Music From Riverside     Leslie Kleen


I am now retired from 32 years of teaching music and choral director.
After earning my PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, I was on the faculty at Ohio University, teaching composition, orchestration, electronic and computer music.  After moving to Columbus Ohio, I became the choir director at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at Columbus, Ohio.  In that position, I focused on writing choral music and music for the theater which included a musical, "Stardust and Earthbeams", music dramas, "The Starry Messenger" about Galileo, and "Charles Darwin - To Love the Earth"

My teachers include Normand Lockwood, Karel Husa, Lejaren Hiller, and Morton Feldman.  This is an extremely varied group, which has a lot to do with my love of a broad variety of music.

I continue to write music every year, and am always thinking about my next pieceI would enjoy hearing from any of you.  I continue to be committed to writing music for humanists and other non-theists.  If you have any requests for special music, or suggested texts, I would like to hear from you.
Why humanists? Here is my view: Humanism
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