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Champlain Philharmonic Premieres "Surviving Soul" by Leslie Bixby

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Leslie Bixby began writing music with Music-COMP when she was in ninth grade. Now a senior, she is about to graduate from Black River High School in Ludlow VT and recently had a new work premiered by the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Yutaka Kono, the CPO presented its spring concert "Storytellers" on Sunday, May 8 in Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College and Sunday, May 15 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The concert featured works by Rossini, Saint Saëns, Ravel, Bizet, and Leslie's new composition Surviving Soul. Listen to the May 15 performance below.

Leslie says: “My dream is to become a composer and music therapist.  I want to create a change. When people are with me I want them to leave feeling confident while knowing that I have helped. I want to help those who are going through the same experience I have gone through, whether it is being adopted, or maybe going through depression, self-harm, or an eating disorder. I want them to know that music is something you can always go to and it will always be by your side. I have learned to express myself through music and I wish to teach many others to do the same." Leslie will be attending Plymouth State University this fall for music education.


Leslie Bixby - Surviving Soul

Leslie has written other pieces that have been selected for performance at Opus 29 and 30. Listen to Nola and Vermont Magic.

Leslie Bixby