Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas

Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas
Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas
Assistant Professor
Area: Piano/Organ, Music Education
Mason Hall 2164
716-673-3160
leonidas.lagrimas@fredonia.edu

Ph.D., Florida State University

Pianist and music educator Leonidas Lagrimas joined the SUNY-Fredonia School of Music faculty as Assistant Professor of Piano in Fall 2018.


He serves as Coordinator of the secondary piano program and teaches courses in Piano Pedagogy, applied skills for piano majors, and applied piano for non-majors. Dr. Lagrimas formerly served as Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA and holds a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy/Music Education from Florida State University. Prior to his doctoral studies at FSU, he was a public school music teacher in the New York City Department of Education for ten years.


Dr. Lagrimas has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the East Coast, including appearances as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral and Visiting Guest Artist recitals at Valdosta State University, Wesleyan College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Livingston College, Florida College, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Other recent appearances include serving as guest clinician for Bethune-Cookman University’s annual Music Education symposium, a piano masterclass at the MTNA National Collegiate Symposium, and a Walt Disney World performance with the Abraham Baldwin Chamber Choir. He has served as accompanist for the Valdosta Choral Guild, the Capital Children's Choir of Tallahassee, and numerous church, school, and university choirs throughout Georgia, Florida, and New York.


In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Lagrimas is active as a musical theatre director and accompanist, and his prior regional credits include Green Day's American Idiot, I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!, In the Heights, 9to 5: The Musical, Rock of Ages, The Last Five Years, and Chicago. He serves as district chair for the New York state chapter of Music Teachers National Association and has presented at MTNA's National Conference, the MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the College Music Society's national conference, and numerous state and regional conferences.

Research Interests

College piano pedagogy, the piano repertoire selection process, recreational piano and lifelong learning, the music of Claude Debussy