Leonard Atherton

Title: Musician, Conductor, Teacher
Company: Ball State University
Location: Pendleton, Indiana, United States

Leonard Atherton, Musician, Conductor and Teacher at Ball State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music conducting and education.

Drawing upon more than 50 years of professional experience, Mr. Atherton is a distinguished figure in the realms of music and education, having most recently served as professor of music performance at Ball State University beginning in 1982 until attaining emeritus status. In addition to this illustrious role, he was the music director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana from 1982 to 2003. Prior to these endeavors, he was the music director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1982, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in Canada from 1972 to 1980, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Bolivia from 1964 to 1966. From 1968 to 1971, he additionally served as a chorus director at the University of Pennsylvania.

Interested in music from a formative age, Mr. Atherton attended the University of Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, and a Master of Arts in 1963 and 1967, respectively. After gaining valuable experience in the field, he earned a doctoral equivalency from Ball State University in 1982. He has since become a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and associate of the Royal College of Music.

Mr. Atherton has further showcased his expertise as a guest conductor with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Maryland, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. From 1979 to 1986, he participated in the young artists vocal program at Boston University in Tanglewood, MA. As a testament to his profound success, he was honored with the Prominent Conductor Award from the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in 2017, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the Governor of Indiana in 2003, the Watney-Sargent Award in 1967, and the Ricordi Prize from the Guildhall School of Music in 1964. Notably, he has been highlighted in the 58th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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