 1983. An accomplished musician, she has also acted as an arranger of the Dixieland music book, “Combo!” in 1987, was a solo pianist for the Armed Forces Network in Germany in 1961, and has appeared alongside her daughter, cellist Laura Kenney, in several concerts.
A leading voice in the field of music, Ms. Leybourn maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, and the Washtenaw Council for the Arts. She is further a member of the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association, and president of the Ann Arbor Alumnae chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a role she previously held from 1964 to 1966.
Ms. Leybourn delved into her profession due to a passion for music from a young age, playing the piano as early as 3 years old. To prepare for her successful career, Ms. Leybourn earned a Bachelor of Music, with honors, in 1955 and a Master of Music, with honors, in 1957 from the University of Michigan. During her academic pursuits, she was named a Regents Scholar from 1951 to 1955. In the 1970s, she began combining various stringed instruments and piano pieces in ensembles for chamber music, and upon relocating to a number of cities throughout Michigan, began working for chamber music programs in schools. She realized that she wanted to work with high school students after being appointed a position at a local university, coming to the conclusion that young and aspiring musicians needed training the most.
Among the highlights of her career have been witnessing her grandchildren become interested in music as a career. In addition, she prides herself on being able to play with her daughter on stage at the age of 75. In recognition of her exceptional achievements, Ms. Leybourn was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and has been featured in more than 30 editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
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