With works described as "visceral" (Lucid Culture), "propulsive" (Bachtrack) and "austere" (New Music Box), composer Leaha Maria Villarreal’s output includes music for dance, film, opera, and the concert hall. She has partnered with organizations and ensembles such as Beth Morrison Projects and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; ETHEL and Friends concert series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Wild Rumpus; JACK Quartet; Experiments in Opera; and TRANSIT New Music, among others. Upcoming and recent projects include Crossing the Rubicon supported by the Jerome Fund for New Music and Ghosting[a shadowy trace] for the violin-viola duo andPlay. Villarreal earned a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and an M.M. at New York University, studying with a diverse array of composers such as Michael Gordon, Roger Reynolds, Steven Takasugi, Chinary Ung, and Julia Wolfe. She is a co-founder and the artistic director of the contemporary performance ensemble Hotel Elefant and taught composition with the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Bridge Program. After over a decade of artistic development in New York City, Villarreal has returned to her hometown of Los Angeles and is pursuing a D.M.A. at the University of Southern California.