Meet our Musicians:

Ryan Leonard, clarinet


A native of Southern California, Ryan Leonard was raised in Westfield NJ and began his musical studies at the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. He attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division before earning his BFA and MM at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Thomas Thompson and Michael Rusinek. Ryan has held positions with Sarasota Opera,Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Opera Steamboat, and the Westmoreland Symphony. He is a member of the chamber group Incidental Chamber Players, which commits to performing historically underrepresented composers of all backgrounds. He has appeared as soloist in works by Mozart and Bernstein with the Edgewood Symphony and Resonance Works Pittsurgh. He has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera. Ryan spent three consecutive summers at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME with his wife, clarinetist Kira Bokalders. His other teachers and mentors include Andrew Lamy, Miriam Lockhart and Richard Page. He enjoys cooking for friends and family when not performing or teaching.


(Updated October 8, 2017)