Composer Amy Leventhal
Composing music is one of my favorite things to do. I love sound and I love designing sound. I have been composing since I was a child. Recently I have studied for a year with Dr. Emily Koh as a student in the DMA program of music composition at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. This next year I plan on composing my third opera and becoming a CASA Volunteer in Dekalb County, Georgia.
My most recent composition is Encantar for Orchestra. I explore the orchestra as a sound garden and weave the listener on a path of colors, textures, feelings, rhythms within all the different families; Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings of the orchestra.
In the Spring of 2019 I have had five performances of my compositions; Merman, for Oboe and Piano, and Twelve Moments of Sanity, for Solo Bassoon, on March 22, 2019 in the Dancz Performance Space at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia; Viola Planet for Thirteen Violists on March 25, 2019 in Dancz; The Creature for Baritone and Piano from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on April 25, 2019 in Ramsey Hall at UGA; Who are We? for Pierrot Ensemble and Audience on April 30, 2019 in Danzc.
My Music is a form of Biography. Each work brings to the fore a part of me. Merman explores Introversion, Loss, and Love. Twelve Moments of Sanity looks at Racism and Civil Rights. Viola Planet discusses Ecology and the Miracle of Our Planet. The Creature describes the excitement of Creating, the need for Empathy and Lovingkindness in a difficult world. Who Are We? expresses a deep desire for Justice, Equality, and Learning from mistakes.