Robert Leger, president

Robert Leger stepped into the role of board president for MusicaNova Orchestra in 2020. He is a self-employed communications and public relations consultant, his second chapter after 37 years in daily newspapers. His last newspaper job was as opinions editor for the Arizona Republic.

He has also served as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, president of its supporting foundation, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, and president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition.

He has been a fan of MusicaNova Orchestra since moving to Arizona in 2006. His wife, Cindy, has been a cellist with the orchestra since 2007. Leger joined the board in 2016.

The Legers perform together in their duo Ocotillo, with Robert playing classical guitar and mandolin. The pair have released one album, performed for audiences on two road tours through the Midwest and Southwest, and enjoy playing for weddings and other events in Arizona.