Lee Gilboa

Assistant Professor

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Lee Gilboa is a U.S.-based Israeli composer, researcher, and audio engineer. In her work, Gilboa uses speech, audio spatialization, and vocal processing, and engages with different themes around the sonic identity such as naming, representation, collectivity, oppression, and self-expression. These themes also occupy her scholarly work, which brings together sound and cultural studies. While living in New York between 2017–2019, she began her work as a curator for Daniel Neumann’s CT::SWaM, and developed her debut album The Possibility of Sonic Portraiture, which was released by Contour Editions. Her works have been presented at Experimental Intermedia, Roulette Intermedium, the Immersion Room at NYU, the Cube at Virginia Tech, Ars Electronica Forum Wallis Festival, and NYCEMF among others, and in conferences such as the Audio Testimonies Symposium, Residual Noise, and the Sound of Sound Studies. She participated in several master classes and artist residencies internationally, including the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Honk-Tweet, IRCAM Manifeste Academy, and Elektronmusikstudion. Gilboa holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Columbia University. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. at Brown University’s music and multimedia composition program. Recent activities include the release of her third album, 2 Pieces, by Contour Editions and a collaboration with the rapper Sammus.

Career Highlights
  • Artist in residence at the Elektronmusikstudion
  • Collaborated with Sammus on the piece "Halves of a Story"
  • Recording engineer on the album Voy by Nella Rojas (tracks 8, 9)
  • Artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • Composer in residence at the Honk-Tweet
  • Artist in residence at The Spatial Music Music Workshop in Virginia Tech
  • Named a Siday Fellow for musical creativity by the Jerusalem Institute for Contemporary Music
  • Named a Collaborative Humanities Fellow at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities
  • Recipient of the Sheridan Teaching Seminar Program Certificate from the Sheridan Center at Brown University
In Their Own Words

My goal is for students to leave my class knowing that they learned something and having the confidence to use that something in their lives and music. Whether we are talking about a DAW, composition technique, or production concepts, my teaching is geared towards the ability to apply the skills we acquired together outside of the classroom and in professional career settings. My favorite moment in teaching is that second when things just click. We are all different learners, and this moment comes at different stages for everyone, but once it does, it's a beautiful feeling that gets me excited every time."

My experience is very diverse, and I wear different hats on many occasions. It can be confusing sometimes, but more often than not it's amazing to have the flexibility to communicate and work with different people and have the word 'work' take on different forms. Even though today technology allows us to get very far on our own, working in music always means working with others, and making community is a very big part of musicianship. I believe it is important to develop socially aware practices while also maintaining high-level and professional results. I aid my students in developing skills that support these two parallel aspects of their work."