Leslie Stifelman is the Music Director and Conductor of Chicago: The Musical, the longest running American musical in Broadway history celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. She has brought many stars to the stage including Usher, Jennifer Nettles, Patti Labelle, Brandy Norwood, Mel B., Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields among a host of others. Leslie is also the Executive Producer of the Peabody® Award winning HBO® series The Music in Me; a Music Supervisor and Master Teacher for theatrical productions and online initiatives for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute; a symphonic conductor appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra among others; a music director for Here Lies Jenny written with Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees and Ann Reinking; a concert pianist collaborating with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Dawn Upshaw, and the London Symphony; a recording artist for all the major labels including Angel, Nonesuch, BMG, EMI; and a music supervisor for films directed by Martin Scorcese and Rita Wilson. As an educator Leslie has designed and contributed to some of the most powerful educational initiatives of the last decade through her work with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, including the city-wide Somewhere Project: West Side Story and the first-ever interactive Broadway show for families called Take The Stage With Broadway Stars that starred Leslie and Tony® award winner Jessie Mueller. Leslie is proud that this year she and her esteemed collaborators Kevin Newbury and Melissa Rae Mahon created the Musical Theater Performance Lab for the College of the Performing Arts at the New School, a ground-breaking initiative that is a collaboration between Mannes, The New School for Drama and the The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
B.M. The New England Conservatory of Music
M.M. Mannes College of Music