I have just learned of the death of my friend, Leonard Atherton, emeritus music director of the Muncie Symphony in Indiana, a longtime member of the faculty at Ball State, and one of the first to step forward to participate as a judge for The American Prize back at the founding in 2009.
You can read more here: https://www.meeksmortuary.com/obituary/leonard-j-atherton/
Leonard was a graduate of Oxford University, a lovely man, soft spoken, serious and infinitely polite, I will miss his gracious counsel.
David Katz, founder and chief judge
The American Prize
founding music director,
The Chicago Bar Association Symphony
playwright and actor
“MUSE of FIRE”