Adjunct Professor of Piano and Theory, Director of Community School of Music
Isidoro Lessa de Paula, D.M.A., was born in the mountains of southeast Brazil and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. It was there that his love of piano took serious direction at The Brazilian Conservatory of Music, from which he graduated at age 18. He also attended summer International Pro Arte Music Camps in Teresopolis, RJ, where he studied with the European trained pianist, Daisy de Luca Jaffe. Dr. de Paula’s music education continued with graduate degrees in Piano and Composition - MCM (Louisville, KY), where he studied piano with Dr. Maurice Hinson, and the MM in Conducting and the DMA in Choral Conducting and Music Administration (Fort Worth, TX).
Dr. de Paula specialized in early childhood keyboard training at the Yamaha Institute in Buena Park, CA, and he continues to participate regularly in Institutes for Piano Teachers, most notably the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth TX, and the Frances Clark National Conferences on Keyboard Pedagogy. He has taught music all his life in multicultural settings in Brazil and the US, and has been director of several schools in Brazil, and music director of several churches in Brazil and the US. He brings a broad knowledge and deep appreciation for music as a language and unique means of self-expression. Isidoro, his wife and 3 now-grown children moved to Central Florida from Brazil in 1989 and he joined the Rollins faculty in mid-1997. In addition to coordinating and teaching in the Rollins College Community School of Music, he teaches collegiate piano, and keyboard-related theory courses.