Becky Leonard started playing the clarinet when she was in the fourth grade and the saxophone in 7th grade. By the time she was a senior in high school she was teaching private lessons. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance, Becky taught private and small group lessons and was busy working as a free lance musician. Over the years, Becky has taught lessons in many after school music programs as well as Brown University. At the All Newton Music School, where Becky taught for 9 years back in the ‘90’s, she encountered her first adult students, and she has enjoyed the experience ever since.
Her career has included performing with the Rhode Island, Portland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Albany, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on the CRI, Pickwick, and Koch labels. As a member of the Ariel Quintet since 1989, she has performed many formal concerts, educational programs, and radio broadcasts.
Currently Becky has a large private studio in her home (which includes many current members of the Sudbury Valley New Horizon Band) and she is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. When Becky isn’t in the studio teaching, on stage performing, or helping with the family business (Leonards Music), she can be found on the ski slopes, out in the back yard with one of her dogs, or accompanying her children to one of their many activities.
Becky lives in Wayland, MA with her husband Michael, their children, Hunter, Mallory, and Bryn and their two dogs, Maisie and Ace.