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Leah Christinne Reid

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Music
Office location and address
Wilson 103
30 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Biography

Leah Reid is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Her primary research interests involve the perception, modeling, and compositional applications of timbre. In her works, timbre acts as a catalyst for exploring new soundscapes, time, space, perception, and color.

In recent reviews, Reid’s works have been described as “immersive,” “haunting,” and “shimmering.” She has won numerous awards, including the International Alliance for Women in Music's Pauline Oliveros Prize for her piece Pressure and the Film Score Award for her piece Ring, Resonate, Resound in Frame Dance Productions’ Music Composition Competition. Her works are frequently performed throughout Europe and North America, with notable premieres by Accordant Commons, the Jack Quartet, McGill’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sound Gear, Talea, and Yarn/Wire. Her compositions have been presented at festivals, conferences, and in major venues throughout the world, including BEAST FEaST (England), EviMus (Germany), Forgotten Spaces: EuroMicrofest (Germany), the International Computer Music Conference (USA), IRCAM’s ManiFeste (France), the San Francisco Tape Music Festival (USA), the Sound and Music Computing Conference (Germany), the Tilde New Music Festival (Australia), and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (Canada) among many others. Samples of her music are available through Ablaze Records.   

Reid received her D.M.A. and M.A. in music composition from Stanford University and her B.Mus from McGill University. Reid’s principal teachers include Mark Applebaum, Jonathan Berger, Brian Ferneyhough, and Sean Ferguson. She has taught at Stanford University (Stanford, CA), University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), and at Cogswell Polytechnical College (San Jose, CA). Reid is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in music composition and technology.

MUSI 2993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3380: Introduction to Composition
Credits: 3
This class focuses on composition techniques in American and European concert music, including the music of various composers and the composition of new music. Prerequisite: MUSI 3310. The course can be repeated for credit with approval of instructor.
MUSI 3390: Introduction to Music and Computers
Credits: 3
Students gain hands-on experience with synthesizers, music notation software, and the control of MIDI instruments via computer. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4547: Materials of Contemporary Music
Credits: 3
Topics in contemporary music that will focus on different areas in rotation. Each will involve focused readings, analysis of selected works, and the creation of original compositions that reflect the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: MUSI 3320 or instructor permission.
MUSI 4581: Composition I
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4582: Composition II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7547: Materials of Contemporary Music
Credits: 3
The course is intended for graduate students in music. Topics in contemporary music that will focus on different areas in rotation. Each will involve focused readings, analysis of selected works, and the creation of original compositions that reflect the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7581: Composition
Credits: 3
This course focuses on particular compositional types, in this case choral composition. There are a series of graded exercises, graded compositions, and a major final project that is presented during the final exam period. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 7582: Composition
Credits: 3
This course focuses on particular compositional types, in this case choral composition. There are a series of graded exercises, graded compositions, and a major final project that is presented during the final exam period.
MUSI 8810: Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Advanced Composition Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8820: Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Advanced Composition Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8920: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study dealing with a specific topic. Requirements will place primary emphasis on independent research. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
MUSI 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
MUSI 9910: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
Reading and/or other work in particular fields under supervision of an instructor. Normally taken by second year graduate students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9940: Independent Research
Credits: 3
Research carried out by graduate student in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Preliminary research directed towards a dissertation in consultation with an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
MUSI 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.