Mr. Benjamin Leonard-White
Mr. Benjamin Leonard-White received his Bachelor of Music Education from Valparaiso University, where he served as the principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra. He currently directs both the CODA Youth Orchestra (Portage, IN) and the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra (Flossmoor, IL.) Having served as the Music Director for the South Shore Youth Orchestra in Porter County, Mr. Leonard-White consistently forwards arts education in the Northwest Indiana Region. Most recently, Benjamin has directed pit orchestras for productions of Shrek the Musical and The Wizard of Oz.
He has performed with various groups in both Indiana and Ohio, including the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, Forza String Ensemble, and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. As a cello student of David Machavariani, Patricia White, and Elaine Anderson, Benjamin studied and performed in regional tours of the Midwest. He has also performed in pit orchestras for shows such as Hansel & Gretel, Clue: The Musical, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
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