Leah Kennedy

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Charity "Leah" Kennedy is a National Merit Scholar and senior music composition major at the University of Oklahoma, studying under Dr. Marvin Lamb. She is also minoring in Social Justice and in Human Relations. She has been commissioned for arrangements and original compositions that include both vocal and instrumental works, and her compositions include works ranging from solo to chamber to full orchestral works. Her music takes an intersectional approach, as many of her projects seek to combine music with an effort to raise awareness for issues of social justice. She enjoys collaborating with other artistic disciplines, such as dance, art, and drama, and her ultimate goal is to work in musical theatre.
She has received recognition for her work in both music and in social justice, including the university-wide Regent's Award for Outstanding Junior, the Molly Shi Boren Volunteerism Award, and PE-ET Top Ten Senior Honor Society. For her work as director/producer/composer of Not Buying It: A Benefit Concert for Human Trafficking Victims, in which she premiered her song cycle Ungagged, a set of seven pieces set to texts by women in the community, she was awarded the first ever Jill Irvine Student Leadership Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research.
Leah currently works as a freelance composer, a writing consultant at the OU Writing Center, and a research assistant for Dr. Charles Ciorba, and she volunteers at the Women's Resource Center.