Artistic Director and Conductor
Edward Leonard has established an outstanding reputation for his versatility and interpretation of an extensive repertoire. He is the founder and Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, a non-profit ensemble currently in their sixth season specializing in works from the chamber orchestra repertoire, including the premiers of new pieces. At home equally both in traditional and new music, Mr. Leonard is in constant demand as a guest conductor at home and around the country, performing with the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra, the OvreArts New Music Ensemble, the Savoyards Pittsburgh, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Leonard studied with Juan Pablo Izquierdo at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting. While there he prepared ensembles for conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Erich Kunzel, Thomas Baldner, and David Effron. For five summers he attended the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Orchestra Conductors in Maine, where he studied with Michael Jinbo.
Andrew J. Swensen, Ph. D., M.A.
Andrew Swensen has a varied career across the arts, working as an educator, arts management professional, and writer. He serves as the Executive Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and also provides contracted professional services to arts nonprofits and independent artists in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He holds an adjunct appointment in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, and is also working on a musical currently in development, The Golden Door, for which he serves as lyricist, book co-author, and producer.
Earlier positions in nonprofit administration include serving as the Director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and as the Special Assistant to the President at The Pittsburgh Foundation. Andrew began his professional career in academic life, and he has held faculty positions at Brandeis University, Hamilton College, Wellesley College and Western Michigan University. He has taught courses across the humanities and worked in programs of comparative literature, cultural studies, the history of ideas, religious studies, film studies, creative writing, and Russian literature. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1991, and his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1987.
Jennifer Gerhard Mangone, Principal
Kathleen Melucci, Principal