Leah Mullen (b. 2000), is a composer, vocalist and Schreyer Honors Scholar currently pursuing a B.M. in Music Composition with minors in Vocal Performance and German at Penn State, where she studies with Dr. Baljinder Sekhon (composition) and Dr. Edward Christopher (voice). Leah is regularly inspired by music of various cultures. She plans on traveling while pursuing a career in composition, so her experiences of cultural music can continue to influence her work. Leah has experience writing both acoustic and electronic works. Some of her compositional output includes: The Hartford, 1894, for string quartet, Ritual, for fixed media playback, and Drift, for flute duo. Leah's current compositional interests include: pitch systems, sounds and conceptualizations of nature, and timbre based composition.
Leah's administrative experience is present in and out of Penn State. Leah is the current Vice President of Living Music, a New Music club at Penn State and served on the 2019 Penn State Young Composers' Contest judging panel. This summer, Leah was also a communications and media intern for the Charlotte New Music Festival.
Along with composition, Leah currently performs in the Oriana Singers, Penn State Opera Theatre and No Refund Theatre, located in State College, Pennsylvania. Leah was a previous member of the Oswego High School Chamber Singers, and the Oswego High School Wind Ensemble, along with the president of the Oswego High School Drama Club. She has also worked for the Oswego Opera Theater as a vocalist, and was an Opera Ambassador for Syracuse Opera. Leah’s performing is not restricted to the Central New York area however, as she has traveled and performed in several countries in Europe with American Music Abroad.
Awards & Achievements
Leah was a recent finalist of the Sound, Silence, Thought International Electronic and Electroacoustic Competition for her fixed media piece, Ritual. At Penn State, Leah is a Schreyer Honors Scholar, and in her first two semesters received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence. Leah was nominated for a Syracuse High School Theatre Award for “Best Leading Actress” for her role as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in 2018. In the 2017-2018 school year, she was the recipient of the “Voices of Tomorrow” Scholarship through Syracuse Chorale, the Joseph P. Spereno “Keep the Music Playing” Scholarship through Oswego’s Music Hall of Fame, and the Joseph P. Spereno Scholarship for Musical Excellence through Oswego High School, along with graduating in the top five her high school class.