Colloquium: Dr. Leah Reid

Dr. Leah Reid

January 13, 2023 | 3:30PM

Composing with Multidimensional Timbre Representations 

Dr. Leah Reid
Assistant Professor of Music Composition, University of Virginia

In her colloquium, Composing with Multidimensional Timbre Representations, Leah Reid will discuss her work and approach to timbre-based composition. Emergent in her works are a common theme and exploration of “timbre spaces” and “timbre in space.” She will discuss a variety of acoustic and electroacoustic pieces, including her works Ostiatim (for string quartet), Reverie (fixed media), Crumbs (for percussion and electronics), and Apple (for four sopranos), among others. 

About Dr. Leah Reid

Leah Reid is a composer, sound artist, researcher, and educator, whose works range from opera, chamber, and vocal music, to acousmatic, electroacoustic works, and interactive sound installations.

Winner of a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, Reid has also won the American Prize in Composition, first prizes in the KLANG! International Electroacoustic Composition Competition and the Tesselat Electronic Music Competition, Sound of the Year’s Composed with Sound Award, the International Alliance for Women in Music’s Pauline Oliveros Award, and second prizes in the Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition and the International Destellos Competition. She has received fellowships from the Guerilla Opera Company, Transient Canvas, the Hambidge Center, MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and Yaddo.

Her compositions have been presented at festivals, conferences, and in major venues throughout the world, including Aveiro_Síntese (Portugal), BEAST FEaST (England), Espacios Sonoros (Argentina), EviMus (Germany), Forgotten Spaces: EuroMicrofest (Germany), the International Computer Music Conference (USA & Chile), IRCAM’s ManiFeste (France), LA Philharmonic's Noon to Midnight (USA), the Matera Intermedia Festival (Italy), the New York City Electronic Music Festival (USA), the OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival (Japan), the San Francisco Tape Music Festival (USA), Série de Música de Câmara (Brazil), the Society of Composers National Conference (USA), Soochow New Voice Concert Series (China), the Sound and Music Computing Conference (Germany), the Tilde New Music Festival (Australia), the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (Canada), and the Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (Taiwan), among many others. 

Reid received her D.M.A. and M.A. in music composition from Stanford University and her B.Mus from McGill University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), where she teaches courses in music composition and technology. Additional information may be found at