Steven Leonard
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Member Since: November 19, 2006
Last Visit:June 23, 2020
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Steven Leonard

Steven K. Leonard is a violinist in Traverse City, Michigan. Mr. Leonard graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts in Music from Truman State University. He was a student of Raphael Bronstein’s in New York City, and also studied with Oliver Steiner, James Buswell and Charles Castleman. Mr. Leonard studied chamber music with the founding members of the Cleveland Quartet: Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, Martha Katz and Paul Katz. His other chamber music teachers have included Harvey Shapiro, John Perry and Abram Loft.

Mr. Leonard was Assistant Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham before moving to Atlanta in 1995, and then adding Traverse City to his residency in 2009. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera and Ballet Orchestras, the Atlanta Lyric Theater Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic and the Eastman/Dryden Theater Orchestra.

While in Birmingham, Mr. Leonard held teaching positions at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham Southern College and Huntingdon College and had many private students. He served as an Instructor of Violin and Music at Truman State University in Missouri and has taught at several summer music programs, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Symphony School of America in Wisconsin. In Atlanta he was the Director of the String Orchestra and Chamber Music Program for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta (MYSO). and was an elementary orchestra director in the DeKalb and Atlanta Public School districts. Mr. Leonard was an Orchestra Director at The Paideia School for 8 years, and was the Violin Coach for the DeKalb Youth Symphony for 10 years. He was on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 5 summers, as well as a guest artist at the Interlochen Arts Academy. In the Summer of 2015 he will be a guest artist at the Bridge Chamber Music Festival at St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota.

Currently, Steven K. Leonard performs as Associate Concertmaster in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and is the Director of the TSO Civic Chamber Music Program. He is often a guest artist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He also often performs as guest Assistant Concertmaster and Associate/Assistant Principal of the violin sections in the West Michigan Symphony. He maintains a busy private teaching studio in Traverse City. Mr. Leonard is frequently a visiting artist at violin masterclasses and workshops throughout the country. He enjoys performing in solo and chamber music recitals and orchestral performances regularly at various venues around Northwestern Michigan.