Biography

Composer Leigha Amick draws inspiration from nature, mathematics, and narrative.  Her compositions have been performed by ensembles including the Boulder Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Playground Ensemble, NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Ars Nova Singers.  She has studied at summer programs including the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) and the IRCAM Contemporary Music Creation and Critique program through CIEE.  EAMA awarded her the highest recognition in Counterpoint, Harmony, and Solfège.

The winner of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble Undergraduate Commission, Leigha is currently writing a piece for the IU New Music Ensemble.  She is also writing a chamber opera based on an excerpt of the Mabinogion, a collection of medieval Welsh legends, which has been selected by New Voices Opera for their 2021 production.

Amick is an active performer of new music as a violinist and soprano.  At Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she performed with NOTUS under the direction of Dominick DiOrio, and in 2018, she sang in IU Opera and Ballet Theater’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.  She studies voice with Judith Malafronte and Julia Bentley.

As two-term president of IU’s Student Composer Association, she assisted in organizing the 2019 Double Exposure collaboration between IU’s film and composition departments and the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. Student National Conference.  She also organized the 2017 New Art New Music concert in collaboration with the Grunwald Gallery of Art.

In addition to her musical endeavors, Leigha competes in Irish step dance, and has qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships.

Amick received her Bachelor of Music in composition with highest distinction from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, completing minors in mathematics and electronic music.  At IU, she studied composition with David Dzubay, Aaron Travers, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, and Don Freund.  Before college, she studied with Daniel Kellogg and John Drumheller of the University of Colorado.