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Leon Harshenin

Professor of Music

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Leon Harshenin

Professor of Music


  • DMA, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, University of Michigan (1998)
  • MM, Piano Performance, The Juilliard School (1985)
  • BM, Piano Performance, The Juilliard School (1984)
  • BA studies, Dominican University of California (1979-81)


Advice for Incoming Freshmen

You don’t have to have it all figured out right away—give yourself time. The big difference from high school will be taking much more responsibility for yourself—you won’t have someone telling you what to do and how to organize your time. Find a balance between social life and academics—they are both important. Get involved soon with a local church and fellowship group.

Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

Taylor is a great place to work. Here I can continue to develop as a pedagogue and performer, being challenged to continue growing spiritually by both colleagues and students. I pray and trust that my teaching and modeling is a blessing to students, helping make them brighter lights and saltier salt for Christ’s glory. This is where I feel called to be right now. Finding satisfaction in one’s work is one of life’s greatest blessings (Eccl. 2:24).


Movies, watching ice hockey and football, travel, and world cuisine

Major Career Accomplishments

Since arriving in Indiana, Dr. Harshenin has been much in demand as a piano competition adjudicator, and is currently state coordinator of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior High Performance Competition. He has also served as President of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) Board of Directors, and with the MPO has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest, California, New York, western Canada, Ontario, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Ecuador. In fall 2007 Dr. Harshenin toured Indiana with a lecture-recital called The Artful Genius of Chopin, which he presented at the Indiana, Michigan and California Music Teachers Association state conferences, as well as the MTNA national conference in Atlanta during spring 2008.