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Lora Deahl is Professor of Piano and Keyboard Literature at Texas Tech University and Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Curricular Issues in the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts. A U.S. Presidential Scholar from her native state of Hawaii and a National Merit Scholarship winner, she earned degrees with highest honors from the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Deahl has appeared as concerto soloist with the Honolulu, Lubbock, Texas Tech University, and Southwest Symphony Orchestras and has given numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts, masterclasses, and lectures throughout the continental U.S., Canada, Hawaii, South Korea, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. She is particularly known for her research concerning the biomechanics of piano technique, the performance practice and literature of the piano, and women’s roles in music. Her most recent project, a groundbreaking study of adaptive strategies for small-handed pianists co-written with former student Brenda Wristen, was issued by Oxford University Press in Fall 2017. She has also published articles on piano literature and pedagogy in the International Journal of Musicology, Piano and Keyboard, College Music Symposium, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion and has presented papers on related topics at numerous national and international meetings of important musical and pedagogical societies here and abroad. Her students hold positions around the world. She is an elected member of Texas Tech University’s Teaching Academy, an honorary designation for master teachers of that institution. Recipient of the Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas Music Teachers Association, the Phi Kappa Phi Contributions to Excellence in Higher Education Award, and the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award from Texas Tech University, she has been described as a teacher of exceptional devotion with an uncanny ability to bring about change in students at all ability levels, merging intellectual rigor with musical passion.