Leon Brown Fleming, 72, professor emeritus of music who conducted the University of Maryland Chorale at the Kennedy Center, at Constitution Hall and on recordings, died of pneumonia July 10 at Holy Cross Rehabilitation Center in Burtonsville.

He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Fleming, whose home was in Hyattsville, taught conducting and voice education at the university for 21 years.

He was also a consultant and guest conductor elsewhere on the East Coast.

Mr. Fleming was born in Greenville, N.C. He was a graduate of East Carolina University and received a master's degree at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.

He did work toward a doctorate at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University.

He served in the Army in Germany during World War II.

Before joining the Maryland faculty in 1970, he was music chairman at Sullins College in Bristol, Va.

Mr. Fleming also taught at the Curtis Institute of Music and Catholic University.

Mr. Fleming was a music director and choir conductor at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis. He was vice president of the local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and treasurer of the organization's Mid-Atlantic region. He was a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary society.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sallie K. Fleming of Hyattsville; two daughters, Susan Fleming-Tran of Germantown and Mary Fleming Dudley of Montgomery, Ala.; a sister; and three grandchildren.