Leslie La Barre is a Los Angeles based composer.
La Barre’s specializations include: multidisciplinary collaboration with artists and scholars, instrumental conducting, contemporary orchestral literature, American film music, and musicology. Her catalog includes works for a myriad of ensembles, including the collaborative creation of extended techniques used in blockbuster films.
With a background in jazz piano, percussion, oboe and English Horn, her music blends the respective elements of both jazz and classical genres. She thrives on writing kinetic music that uses distinctive aural-architectural compositional techniques.
Among those who have performed her music are: American Composers Ensemble, Armen Ksajikian, Aperture Duo, REDSHIFT Ensemble, Santa Clara University New Music Festival Ensemble, Amaranth String Quartet, Friends University Choirs, Santa Clara University Orchestra, Carol Lisek, Dawn Padula, and various other artists, and pianists: Tatiana Thibodeaux, Emily Tian, Ellen Wassermann, and Teresa McCollough.
La Barre is the Founder and Director of the Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Conference. This collaborative event aims to create an unprecedented environment that showcased the diverse work created in Californian graduate music institutions, and forge lasting connections between graduate scholars within the state. Eureka! will be presented in partnership with the 2017 California State University, Fullerton New Music Festival.
Commissions, honors, and fellowships include: American Composers Forum Los Angeles 2014 Composition Competition Winner, Composer-in-Residence for the Southern California Chamber Music Workshop, Society of Composers Inc. National Conference Presenter (2014), Oregon Bach Festival Composition Symposium Fellow, Society of Composers Inc. Region VII Conference Presenter (2014), Society of Composers Inc. Region VI Conference Presenter (2016), C.E. and Bertha Harsh Memorial Fellow, David and Emily Umemoto Memorial Scholarship Recipient, and Glenn Glasow Memorial Fellow.
In 2012, La Barre was awarded the 800th Anniversary of Saint Clare of Assisi Commission that resulted in the global simulcast of the premiere of Correspondence for chamber orchestra and vocal soloists.
La Barre is currently a D.M.A, ABD at Claremont Graduate University. She received her M.A. in composition from California State University, East Bay under the mentorship of Frank La Rocca. Her mentors include Spencer Chan (jazz piano) and Ellie Duste (oboe/English horn).
In 2017 and 2018, her works will be performed at festivals, recitals, and conferences in: Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Wichita, Tacoma, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Alabama, Claremont, Pasadena, Eugene, and various cities in Europe.
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