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Leonard James Archibald Atherton, musician, conductor. Associate Royal College Music, licentiate Royal Academy Music. Recipient Ricordi prize, Guildhall School Music, London, 1964, Watney-Sargent award, 1967, Sagamore of Wabash award, Governor Indiana, 2003.


Atherton, Leonard James Archibald was born on October 25, 1941 in Harrow, Middlesex, England. Arrived in the United States, 1982. Son of James William and Peggy (Haines) Atherton.


Bachelor with honors, University Oxford, England, 1963. Master of Arts, University Oxford, England, 1967. Doctoral Equivalency, Ball State University, 1982.


Music director National Symphony Orchestra, LaPaz, Bolivia, 1964—1966. Director chorus University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1968—1971. Music director Niagara Symphony Orchestra, St. Catharines, Canada, 1972—1980, Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, 1980—1982.

Music director emeritus Muncie (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, since 2003, music director, 1982—2003. Director orchestra Ball State University, since 1982. Director Boston University Young Artists Vocal Program, Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1979—1986.

Guest conductor Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sakai Opera, Japan, Osaka (Japan) College Opera Orchestra, Taipei (Taiwan) Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Century Orchestra, Osaka.


  • Associate Royal College Music, licentiate Royal Academy Music.


Married Susan Frances Goldie, June 26, 1982. Children: Malcolm, Patricia.

James William Atherton

Peggy (Haines) Atherton

Susan Frances Goldie

Malcolm Atherton

Patricia Atherton