Lora Deahl is Professor of Piano and Keyboard Literature at Texas Tech University. She was designated a Presidential Scholar from her native state of Hawaii under President Lyndon Johnson and was a National Merit Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She received graduate degrees with highest honors from Indiana University and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Deahl has appeared as soloist with the Honolulu, Lubbock, Texas Tech University, and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, and has performed numerous solo, chamber music, and lecture recitals throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Korea. She has presented research papers and recitals at meetings of the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teacher Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Associated Colleges of the South and at the Van Cliburn International Piano Institute. Her articles on piano literature and pedagogy have appeared in the International Journal of Musicology, Piano and Keyboard, the College Music Symposium, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion. She was named 1995 Outstanding Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. She is also an elected member of Texas Tech University's Teaching Academy, an honorary designation for master teachers of that institution.