[Tania Justina León (b. 1943)]
Hispanic Heritage Month: Tania Leon
Tania León (b. May 14, 1943) is a Cuban-born conductor, composer, pianist and teacher. She was the first music director of the Dance Theater of Harlem, staying with the company from 1968-1980 and music director for the Broadway hit The Wiz. A guest conductor for orchestras across the United States and Europe, her work has been performed by China National Symphony, and the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 León wrote Scourge of the Hyacinths, an opera based off of a play by Nobel Prize winnerWole Soyinka. León has taught at Harvard and Yale, and is an advisor to numerous arts organizations.