Leah Kennedy is a composer, activist, and singer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she studied composition under Dr. Marvin Lamb and received her Bachelors of Music in Composition, along with minors in Human Relations and Social Justice. She will begin her studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in the fall of 2016. The underlying philosophy behind her art is a passion for making music that comments on social issues, and her activism often intersects with her art. Her ultimate goal is to write for the musical theatre.
Her activism involvement includes labor rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, anti-human trafficking, and women's rights. She was one of the founders of the University of Oklahoma's Students Against Sweatshops, which has succeeded in several campaigns since its founding. During her time at OU, she directed and composed for a benefit concert called Not Buying It, premiering a song cycle that comments on everyday sexism and its connection to the larger issue of human trafficking. She has presented on social justice issues at conferences on campus and events in the local community.
Leah's compositions include a wide range of instrumentation and styles, from full orchestra works to small chamber pieces, from string quartets and woodwind quintets to percussion pieces and song cycles. She has received commissions for arrangements and original compositions for many projects, although her primary focus is songwriting.
For information on commissions and collaborative projects, please visit the contact page.