Leaha Maria Villarreal

Composer, 2021

With works described as “visceral” (Lucid Culture), “propulsive” (Bachtrack) and “austere” (New Music Box), composer Leaha Maria Villarreal’s output includes music for dance, film, opera, and the concert hall. 

She has worked with organizations and ensembles such as Beth Morrison Projects and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Heidi Duckler Dance via the LA Opera’s Eurydice Found Festival; ETHEL and Friends concert series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; andPlay; Wild Rumpus; JACK Quartet; Experiments in Opera; and TRANSIT New Music, among others. 

Villarreal holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and an M.M. from New York University where she studied with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon. In addition to 

residencies at Banff Centre, Hambidge Center and Exploring the Metropolis, Villarreal has taught composition with New York 

Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Bridge Program and partnered with USC Thornton’s Community Engagement Program. She is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the University of Southern California focusing on composition, music teaching and learning, and arts leadership.