Faculty by Area

Emilie LeBel

Assistant Professor of Composition


Personal Summary

Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas”, and “impressively subtle and sensuous”, Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel is active in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing.  Emilie specializes in concert music composition, the creation of mixed works that employ digital technologies, and intermedia concert works.  Her current research focuses on microtonal composition for both acoustic instruments and electronics, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of Montana.

Emilie is a member of Blue Moss Ensemble with composers Anna Höstman and Mitch Renaud. She was the 2015-16 TD SoundMakers Composer-in-Residence with Soundstreams Canada, and the 2015 RBC Emerging Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.  The NYO’s commissioned work monograph of bird’s eye viewswas performed during their national tour, and is included on the orchestra’s 2015 album.  In 2014, with support from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, Emilie undertook private composition studies with Juliet Palmer, Christopher Butterfield, and Michael Finnissy.  Emilie completed her doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto in 2013.  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, examining the role of CBC Radio in the development of contemporary Canadian art music.

Emilie’s artistic practice has been recognized through significant awards, including the Land’s End Ensemble Composer Competition (2016), Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award (2012), and Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award (2012).  Her works have been performed across Canada and internationally by Mira Benjamin, Cecilia String Quartet, Black House Collective, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Land’s End Ensemble, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Onyx Trio, junctQín keyboard collective, Quatuor Bozzini, Luciane Cardassi, Terri Hron, Ronelle Schaufele, Stephanie Chua, University of Toronto Opera Division, and the University of Toronto Concert Orchestra, amongst others.  Her compositions have also been presented at festivals and workshop readings with the Arditti Quartet, Esprit Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, and Trio 7090.  Emilie has participated in a wide variety of residencies, conferences and festivals, including June in Buffalo, Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!), Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, Gaudeamus Deconstructed and Reconstructed, Le Centre d’arts Orford Sound Art Workshop, Scotia Festival of Music, Sound Travels Festival (NAISA), Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, The Banff Centre, Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Quatuor Bozzini Composers’ Kitchen, Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop, Leighton Artist Colony, and the Vancouver International Song Institute Art Song Lab. Her work has been supported through grants with the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, Canadian Music Centre, and the SOCAN Foundation.

Emilie currently serves on the board for the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, and on the Canadian Music Centre Ontario Regional Advisory Council.  From 2009 to 2014, Emilie organized the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, an annual conference and music festival in Toronto.  She is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.


Doctor of Musical Arts (2013), Composition, University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Music

Master of Arts (2008), Composition, York University, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Department of Music

Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts (2006), Music, York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Music

Honours Diploma (2001), Audio Engineering & Music Production, Harris Institute for the Arts