Music, Creative Endeavors, and More
ZFESTIVAL SUMMER 2020
92 musicians, audio engineers, and visual artists collaborated over the course of a month to premiere 32 new chamber music works, rehearsed and performed completely in the virtual realm. Leah was a part of four online world premieres.
CMU CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE ONLINE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 5 - 8, 2020
This event, under the artistic direction of Daniel Nesta Curtis, included 8 world premiers streamed live through Zoom. New compositions were created specifically for socially distanced performers and videoconferencing technology. Leah premiered works by Roger Dannenberg and Nancy Galbraith.
30 DAYS, 30 PIECES: QUARANTINE EDITION
April 1 - 30, 2020
A fun and motivating project Leah integrated into her practice sessions while quarantined at home in the month of April 2020. Each day, Leah ran through and revisited a piece from my past, an enjoyable and nostalgic way to supplement etudes, orchestral excerpts, and fundamentals.
ARCANUM: A GRADUATE RECITAL BY LEAH STEVENS
February 29, 2020
Arcanum explores the human relationship with the environment through live electronics, amplification, and pre-recorded sound, using manmade technologies to uncover truths about the natural world. The program included works by Kaija Saariaho, George Crumb, Toru Takemitsu, and Elizabeth Brown.
FLUTE ON THE RUN BLOG
In 2019, Leah joined 4K for Cancer Team Boston on a coast-to-coast trip from San Francisco to Boston. This relay run style trip fundraised for the Ulman Foundation, and raised awareness for young adults with cancer over the course of the 49-day journey. Leah captured each moment of the trip in her over 30,000 word daily blog, Flute on the Run.
IN BLOOM: A BENEFIT RECITAL BY LEAH STEVENS
May 7, 2019
Leah Stevens and Erich Riebe present In Bloom, a flute and guitar recital to benefit the Ulman Foundation and the cancer patients they serve. This was part of larger fundraising effort, where Leah fundraised nearly $8000 for the Ulman Foundation. In loving memory of Gloria Madonia.
CARNEGIE MELLON AND PITTSBURGH OPERA PARTNER FOR CO-OPERA
April 13 and 14, 2019
The Pittsburgh Opera, School of Music, School of Drama, and the Master of Arts Management Program collaborated to produce and premiere three new fully staged operas. Leah, with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, was a part of all three premieres under the leadership of Daniel Nesta Curtis.
SOUND SWITCH, PRESENTED AT AWMAT 2019: IMPACT!
February 7-9, 2019
Sound Switch is a video installation piece by Leah Stevens which utilizes audio and video technology to explore how sound affects our visual interpretation of the surrounding environment. By mismatching video and audio clips, human-nature relationships are destabilized and disoriented, blurring the boundaries between natural and urban environments.
CIM DISTANCE LEARNING INTERDISCIPLINARY PRESENTATIONS
Fall 2014 - Spring 2018
Leah worked with the Cleveland Institute of Music's award-winning Distance Learning program (now known as CIM²), delivering interdisciplinary music classes and performances via videoconferencing technology. They served K-12 classrooms, colleges, juvenile detention centers, and senior centers worldwide.
IMPRESSIONIST HARMONIES AND COLORS
Impressionist Colors and Harmonies details a mock exhibition designed and curated by Leah Stevens. The multimedia experience breaks down the score of Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune into nine sections to coincide with select paintings from Monet's water lilies series.
NEW YORK YOUTH SYMPHONY ARGENTINA TOUR
Leah joined the New York Youth Symphony to play principal flute for Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 under the baton of JD Gersen to, delivering free orchestra concerts to thousands of people around Buenos Aires. Additionally, she participated in an exchange with the Orquesta de Villa Lugano and Orquesta de Villa 31, working side by side on classical music and tango music.
IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT MUSIC VIDEO
May 18, 2013
In her late teens, Leah created this video in an attempt to save the music program at her high school. The video has been shared by music educators across the country and has over 26,000 views on Youtube.