Our Musicians

 

Anna Leavitt - Cello

Anna Leavitt, Masters of Arts in Cello, University of Denver, Bachelors of Music, Louisianna State University. Anna is the artistic director and co-founder of Leavitt Music Service. Anna recieved a Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Cello Performance from the University of Denver. She has taught cello at Colorado Christian University and has performed with recording artists Ray Charles, Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant of Led Zepplin, Johnny Mathis, Leslie Uggams, Sandy Patti, John Tesh on his recently released "Alive" DVD and many more. She toured the United States with the Continental Orchestra and has performed with the Denver Chamber Orchestra and the Denver Outrageous Cello Quartet. Anna has played on numerous recordings and is in high demand for her ability to improvise. She can be heard on these recordings:

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Anna Leavtt John Tesh

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Anna has performed in numerous musicals and operas including: La Boheme, The Consul, The Medium, Sweeney Todd, Annie, Peter Pan, I Do, I Do, Victor Victoria, Do I Hear A Waltz, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The King and I (Princess), 1776, Company and Desert Song, She has toured in France and Switzerland. She performs frequently at Cherry Hills Community Church. Anna recently performed with the Mercury Ensemble singing operatic arias and playing the cello.

Anna Leavitt

 

Anna plays Canon in D by Pachelbel

 


Desire Cedeno-Suarez Ward - Violin

Desire plays everything from Baroque music to modern improvisation.

Desire's view from the stage at Red Rocks playing with Earth Wind and Fire.

 


James Maurice Shaw - Viola

James Shaw, Masters of Arts in Viola, Rice Unversity, Masters of Conducting, University of Miami. James is currently a violist in the Inside The Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Greeley Philharmonic. He is also a violist and chamber musician with the Mercury Ensemble. Mr. Shaw formerly held viola positions with the Florida Grand Opera and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Shaw currently teaches violin and viola at Parlando School of Musical Arts and has previously taught violin, viola and chamber music at Rice University’s Shepherd school preparatory department in addition to string programs in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Colorado. Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Denver and a Masters in Performance from Rice University. He also held a quartet fellowship from Kent State University, studying with the Miami and Miro String Quartets, where he received a Masters in Orchestral Conducting. Mr. Shaw has also performed on the Holland America Cruise lines.

 

James Shaw Viola

 

James Shaw Denver Viola


Adelaide Pappas-Naughton - Violin

MUSIC IS MY PASSION...

As a freelance violinist playing acoustic and five-string electric violins, I've had the privilege to perform with a wide variety of ensembles in the Denver-Metro area. My experience includes years of playing the symphonic literature, as well as freelancing with various groups playing many styles of music - pop, rock, jazz, etc. 

I have been contracted to play performances such as the Denver tour dates with Debbie Reynolds, Jeans 'n Classics - The Music of Led Zeppelin at the Arvada Center, Richard Marx at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, CO, edgy & family friendly musicals with Inspire Creative, Ignite and StageDoor theatres, and even dressed up in a Roma outfit playing Gypsy music at the Boettcher Mansion in Golden, CO, to name a few. I have also played for various churches, weddings, recording sessions and other types of events and have subbed with Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, and continue to perform regularly with The Arapahoe Philharmonic and Cloud9 string quartet.

Denver Strings Quartet and trio

 

 

 


Jeanne Chin - Viola

Upon completion of her Masters Degree in performance from Manhattan School of Music, Jeanne settled in Colorado and built her career in Denver.  She has been the Principal violist of the Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Denver Center Attractions, Vail International Ballet Festival, Denver Chamber Orchestra and Emerald City Opera.  
At the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under the baton of Marin Alsop, she has been a Principal and and section Player.  She also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Bravo Vail, Denver Center Theatre, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen String Trio traveling throughout rural Colorado with Colorado Chautauqua sponsored by the Colorado Council  for the Arts and Humanities.  Jeanne has been a featured soloist with Musica Sacra (now Stratus Chamber Orchestra) and the Denver Chamber Orchestra.  Jeanne is a passionate knitter, reader and visual artist.  Currently, she is pursuing teaching English as a second language to immigrants pursuing naturalization.  
A dedicated and motivational teacher, she maintains a teaching studio of violin and viola in her home. 

That's all, folks!

Jeanne Chin Viola

 

 

 

 


Laura Klein - Piano

Laura Klein, M.M., NCTM, pianist, is active as a performer, teacher, and collaborator. A member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, she believes that music can enrich the lives of children and adults alike. She also is passionate about performance and has performed as a soloist and collaborator in the United States, Canada, Austria and the Czech Republic.

During her studies, she participated in numerous scholarship and award competitions, winning both first and second places in the state. She also was assistant accompanist for the college choirs and local theatre and opera companies, performing in several events in the southeast region. Upon completion of her degree, she taught piano and pedagogy as faculty at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Washington, until her relocation to New Jersey to pursue her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College. She received her M.M. degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance in 2010, graduating with honors.

A piano faculty member at Westminster Conservatory of Music, Princeton, New Jersey, Ms. Klein also serves as adjunct faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She has maintained a private studio – Appassionata Piano Studio – since 2001; her students have participated in festivals, adjudications and honors recitals, receiving highest honors. She has served on faculty at The American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

 

 

 


Nathanael Leavit - Violin

Nathanael Leavitt he has been the first place holder of four concerto competitions with various orchestras in Colorado. He has performed as a soloist with the Mercury Ensemble, the Junior Symphony Guild, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, the Lone Tree Symphony and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Nathanael's orchestral experience includes serving as the Concertmaster of the Denver Young Artists Conservatory Orchestra, and the Colorado Young Sinfonia. Additionally, he has performed in the first violin section of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Lone Tree Symphony, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the Mercury Ensemble, and various free-lance orchestras in the Denver area. He toured the French Alps in 2007, Switzerland in 2010, and in 2016 he will tour New York City with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, performing in Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, and Central Park.

       Besides playing in orchestras, and as a soloist, Nathanael also enjoys playing in electric rock string quartets, Gypsy Jazz bands, rock bands, and various other ensembles. Nathanael spent the summer of 2014 at the Interlochen Arts Camp where he received the Fine Arts Award in Violin Performance. In arts leadership, he also holds positions including Vice President of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Teen Council, and board member of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Read More

Denver Colorado violinist nathanael Leavitt

Nathanael Leavitt violin

 



Daniel Leavitt - Production/Arranger FULL BIO

Dan Leavitt, Masters of Arts in Music from the University of Denver has written over 300 arrangements that are played all over the world. Daniel Leavitt teaches music at Colorado Christian University and is the conductor of the Mercury Ensemble. He has also conducted the Colroado Ballet's Nutcracker. Dan has performed with numerous recording artists including, Andrea Bocelli, Diane Reeves, Mel Torme, Mellisa Manchester, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Leslie Uggams, Amy Grant, John Denver, Bob Hope, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, The Canadian Brass, The Moody Blues, Mannheim Steam Roller, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Aaron Copland, Richard Stolzman, Andre Watts and many more. He can be seen in the recently released PBS special 3 Mo' Divas. He has recorded with the Colorado Symphony, The Boulder Brass, and Rare Silk. He has performed with the The Denver Brass, Denver Chamber Orchestra, The Central City Opera, The Colorado Symphony, Mercury Ensemble and touring Broadway shows: Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Big, Peter Pan and others. Dan has published hundreds of arrangements for strings, brass and other ensembles which are available at www.peakviewmusic.com His arrangements and transcriptions have been performed and recorded throughout the world.

Dan can be heard playing trumpet on the PBS special, "Three Mo' Divas"

Dan is also the Executive Director of the Denver Muicipal Band.

Denver Municipal BAnd

 

Dan Leavitt Pondering

Pondering

Dan Leavitt Conductor

Conducting the Mercury Ensemble

Dan Leavitt and Michael W. Smith

Danny and Michael W. Smith

 

 

 


Simone Hammett Lynch - Violin

Simone

 

 

 

 

Contact

Email us at: annaleavittcello@yahoo.com or phone 303-525-8215

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