Our Conductor and Artistic Director
Len Ingrao is Artistic Director of the London Community Orchestra and the London Youth Symphony.
He began studying conducting with Charles Zachary Bornstein
in London Ontario and became Assistant Conductor of the London Mozart Festival (1985). Subsequent training was with
Karl Österreicher (Vienna, as auditor), John Barnum (Toronto), and
Gustav Meier (Windsor, Kitchener, and London OFSO Workshops). He was Assistant Conductor of the UWO Symphony
Orchestra (1990-94) under Prof. Jerome Summers and Assistant Conductor with UWOPERA (1991-1999) under Prof. Jim McKay.
He was Assistant Conductor to Stan Kopec for the London Youth Symphony (1997 to 2002) and the Niagara Youth Symphony (1997
to 2000.) With that ensemble, he recorded Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture on CD and
conducted them during their 1998 European Tour of Holland, Germany, Belgium, and France.
He has been Guest Conductor with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London
Canada, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and the Woodstock Strings. In
June-July of 2002, he led the London Youth Symphony on its tour of Austria and Italy. On
Remembrance Day 2006, he conducted LYS during a performance of Elgar's Violoncello
Concerto at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the first time a symphony orchestra had
performed at that venue. He was also Principal Conductor of the Waterloo Chamber Players
from 2002 to 2009, and Conductor of the UWO Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and 2008.