Leo Major

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Leo Major is a junior at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica. His passion for music began with piano lessons at the age of six. He started playing alto saxophone at the age of 12 and composing in sixth grade. Leo currently studies composition with Sean Friar, alto saxophone and flute with Katisse Buckingham and classical piano with Dr. Ming Tsu. At Crossroads, he studies Music Theory with Mary Ann Cummins and Kathy Sawada. Leo is currently a fellow in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Young Composer Program. His honors include being named a 2019 YoungArts Merit Award winner in composition, a 2018 Finalist in CINE’s Marvin Hamlisch Contest and the winner of the Miami Frost School’s Ensemble Ibis Competition. As an instrumentalist, Leo received a Spotlight Merit Award in Jazz Performance. He plays in groups at the Colburn School which have performed and received awards at the Monterey NextGen Jazz Festival as well as receiving a Downbeat award. At Crossroads, he plays saxophone in Evan Avery’s A-Band, which played the 2018 Panama Jazz Festival as well as placing 3rd at the Monterey NextGen Festival. Leo has attended several summer programs and festivals including the Atlantic Music Festival, the Sunset Chamber Festival Workshop, and the Stanford Jazz Institute.