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Leigh Carriage
Dr Leigh Carriage
BA(UNE-NR), BContempMus(Hons)(SCU), PhD(Sydney)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: Faculty of Business, Law and Arts

Location: Lismore Campus D Block
Campus: Lismore
Personal Website

Dr Leigh Carriage is an Australian composer, educator, performer, vocalist and public speaker. Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Vice Chancellor. The Citation recognised the creation and establishment of an innovative equity program (supported by a grant from HEEPSA) which provided exceptional support for music students in their development as original artists. Leigh recorded an album Mandarin Skyline in Sydney at Studio 301, all of the original compositions were mixed and mastered in LA by Grammy Award winning Engineer, Helik Hadar. Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Bell Award.

Leigh recorded her fifth album Weave, featuring ten original compositions.  Several pieces were written for large ensemble with horn and string sections. Weave won Album of the Year in the North Coast Entertainment Industry Awards in 2016. Leigh completed her research and compositions for her Ph.D., Doctorate in Philosophy (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University. 

Festival performances include the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival USA as well as Wangaratta Jazz and Blues, Brisbane Jazz Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots, Woodford Folk Festival, Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival and Mullum Music Festival, Sydney's Newport and Manly Festivals. Recently Leigh performed with her quartet in the the famous Spiegeltent.

Research interests include composing, performance, improvisation techniques, vocal pedagogy and recording. At the International Jazz Voice Conference, Helsinki Finland, Leigh presented research on 'Hybridity in the music of Youn Sun Nah: New directions in jazz vocal style'. 

Leigh is also an online contributor for the international publication The Conversation. Her latest research can be found at the Research Portal In 2022, Leigh was awarded the National Australian Women in Music, Humanitarian Award.