Leslie Stewart is director of String Pedagogy at Colorado State University and director of CSU's Summer Master of Music Education degree program with a Specialization in Conducting for working music educators. In addition, she conducts the CSU Concert Orchestra, teaches violin, coaches chamber music and plays violin in the faculty ensemble, the Verdoro String Trio. Ms. Stewart is a violinist with the Colorado Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Cheyenne Symphony and performs frequently with the Fort Collins Symphony. She was a member of the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra from 1980 to 2012. In 2013 she received the Outstanding Service Award from CSU's College of Liberal Arts.
Previous academic posts include Old Dominion University where she served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Orchestral Activities beginning in 2000 and received the Most Inspirational Faculty Member awards from the College of Arts and Letters in 2006. She has also served on the faculties of Christopher Newport University and the Governor's School for the Arts (both in Va.), Chowan College in N.C., and Dominican College of San Rafael in Calif.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Stewart holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Music Performance from the University of Southern California. She was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony and Alabama Symphony before moving to Northern California in 1989 to conduct the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and direct the Marin Symphony's Youth Programs. During her six-year tenure in Marin, she also played violin with numerous professional orchestras including the California Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, Women's Philharmonic and Marin Symphony. For the next eight years, she served as Music Director and Conductor of the Bay Youth Orchestra of Virginia culminating in the Bay Youth Symphony's performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Aug. 2006.
A popular guest conductor and clinician, Ms. Stewart has worked with numerous honor orchestras in Va., Md., Calif., and Colo. including the Colorado All-State Philharmonic and the Jefferson County High School Honor Orchestra.In 2013, she guest conducted the Poudre School District Middle School Orchestra in Ft. Collins, and District XI Concert Orchestra in San Antonio, sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association. She is currently music director of the Health & Wellness Community Orchestra, a collaboration of Front Range Community College and University of Colorado Health Foundation. She has also guest conducted the Longmont Symphony and the Youth Orchestra of the Rockies. Other guest conducting appearances include the Milikin-Decatur Symphony in Ill., Orquestra de Jundai in Brazil, Ball State University Orchestra in Indiana, Women's Philharmonic in Calif., and Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra in Ala.