With a career in the performing arts spanning over 30 years, Leonard Matczynski has worked as a concert violist, teacher, and arts administrator. As the Director of Apple Hill, he makes decisions that shape Apple Hill’s performance and administrative structure, its concert and touring programs, the Playing for Peace initiative, its long-range plans, and the development of new programs. He is the spokesman for Apple Hill’s mission and its representative to the music community, patrons, and audiences.
As a concert violist, he studied with Martha Strongin Katz, Heidi Castleman, and Karen Tuttle, participated in chamber music studies with members of the Budapest, Cleveland, and Guarneri Quartets, and pursued advanced studies at the International Musician’s Seminar in Prussia Cove, England with Sandor Vegh. In addition to his teaching activities with Apple Hill, he has been on the faculty of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
From 1993-2007, he was the founding executive director of Boston’s Emmanuel Music, responsible for the organization’s development through performances of Bach Cantatas; the complete chamber, vocal, and piano works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, and John Harbison; operas by Handel, Mozart, and Schubert; as well as innovative collaborations and tours with stage director Peter Sellars, choreographer Mark Morris, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Outside of Apple Hill, he was one of the founders and past chairs of Arts Alive, an organization that promotes arts and culture in the Monadnock region of NH, and was chosen to participate in the 2016 Leadership NH program, a program that increases civic involvement in communities by educating and connecting leaders from throughout the state of NH.
Dear Apple Hill Friend,
I hope you are well and that the New Year is off to a good start. I am writing to share some news that is both exciting and bittersweet for me: I have made the decision that now is the right time for me to step down as Director of Apple Hill. I will remain in my position full-time through March 2021 in order to celebrate Apple Hill’s 50th Anniversary, including the launch of a fund to sustain all the work we’ve done and propel Apple Hill into its next 50 years!
To ensure a smooth leadership transition, a search will commence in the coming weeks, guided by a committee made up of four trustees along with Mike Kelley of the Apple Hill String Quartet.
Apple Hill has meant so much to me personally. It’s been my musical home for a long time! I’ve led the organization since 2008, bringing it to a strong, stable, and professional stage of development. But as you know, I’ve been around Apple Hill for a while, starting in the mid 1980’s on the summer faculty, and later serving on the Board—so the culture, the place, and the people are part of me. My plan is to go back to being on the faculty, lead one of the five summer sessions, and stay connected to our many donors and supporters.
Apple Hill also means a lot to the thousands of students, faculty, and music-loving audiences from around the world. Our mission of creating community, artistic growth, diversity, a place where everyone has a chance, and a level playing field to learn resonates with us all. I’m honored and humbled to work for an organization that has such profound core principles.
I’d like to share a statement that I developed over the years that describes why I work for and value Apple Hill:
I take pride in Apple Hill’s long history of setting aside dominant societal norms and public opinion regarding music performance and teaching in order to accept and help others. In times when Apple Hill may have faced controversy and contempt for trying to help or even simply accept certain individuals, the organization did so anyway. This concept of “radical hospitality and acceptance,” as well as the community resulting from such acceptance, has continually reinforced my choice to work at Apple Hill.
I know that Apple Hill has also meant a lot to you personally—you have supported Apple Hill and me as Director for the past 12 years. For that, I am and always will be eternally grateful.
I hope to see you soon…. maybe this summer! In the meantime, thank you so much for your love and support.
The board and staff are grateful to Lenny for twelve amazing years leading Apple Hill. We love Lenny and we look forward to celebrating this last year with him at the helm.