This season Leonard Kacenjar celebrates 37 years as the conductor of the MSO. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Kacenjar received his BS degree from Juilliard School of Music in New York City and his MS degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has served on the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and has attended the Aspen Music Festival. He moved to Shreveport in 1971 and served as Concertmaster with the Shreveport Symphony for seven seasons. He founded the Summer Music Festival in Shreveport and serves as its Artistic Director. He has distinguished himself as a soloist and first violist with the Festival String Quartet. He performs in numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the Ark-La-Tex area.
Mr. Kacenjar is currently serving as adjunct professor at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and has been asked to develop a strings program at the college level. He also teaches violin and viola for “Project String Power, Inc.”, a non-profit music education program in Panola County. He conducts the “Super Group,” the student orchestra of “Project String Power”.