Our Condolences to the Leonard Family

We are sad to announce that BCSO Cellist Steve Leonard passed away the morning of Saturday, November 10th 2018. Steve has been with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra for nearly 10 years and he will be sorely missed.

Steve had a love for music that showed in his participation with multiple music organizations including the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Savoyards, the Tuesday Musical Club, and the Undercroft Opera Orchestra. 

Steve Leonard was a devoted husband and father. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to support the Leonard family through this difficult time may make a donation to the Steve Leonard Memorial Fund by following this link: 

There will be a 7th, empty, chair in the cello section during our December concert in memory of Steve, who had been planning to perform. 

If you knew Steve or simply wish to extend your condolences please feel free to reach out to us with those Memories and Thoughts and we will post them below. You can send those to butlersymphony@zoominternet.net

Memories and Thoughts 

I was so shocked and saddened to hear this news. Steve encouraged me in my efforts with the BCSO at nearly every concert we worked together on. It was evident he loved Laura, music, and supporting other musicians. I have many memories of looking over to the cello section and seeing Steve smiling contentedly while he played. He will be greatly missed. 

Tanya Satteson, BCSO Concertmaster 

Steve was usually the first cellist arriving at rehearsal. He would be warming up diligently as the rest of us unpacked. When I scooted behind him to get to my seat, Steve would always welcome me in to the section with a very warm greeting and always with a smile. He was continually working on learning and improving as a musician, while remaining cheerful and friendly. He was a very valued and beloved member of the BCSO and he will be sorely missed. 

Robin Hasenpflug, BCSO Principal Cellist 

Steve Leonard was always a bright light in the cello section. He had a kind word for everyone and was genuinely interested in your health and well being. Steve was always as willing to give helpful advice on tough spots in the cello parts as to ask your opinion on solving the same problem. He will be sorely missed by those of us who knew him well.

Elizabeth Cramer, BCSO Cellist 

Steve was so friendly and kind towards everyone. Playing in the symphony gave him such great joy and his presence enriched the experience of everyone around him. I’ll miss him.

Gino Faraci, BCSO Bassist

Deepest condolences to Laura, my colleague in the violin section.  Your strong partnership and bond with your husband was evident in the orchestra.  Sending strength to you at this very sad time.

Lisa Miles, BCSO Violin II

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