Leslie La Barre, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music, Composer
Discipline Coordinator

Roberts Music Center


  • DMA, Composition, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Composition, California State University, East Bay
  • B.A., Music, Santa Clara University


Leslie La Barre, DMA, is a composer and conductor whose courses include multidisciplinary collaborations, instrumental conducting and ensembles, popular music, world music, music theory, women in music, and film music history and scoring. She thrives on writing kinetic music that uses distinctive aural-architectural compositional techniques. As a conductor, La Barre has directed such ensembles as the USC Thornton Symphony, Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, Santa Clara University Orchestra, Las Positas College Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles as well as the Eckerd College Rock Lab, Jazz Combo, and Concert Band.

La Barre’s works have been commissioned and performed by: Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, Ryan Roberts (NY Philharmonic), Armen Ksajikian (LACO), Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José, Savage Jazz Dance Company, Aperture Duo, the Amaranth String Quartet, and Emily Tian. La Barre is the Founder and Director of the Eureka! Musical Minds of California Graduate Conference. This nationally recognized multidisciplinary initiative aims to create an unprecedented environment that showcases the diverse work created in the state of California. She holds a DMA in music composition from Claremont Graduate University and undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Santa Clara University and California State University, East Bay. La Barre is an Assistant Professor of Music at Eckerd College. For more information, please visit: www.leslielabarre.com

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