Maestro move: Interlochen hires Leslie Dunner

Maestro move: Interlochen hires Leslie Dunner


norman lebrecht

June 27, 2018

Dr Leslie B. Dunner has been named Conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Dunner has been music director of the South Shore Opera Company in Chicago since 2014. He has also been MD of the Joffrey Ballet and the symphony orchestras of Annapolis, Dearborn, and Nova Scotia.



  • Anthony Boatman says:

    Congratulations, Leslie! An appointment well deserved and well earned. People here in Boise still recall your guest conducting with fondness.

  • Mark Powell says:

    This is a singularly EXCELLENT appointment!
    VERY proud alum sends congratulations, Leslie!

  • Norman Krieger says:

    Leslie is a great musician and world class conductor. A great colleague and very nice guy!!!

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    A great appointment by the Academy. So glad that Leslie has found a new home.

    He got shafted by the Joffrey Ballet here in Chicago, and the new “conductor” is a musical illiterate who thinks he can conduct.

    Bravo to Leslie!