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Ellen Chavez de Leitner: News

"Santa Cecilia Music Studio" - May 10, 2010

The music studio in Santa Fe , 621 Old Santa Fe Trail, is open and ready for students.

We still have openings for a few students, and are offering individual as well as small group lessons. Come have an introductory lesson and sign up now for summer lessons!

We welcome all ages, and will work out a plan to fit your budget and style.


Cecilia Leitner, will be singing as soprano soloist with the SANTA FE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA AT 7PM FRIDAY APRIL 23, 2010 at St. Francis Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe. The "Creation" by Haydn will be sung in English, with choir and Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone soloists.

This will be Cecilia's first performance in NM since she received her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Yale University last May. I hope you can come if you are in Santa Fe or nearby! It's free, so come on time!

Music Studio Opening! - February 25, 2010

Dear friends, fellow musicians, and prospective students,

We write to inform you of our new music studio in downtown Santa Fe. We are offering lessons in voice, violin, sight-reading, musicianship skills, and chamber music coaching. Our teachers are professional performers with solid education and experience and a desire to help music flourish in New Mexico. We extend a warm invitation to music lovers of all ages and levels to take lessons at our studio which is conveniently located at 621 Old Santa Fe Trail, #17. Whether it is in preparation for a career in music or to improve your music making within our vibrant community of Santa Fe and the surrounding area, Santa Cecilia Music Studio has much to offer.

Please give us a call to set up your first lesson, or pass the word along to your students or others who may be interested in taking lessons.
Let's make beautiful music!

Ellen and Cecilia Leitner
Santa Cecilia Music Studio

Cecilia Leitner
M.M. Vocal Performance
Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Ellen Chavez de Leitner

Classes at NNMC - January 1, 2010

Sign up for violin classes at Northern New Mexico Community College, taking place again this semester! We had a fun and successful first semester, and would love you to join us. All levels are welcome. Classes start Jan. 19.

Duo Guadalupe plays in Taos - August 6, 2009

Friday, August 7th, 2009
Taos Art Plaza
223 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM

Price: $8.00 - $6.00 for students, seniors and members of SOMOS

Summer Writer Series - a short concert and book-reading - for SOMOS - Society of the Muse of the Southwest. Before we play, RICK COLLIGNON (novelist) will read from the new novel in his popular Guadalupe series, Madewell Brown (Random House/Unbridled Books). Then RENEE GREGORIO (poet, cofounder Tres Chicas Books) will read from new poetry collection Drenched.

Duo Guadalupe plays music by de Falla and San Andres.

Concert 6:00 PM April 25, 2009 - March 25, 2009

Duo Guadalupe will be playing a concert of music by:

Paganini, De Falla, San Andres, and Albeniz

At the Santuario de Chimayo
6:00 PM on April 25, 2009

Admission is $20, students half price. Please call 505-920-9728 or 505-351-4283.

Students Wanted! - February 16, 2009

I would like to have some more private students now that all my own children are away from home.
Making music with the violin is such a satisfying experience if you have the right tools!

No more credit cards - January 28, 2009

As of January 1, 2009, no credit cards will be accepted on this site.
We'll be using snail mail for CD and advance concert ticket orders.

Cecilia's Recital at Yale - January 19, 2009

Cecilia Leitner will be performing her second year graduate recital on January 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM at Sprague Hall on the campus of Yale University.
The concert will include music of Vivaldi, Monteclair, Turina, and Wolf.

Violin and Ensemble Classes at NNMC - November 3, 2008

I've been teaching violin class at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola this fall.
Spring semester will include more classes, including violin class, Applied Music/Violin (private lessons), Jazz violin, and Ensemble.
Go to for more information.

Highlands Universiy Concert October 12 - October 4, 2008

Duo Guadalupe will be performing at NM Highlands University in Las Vegas on Oct. 12 at 3:00PM. We'll be performing Spanish music. Please come if you can! It will be at Kennedy Lounge. Click on PHOTOS on the menu bar to see the fabulous poster.

New Classes at NNMC - September 26, 2008

I will be teaching ensemble classes at Northern New Mexico College next semester, as well as more violin classes. But the classes will only take place if enough students register. Come and play music, have fun and get college credit! Let your friends and family know!

Chamber music coaching, or Ensemble class - September 4, 2008

In addition to my violin class, I'm trying to get an ensemble class for next term at NNMC, so PLEASE, if you're interested in having fun playing with others and learning ensemble, keep an eye out for it, and SIGN UP!

Violin classes at NNMC - September 4, 2008

Fall term violin class started at Northern New Mexico Community College. It is a class in basics of technique, with individual attention.
This was a last minute hire, so it may not be possible to join the class at this point, but if you're interested, try for the next term!

Abiquiu concerts - June 16, 2008

Here is a letter about a new concert series in Abiquiu. I'll be performing Telemann solo Fantasias, and Mozart and Beethoven sonatas with Edwin Light, pianist, on July 6th. Come if you can!

Dear Abiquiu Friends and Friends of Abiquiu,

I'm pleased to announce the Inaugural season of the Abiquiu Chamber Music series, June 22 - August 31. This will be held six Sundays at 2 p.m., providing interesting and quality classical performances by artists from NM, AZ, and NYC. The concerts will be held in a magnificent open-air setting overlooking the Rio Chama (see attachment) here at my home and performance space in Abiquiu.

Admission is $12 per concert; or purchase the entire series for only $60. Children are free with an adult ticket. All tickets must be purchased in advance, either through reservations at or directly from The Tin Moon Gallery or Maya Art Cafe. Cash or Check only, please. Tickets will be available for reservation beginning June 3rd. Seating is limited to 50 per event.

For those wanting to linger afterwards, Maya Art Cafe will be providing a catered, elegant prix fixe post-concert dinner, 4:30 - 6:30. Advance reservations are needed for that by WEDNESDAY prior to any of the Sunday concerts. Those dinner reservations may be made directly at 505.685.4942.

For any additional information on the series, programs, or artists, please contact me at: (505) 685.0076. There will be regular coverage of the upcoming concerts in the Rio Grande Sun, beginning with an overview, feature article either the 1st or 2nd week of June.

We hope that this will make a significant artistic contribution to our special community. Please reserve your tickets early and bring your visiting-vacationing friends with you!

Thanks for your support and for "spreading the word." I look forward to seeing you at the River!!


Madeline Williamson, Pianist
Abiquiu Chamber Music


"Enchantment Chamber Music" Series at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe on Sunday June 8th, 2008 features chamber music for violin and guitar performed by Ellen Leitner, and Roberto Capocchi, "Duo Guadalupe". On the program is the Grand Sonata, Op. 25, by the 19th century guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani, “Danza de los Amantes Efimeros” by contemporary composer Francisco Gonzalez, and well-loved tangos by 20th century Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola. See more details on the CALENDAR, or go to BUY to reserve tickets.

Review of April concert - May 12, 2008

From an e-mail from a very satisfied concertgoer:
I was thrilled by your marvelous performance on April 6 at the Loretto Chapel, when I happened to be in town on a small vacation. You and your instrument bring out the best in each other, and your innovative approach was fascinating to see."...(the concert) "restored my faith in chamber music in general ..."

Enchantment Chamber Music Mother's Day Concert - - April 21, 2008

Sunday May 11, 2008, 7:00 PM
Luigi Boccherini's "Fandango" guitar quintet, Franz Josef Haydn's guitar quartet in D, and a trio by Niccolo Paganini will be featured on Mother's Day at Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe. Musicians are Ellen Chavez de Leitner and Jane Snyder, violin, Marke Talley, viola, Candace Brower, Cello, and Roberto Capocchi, guitar. Tickets in advance (click "BUY" on this site) until May 8th, or at the door.

Duo Guadalupe at Northern New Mexico College - April 17, 2008

Thursday April 24th at 7pm Ellen Chavez de Leitner, violin, and Roberto Capocchi, guitar, that is, Duo Guadalupe, will perform their Spanish program at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, NM.

April 6th Concert - March 7, 2008

"Enchantment Chamber Music" will feature Duo Guadalupe playing some of their Spanish repertory to kick off first concert of this spring series.
The Loretto Chapel has limited seating, so please make reservations in advance!
Call 505-920-9728 or click on "Buy" above to order online

Irish Performance a Success! - March 7, 2008

Everyone loved the Irish airs on Ellen's solo violin that opened the show and the second act of Belisama's recital on March 1st and 2nd! The dancers were fabulous, and there was also a live set with fiddle, guitar, bodhran, and flute. Rose Leitner choreographed a stunning flamenco set, and the troupe joined her for a combination flamenco and Irish dance set.

Irish Dance performance - February 28, 2008

Belisama Irish Dance Company will be performing Saturday and Sunday March 1st and 2nd at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.
Opening the show will be a violin solo by Ellen. Also featured, besides the wonderful Irish dancers, will be a flamenco solo by Rose Leitner, and a traditional Irish music set.
See Calendar for details.

Peyton Wright Art of Devotion opening - December 14, 2007

Johanna Boudreau and Genevieve Leitner will join Ellen in:

15th Annual Art of Devotion
December 14, 2007 – April 30, 2008
Opening Reception Friday December 14th, 5 to 8pm
Genevieve Leitner will join Ellen, playing NM waltzes & polkas, and Christmas music from Spain and Latin America for this reception:

Peyton Wright Gallery
237 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe

The Art of Devotion exhibition presents one of the most extensive collections of public and private devotional art in the country. This visually stunning and historically significant exhibition features paintings, furniture, silverwork, and sculpture from colonial-era Mexico, Central and South America, as well as Europe. The Spanish Colonial collection dates from the 16th to the 19th centuries and includes work from Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Guatemala and the Philippines.

The exhibition also presents a selection of historic Russian Icons dating from the 18th through the early 20th centuries, as well as a collection of historic New Mexican santos, bultos, cristos and retablos from New Mexico's finest 18th and 19th century santeros, making this show one of the finest, and most comprehensive, exhibitions of devotional iconographic art in the United States.

In addition, the second floor gallery features work by Herbert Bayer, the German Bauhaus Master, emphasizing paintings and works on paper, as well as a number of free-standing sculptures posthumously fabricated from Bayer's original maquettes. Other works include selections from the gallery's fine American Modernist collection.

New Posadas time - December 14, 2007

The hours that we'll be playing for the Dec. 16 Posadas in Abiquiu have changed. We'll play from 4 - 6 PM. Here's the press release:

The Pueblo de Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center Invites you to
Posadas y Postres
Join us in Celebrating a Fruitful Year & the Blessings of the Holiday Season
Sunday, December 16th, 4–6 PM, Abiquiu Parish Hall on the Plaza

Homemade Desserts and Other Surprises!
Enjoy New Books, Old Friends, and Special Guests
Traditional Violin and Guitar Music with Duo Chimayo

Suggested donation: $10 per Person
For information call the Library: 505 685 4884

Stay for Las Posadas in the Pueblo Parish beginning at 7 PM

Delightful New Mexican waltzes and polkas from the late 19th and early 20th century are the main repertory of Duo Chimayo. Mother and daughter Ellen Chavez de Leitner and Johanna Feliz Boudreau began playing and performing together in1996. They play in the traditional setting of violin and guitar, using music from the Museum of New Mexico archives. Ms. Leitner is a classically trained violinist, while Ms. Boudreau is a self-taught guitarist and songwriter, who began her musical studies learning violin from her mother. Ms. Leitner's maternal side of the family came from Spain and has been in New Mexico for 15 generations. Duo Chimayo enjoys keeping the musical culture of their ancestors alive.

The Art of Devotion - Dec. 14 - November 22, 2007

Ellen will be performing with her daughters, Johanna and Genevieve at Peyton Wright gallery for the opening reception for "The Art of Devotion". The exhibit will be stunning, and music to match!
Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, 5- 8pm
237 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe
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