Leah Mullen (b. 2000), is a composer and vocalist 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 film music and 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. She completed her first electronic work, Ritual in January. Leah’s first acoustic piece, Return to Lake Elizabeth for wind ensemble, was performed at the Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial Foundation in July of 2019. Leah had her works Ledge for solo piano, and Nightfall Meandering, for flute and marimba, premiered at the Penn State Composer’s Concert in December of 2019. Most recently, Leah was accepted into the Charlotte New Music Festival for June 2020 where she has been commissioned to compose a piece for Duo Zonda. Some of Leah's current compositional interests include: pitch systems, sounds and conceptualizations of nature, and timbre based composition.

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 is a Schreyer Honors Scholar at Penn State, and in her first two semesters at Penn State 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.

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