Leo Besen, Chief of
Artistic Development, arrived on July 4, 2005. On hearing
young Mr. Besen make his first audible statements the doctor who
delivered him said the new guy would surely be an opera singer.
However, thus far Mr. Besen’s predilection has proven more for
chamber music. In 2008, he began his violin studies with Dorothy
Roffman at the Thurnauer School of Music, and is currently a
student of Jinah Lee. He is a member of the Thurnauer Symphony
Orchestra, and Co-Concertmaster of the Tenafly Middle School Sixth
Grade Orchestra. He danced in the Children’s Division of the
School of American Ballet from 2011 through 2013, studying there
with Darci Kistler, Sheryl Ware, Kaitlyn Gilliland, and Lisa de
Ribčre. He is an avid photographer and videographer.