Winner of the 2012 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (Canadian Music Centre) and the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award, Emilie Cecilia LeBel is a Canadian composer currently living in Toronto where she works in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing. Her artistic work receives regular performances across Canada, as well the United States, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.
Emilie composes for acoustic instruments and electronic media to create both discrete and mixed compositions, and also creates intermedia projects that incorporate electronics, video, photography, and acoustic instruments to create immersive experiences. Her composition work is currently concerned with connections between visual and sonic worlds that engage with notions of memory, nostalgia, and place.
Emilie’s work has been performed by Quatuor Bozzini, the Gryphon Trio, Luciane Cardassi, Terri Hron, Ronelle Schaufele, Nathan Petitpas, Phoebe MacRae, Rachel Iwaasa, Jenny Cohen, Rachel Desoer, Véronique Mathieu, Stephanie Chua, Carol Gimbel, Wesley Shen, the University of Toronto Opera Division, and the University of Toronto Concert Orchestra, amongst others. She has participated in a variety of workshops and residencies, including Le Centre d’arts Orford Sound Art Workshop, the Scotia Festival of Music, New Adventures in Sound Art’s Sound Travels Festival, Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, The Banff Centre, the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Quatuor Bozzini Composers’ Kitchen, Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop, the Leighton Artist Colony, and the Vancouver International Song Institute Art Song Lab. Most recently, she participated in the 2013 Soundstreams Canada Emerging Composer Workshop, the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, and Continuum’s Gaudeamus: Deconstructed and Reconstructed Workshop. Her compositions have been performed at workshops with the Esprit Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, and Trio 7090. Emilie is part of the Blue Moss Ensemble with fellow composers Anna Höstman and Mitch Renaud.
Emilie is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre. She holds an Honours Diploma in audio engineering and music production, a Specialized Honours BFA in music, and an MA in composition. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate in composition at The University of Toronto. Her thesis, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha, was an orchestral work exploring the variances of light in the photographs of Josef Sudek. Her research, under the guidance of Robin Elliott, focused on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Canadian composers, exploring the role of the CBC in the development of contemporary Canadian art music. In 2014, with the support form the Ontario Arts Council (Chalmers Grant) and the Canada Council for the Arts, she is undertaking private studies with Juliet Palmer, Christopher Butterfield, and Michael Finnissy. Previous composition teachers have included David Mott and William Westcott. Many organizations have supported Emilie’s work through grants and scholarships, including the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, the Canadian Music Centre, York University, and the University of Toronto.
Since 2011, Emilie has served as Chair of the Organizing and Review Committee for the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium. She also serves on the boards of New Music Art Projects, and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. As an arts-educator she has taught in a variety of settings from after-school community programs, to universities, and music schools. Most recently, she taught electronic music at University of Toronto Scarborough, and digital audio at McMaster University.