deborah levoy artist and music teacher

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I’m a singer and songwriter who believes that every song I create has its own independent life. I simply guide it towards its full potential. Just like raising a child. My songs have been described as haunting, delicate, and powerful.

upcoming performances:

Stay tuned for Spring outdoor shows!

past performances:

Outdoor house concert in Los Altos, on October 17, 5pm

It’s been so long and I can’t wait to play my new songs for you. Oh, how they have been waiting so patiently to be out in the world!  I’ll be performing with my collaborator of many years, the wonderful bassist Doug Pohorski. Special guest Jeff Pollock will join us on piano. Documentary filmmaker Ben Suliteanu will be recording the show. 

Please join us under an early evening sky for this concert. I’ll be performing in a lovely backyard in Los Altos. Doors open 4:15pm. Concert 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Seating is limited so please reserve your seats by registering using this Eventbrite online form: LINK. The Eventbrite registration can be a bit confusing – don’t worry, just register for each person attending and we’ll reserve seats for you. A suggested donation of $20/person (cash only) will be collected at the door. We’ll send the venue address and other details by email closer to the show.

Proof of vaccination will be required for entry. There will be plenty of room outside to safely distance. Masks will be required inside the house to use the restroom. Air hugs are absolutely and wholeheartedly encouraged!  I can’t wait to see you there!

The Sierra Through Sonnets, Science & Song, at the University of Nevada

You can now watch the whole show online here: LINK

An evening filled with sonnets, science and song featuring brilliant authors Steven Nightingale, Richard Nevle, Robert Leonard Reid and yours truly.

As we trekked 90 miles across the Sierra with our families, 4 summers ago, Steven and Richard conceived of a book that captured the essence of their Sierra experience through both lyrical and scientific perspectives. Please join us for this multi-media presentation as Steven and Richard share writings, places, and stories from their adventure and their upcoming book, The Paradise Notebooks, and 2018 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductee and brilliant author Robert Leonard Reid. I will weave in songs and accompaniment to some stunning haikus.

Recent Songs

Scarborough Fair

Our first collaborative song, Scarborough started out with Doug noodling on the piano in his studio and I said, "Hey, that sounds a little like Scarborough Fair" and I started singing to it. Whipped out the voice memo app and recorded it. From there Doug recorded more piano on his own and sent it to me, with the comment, "I don't think this is Scarborough Fair anymore." ...


Many years ago a fellow songwriter that I knew was suffering from a medical condition. After she passed away, I spent a lot time trying to understand what it might have been like to reach out to the place she felt was on the other side for her. A place of peace and love. The closest I could imagine was the feeling of reaching out to someone you love in a time of need ...

The Time Has Come

I was inspired to write the song “The Time Has Come” after participating in my first climate rally in San Francisco. Before the rally I was afraid that I might be one of only a dozen people attending, which would confirm my fear that hardly anyone was willing to put themselves out there on this issue. However, when I emerged from the Bart station into the San Francisco sunlight, I saw thousands of people with banners and signs, and I felt my hope rise up ...

"She has a beautiful voice that can soar and scat, get folky and funky, and enchant crowds" 

– Daily Hampshire Gazette

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About my songs

Ode to Snail Mail: How’s the Weather

When I first moved to the Mission in San Francisco, I lived in a teeny room in a flat with with several roommates, one of …

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Anthem, by Leonard Cohen, performed by Deborah Levoy and Doug Pohorski.
Creating music

How The Light Gets In

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in …

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Renew at Mono Lake


We turn not older with years but newer every day ― Emily Dickinson These past years I’ve been doing brand new things. I’ve become a …

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