Our Violinists

 

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Desiree is originally from Venezuela. She began violin lessons at 10 years of age. Desiree received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado, and then went on to graduate school at the University of Minnesota. She then won a position as a fellow of the New World Symphony, the leading orchestral academy in the United States. She has been a soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boulder Youth Symphony, as well as the National Repertory Orchestra. Her orchestral experience has taken her to all different parts of the world, from Korea, to Latin America, as well as Europe. In 2004 Mrs. Ward came to Denver, where she has had the privilege of playing with groups like the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, and the Cheyenne Symphony.
She also currently coaches orchestral violin sections in several different high schools in the Boulder/Denver/Jefferson School Districts.

Desire on stage at Red Rocks playing with Earth Wind and Fire.

 

 

Nathanael Leavittelectric and acoustic violin

Nathanael Leavitt is a student of Dr. Gregory Fulkerson at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin Ohio. As a previous mentee of Dr. Maurice Sklar, and Mr. Claude Sim. Nathanael was a finalist for the Bachelor of Music program at The Juilliard School. He was awarded the Oberlin Conservatory's Dean's Scholarship, along with various awards to name him a full-ride scholarship student at the Oberlin Conservatory. Nathanael reiceved the Niel A. Kjos Jr. Music Scholar award in 2014 to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy where he performed in the World Youth Symphony. At Interlochen Nathanael recieved the Fine Arts Award and participated in a Master Class with Anna Kavofian of Yale University.

In June of 2016, he made his orchestral debut in Carnegie Hall with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. His orchestral experience includes serving as the Concertmaster of the Denver Young Artists Conservatory Orchestra, and the Colorado Young Sinfonia. Additionally, he has performed as a section violinist in a number of professional ensembles, and he is currently a member of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and many other Conservatory ensembles, as a part of his music studies. Besides training as a classical performer, Nathanael also performs in electric rock string quartets, Gypsy Jazz bands, and rock bands. 

Nathanael Leavitt at Juilliard

Nathanael at Carnegie Hall

Nathanael's personal page

 

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Naomi Hill is from Belfast U.K. She has played in numerous orchestras and bands and as a soloist in London, Ireland, Vienna, Prague, Italy, Germany France, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S.A. She is extremely versitile performing classical, jazz, pop and rock.

 

 

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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.

 

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