Leah McGray is the Director of Instrumental Studies for the Department of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. McGray conducts the Rhodes Orchestra, Rhodes Wind Ensemble, and teaches classes in music appreciation and conducting, and is an active conductor and clinician.
Prior to her appointment at Rhodes, Ms. McGray completed the coursework toward the degree of Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied with Dr. Mallory Thompson. She is the co-director of a Toronto-based wind and choral chamber group Windago, that is dedicated to the performance of music by emerging Canadian composers. A two-time winner of Social Science Humanities and Research Council grants from the Canadian government, her research interest is focused on new works that are being written for the wind ensemble, with an emphasis on the works for winds by Baltimore composer Joel Puckett.
McGray received her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, Canada and taught band and orchestra in public schools in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia before returning to university to attain a Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Toronto. Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Canadian Band Association, Canadian Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Nova Scotia Band Association.
B.M. in Music Education and Clarinet - Acadia University
B.Ed. in Music - Acadia University
M.M. in Conducting - University of Toronto
Music 191 - RHODES ORCHESTRA
Music 196 - CHAMBER WIND ENSEMBLE