Leonard Kacenjar is the founder and artistic director of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival. This season, he celebrates forty years, both as the conductor of the Festival and formerly, of the Marshall Symphony Orchestra. A native of Cleveland OH, Maestro Kacenjar received his BS degree from Juilliard School of Music in New York City and his MS degree from Ball State University in Muncie IN. He has served on the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, and has attended the Aspen Music Festival. He moved to Shreveport in 1971, and served as Concertmaster with the Shreveport Symphony for seven seasons. He has distinguished himself as a soloist and first violist with the Festival String Quartet. He performs in numerous solo and chamber music recitals in the Ark-La-Tex.

Maestro Kacenjar currently serves as adjunct professor at Panola College in Carthage TX, and has been asked to develop a strings program at the college level. He also teaches violin and viola for a non-profit music education program in Panola County, Project String Power Inc. He conducts the Super Group, the student orchestra of Project String Power.