A Word from Tom: Soloists Growing Up!

Many of the students who perform solos with Inside the Orchestra have gone on to perform with local and national orchestras like the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Nathanael Leavitt is one of those performers. He soloed on violin with us over 10 years ago with our Inside the Orchestra for Schools program. We all knew Nathanael was special then, but we had no idea how much he’d achieve. In addition to working with us, Nathanael has performed with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (he is also a board member with DYAO), the Mercury Ensemble, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He is a 2016 finalist with the Bachelor of Music program at the Julliard School and has just accepted a full scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music! He was recently invited to the Aspen Music Festival and Stringwood Music Festival for the summer of 2016 and recently received a scholarship from the Diabetes Scholars Foundation. He has also just completed the requirements for the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the United States Civil Air Patrol.

His proud parents work with Inside the Orchestra — Dan Leavitt is our principal trumpet, librarian AND arranger of music, and his mom Anna has sung with us and performed in our cello section.

Nathaniel with Inside the Orchestra age 7

Nathaniel performing with Inside the Orchestra at age 7

Inside the Orchestra and the Leavitt family are a big part of what we bring to our audiences– we are so proud of Nathanael and hope he will come home occasionally and sit in with our orchestra!