Lenora and Peter Black of Marin County, California are a musical team, performing together for more than thirty years as singer and accompanist in recitals, orchestra concerts, sacred worship services, lecture/concerts and entertainment. Separately, each of them has related fields of expertise.
Lenora, a singer trained by great performers of the twentieth century, passes on her skills to her students in private singing and voice lessons and group classes in Marin County, California.
She teaches singers interested in all traditions: popular, classical, Broadway, world music and jazz.
Her university background gives her students an awareness of music history and style, as she develops their complete musical artistry.
Peter composes music that springs from California landscapes: bird flight, ocean surf, mountains, constellations.
He writes songs, choral music and pieces for orchestra.
He is an orchestral and choral conductor.
He is a published author of music analyses, presenting his papers at conferences. He writes the lyrics for most of his vocal works.
"You were fabulous at the Composer's Symposium. The piece is terrific and the orchestra enjoyed working with you."
"It was a great joy and satisfaction. . . to hear Vision Fire so beautifully presented by both of you! I was even more impressed by the beauty and integrity of the piece itself than on first hearing. It is an excellent piece of writing. Lenora, you gave the vocal part real presence, drama and beauty. Your diction was excellent! I felt the energy of the words. . .and the vocal sound was lovely and deeply rooted."
"I have . . .been greatly impressed with her talents. She has a high degree of musicianship and artistic feeling. She has an extensive repertoire and has excellent German, French, Italian and English diction. Her voice is rich in quality. . ."
"The color and psychological setting that you created with your commentary and accompaniment provided the perfect background for the musical presentation of "Witches, Whores and Mothers" . . .Our City College Concert/Lecture Series just moved up a notch, given the quality of your scholarly presentation and spectacular performance."
- Brenda Chinn Concert/Lecture Series Coordinator San Francisco City College
"Lenora & Peter: We want you to know what wonderful feelings have been expressed in response to your performance [of "Women Composers in History"]. As the opening event of the . . .series, you set a precedent of excellence that we want very much to sustain. The synthesis of musical artistry, history and feminist philosophy expressed through your engaging personalities resulted in a memorable afternoon for all of us.
"I feel well qualified to comment on the excellence of her teaching. She possesses the rare ability to recognize and draw out excellent qualities in her students in a manner that is at the same time supportive and exacting. Her vast knowledge of music and psychology enables her to relate easily to students of widely diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds."
Have you ever wanted to sing but thought you didn't have the talent? Why not take singing or voice lessons and discover your potential? Lenora Black teaches vocal lessons in Marin County, California.
Drawing from a rich history of learning and performing, Vocal Coach Lenora Black provides her students with an expansive context for the appreciation of music.
Listen to sample recordings featuring Georges Bizet, Johannes Brahms, Giuseppi Verdi, Richard Wagner, Richard Rogers and Peter Black.
A dedicated musician serving the people of the San Francisco Bay Area, Peter Black offers his skills as a conductor, composer, and music analyst.
Newest work by Peter Black. Self-published by Ram Print and Communications