Leah Mullen (b. 2000), is a composer, vocalist, and Schreyer Honors Scholar pursuing a B.M. in Music Composition, a minor in German, and a Diversity Studies Certificate at Penn State, where she studies with Dr. Baljinder Sekhon (composition), Dr. Steven Rice (composition) and Dr. Edward Christopher (voice).
Leah has experience writing for a variety of instrumentations, including electronics. Some of Leah’s current compositional interests include: pitch systems, sounds and conceptualizations of nature, and timbre based composition.
Leah the sitting Vice President of Living Music, a new music club at Penn State, and has been a panel member for the Penn State Young Composers Contest since 2019.
Along with composition, Leah has performed 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 has had her works performed in several states, such as Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York. In 2020, Leah attended and interned at the Charlotte New Music Festival where she was commissioned to compose a piece for Duo Zonda. Also in 2020, Leah was selected as a finalist for the International Composition Competition- Electronic & Electroacoustic Works Vol.1- Sound Silence Thought.
Leah is currently working on a collaboration with the Penn State Dance studios, as her piece Ritual, for fixed media playback, was selected for choreography. She is also in collaboration with Chelsea Opera, as she has been commissioned to write a new work for piano and voice.
In April 2021, Leah will be attending Really Spicy Opera's Libretto Workshop. This summer Leah will be attending the Alba International Music Festival, where she will have a piece premiered by the HUB New Music Ensemble, along with attending the SPLICE Institute.
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.