Lynn Raley joined the Millsaps Performing Arts faculty in 2002. At Millsaps he teaches Music History & Literature, Piano, and courses in Interdisciplinary Studies.
He has degrees from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His teachers have included Theodore Lettvin, Paul Hoffmann, David Bar-Illan and William Trantham, and he has coached privately with Menahem Pressler in Bloomington, Indiana and with James Dick two summers at the Round Top International Festival-Institute in Texas.
As a teacher, he has maintained private studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Princeton, N.J. and taught at Rutgers University, The Lawrenceville School (NJ), and in summer programs at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and Temple College in Texas. He has adjudicated state piano competitions for the New York, New Jersey, and Virginia Music Teachers National Association chapters. Other adjudication includes competitions for the Appalachian Music Teachers' (TN) and the Monroe (LA) Symphony League concerto competition.
Known for his commitment to the music of our time, Mr. Raley has presented solo recitals of new music in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, and New York, and has performed extensively in other cities in the United States, the Netherlands, and Canada, where he appeared at the Jeunesses Musicales International "Music of the Americas" Festival in 1985. He recently premiered Charles Wuorinen's The Haroun Piano Book, written for him in 2003. In 1992 he gave a series of public concerts in Taiwan at the invitation of the League of Composers/ISCM, and at the National Institute of the Arts, Soochow University and the College of Chinese Culture in Taipei. In the U.S. he has given lecture-recitals on contemporary piano music at Anderson University, Rice University, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School. He has appeared with the Houston Chamber Symphony, the Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Philharmonia. In 1999 he performed music for piano and computer-generated sounds at the Santa Fe International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music and the Florida International Electroacoustic Music Festival. Raley can be heard in contemporary solo and ensemble works on the Leonarda and Capstone compact disc labels.
THE NEW JERSEY STAR LEDGER
The tone was established from the beginning, in pianist Lynn Raley's extraordinarily lucid and clean-limbed reading of the three Op. 11 pieces. Nothing could have better expressed the young Schoenberg's rejection of High-Romantic bombast and rhetoric than Raley's unblurred pianism.
THE CINCINNATI POST
Raley played them all with conviction, affection, and a daunting technique.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto)
Jonathan D. Kramer, composer, theorist and author
"He plays Webern and Boulez with the same intensity, accuracy, respect, and musicality he brings to Beethoven and Schumann."