Deborah Cleaver

Deborah Cleaver

Based in Portland, OR

Deborah Ingram Cleaver holds a master of music degree in piano performance from Boston University, where she studied with Leonard Shure. She subsequently became his teaching assistant at New England Conservatory.


After ten years of teaching and performing in Berlin, Germany, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College. Other teaching positions have included Willamette University, St. Andrews College, and the South Shore Conservatory of Music.

An active performer, she has appeared with the De Rosa Chamber Players, the contemporary music ensembles Fear No Music and Friends of Rain, and has had performances broadcast on the Oregon Public Broadcasting classical radio program, Played in Oregon.

Numerous presentations throughout the Northwest have included lectures at Portland State University and for the Oregon and Washington State Music Teachers Associations; a two-week residency in Alaska, adjudicating and presenting workshops for the Alaska Music Teachers Association; master classes; and lecture recitals. In addition, she is a frequent adjudicator for regional competitions and is the chairman of the OMTA Contemporary Festival.

Ms. Cleaver has been a member of the Golandsky Institute faculty since 2005, and studies with Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield.

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