UM Professor Wins Annual Composers’ Competition

March 16, 2016

Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition.

MISSOULA – Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition at the University of Montana School of Music, became the first woman to win the Land’s End Ensemble’s Composer Competition.

The Land's End Ensemble, dedicated to excellence in performance and recording of new music, as well as to enriching collaborations with eminent composers and artists, holds an annual national composer competition in Canada. This year’s competition was March 6 at the University of Calgary.

LeBel responded to a call for piano trio works in 2015. She was among three finalists selected by a blind jury who were flown to Calgary, Alberta, to participate in the competition concert. Each finalist presented their piece during the concert, the jury deliberated, and the winner was announced. LeBel won with her piece “Oranda.” She will receive a $1,500 commissioning prize after composing a new piece for a piano trio that will be premiered next season by the Land’s End Ensemble.

For more information visit http://www.landsendensemble.ca/comp-education/

Contact: Emilie LeBel, assistant professor of composition, UM School of Music, 406-544-6695, emilie.lebel@umontana.edu.