Leota Sigrid Boesen Violin and Viola Instruction and Performances.
Leota Sigrid Boesen began teaching award winning violin and viola students in The Woodlands, Texas in September 1993. She began her violin studies in 1965 at the age of nine and received the B.A. in music from Smith College in 1978 and the MLS in music librarianship from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1980. In September 1993, she added the viola as her second instrument of expertise and specialty. Ms. Boesen is currently accepting new students. In addition to violin and viola lessons, Ms. Boesen offers her services along with her accompanist and her string quartet for weddings, parties, and other social, business, or private events. Please call or email for more information or to schedule an event. Gift certificates are now available for lessons and social events.
[12/17/17] Hey my friends I have gift certificates for sale for the Christmas Holiday Season. What better way than to say I LOVE YOU than through the gift of music lessons!!! Lesson are given in studio and via FaceTime
[10/23/15] God has blessed me again during my 50th anniversary as a violinist. For the second time in my teaching career, one of my 8th grade violists ranked as the number one junior high violist in Region 9 of Texas this past Saturday at regional orchestra tryouts. He competed against 85 other violists for this honor. I last produced the number one violist in this region back in 2007. That student is now on scholarship as a Viola performance major at Sam Houston State University. One of my other 8th grade violists won the penultimate chair in the Viola section of the regional Philharmonic Orchestra. One of my seventh grade violinists won fourth chair of the second violin section of the Philharmonic Orchestra. Over 200 violinists tried out for two orchestras. I am so proud of these students who won chairs. And I am equally proud of the other students who competed at this event. I never dreamed that my students would be honoring me in such a big way during this special milestone in my musical life. I want to thank all of my past and present students for their presence in my life. I love you all!
As I continue to celebrate my 50th year as a violinist, I keep receiving good news from my current and former students. My former viola student, Aidan McMorrow, who just graduated from The Woodlands High School in June 2015, is now a freshman at Penn State. He recently auditioned for the Campus Orchestra at Penn State and he is now seated as third chair of the viola section, with the title of Assistant Principle. I am so very proud of his great accomplishment there, especially since he is just starting his academic career as a freshman. Aidan was also a member of the Chamber Orchestra at The Woodlands High School for three years, and in 2014 and in 2015, his quartet received a One at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Austin, the higest ranking any group or soloist can receive at the state level. In 2015, he also competed with his solo and received a Two at this same competition, which is an absolutely great score at the state level. Aidan is picture on the right and my other former student, violinist Nico Carswell, is on the left. Nico just graduated from The Woodlands High School also, and he, too, was in the Chamber Orchestra there for the past three years. His quartet received a One at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition in 2014 and in 2015, and he also received a Two at this same contest for his solo in 2015. Nico is a freshman at the University of Houston and he is playing in the second violin section of the highest ranked orchestra at the University of Houston. I am bursting wtih pride that he accomplished this great feat as a freshman. Congratulations to these two outstanding students who enriched and blessed my life as their teacher. I can't wait to see what they do next!!
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LET MORE JOYOUS NEWS BE SPREAD----
MY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MADE REGION,
NOTHING MORE BE SAID!!
I would like to congratulate my two high school seniors who tried out for regional orchestra and won chairs in the Regional Philharmonic Orchestra. One is a violinist and the other is a violist. I think this is the first time in the history of my studio that all senior high and junior high students who tried out for regional orchestras won chairs in them. Hurrah for my talented students. This region of Texas is EXTREMELY competitive and it is a huge accomplishment to succeed at these auditions. All will be playing in their regional orchestra concerts on Saturday, November 22, Saint Cecilia Day. Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music, musicians and art. How appropriate it is that they will be performing on a day that is important for music and for musicians.
LET THE JOYOUS NEWS BE SPREAD!
EACH OF MY JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS MADE REGION--
NOTHING MORE BE SAID!!
Well, maybe I should explain that all four of my junior high students who tried out for regional orchestra won chairs in regional orchestral Two violinists and one violist made Symphony, the upper orchestra, and one violist made Philharmonic, the second orchestra. I am so happy and pleased for them. It was a lot of hard work and lots of practicing, but they made it. Now I just have to teach them their music for the concert which will be on Saint Cecilia Day, the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians Day, November 22.
[10/10/14] It [Didn't] Come Easy," but I will be going to Ringo Starr's concert in The Woodlands, Texas tonight, Friday, October 10. I have waited 50 years to see a Beatle in concert. In September 1964, my father took my oldest brother to see The Beatles when they performed at the Indiana State Fair, but he did not take me to this concert. Fifty years later, I will now get to realize a childhood dream. Peace and Love!!
[08/01/14] It's Festive Friday in the studio as I welcome the return of a former violin student who has been in Scotland the past two years while his father was on special assignement for his company, and is now back home for his senior year. I think he and I will play this song today to celebrate his return: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeTgx_pj6m8
[07/31/14] So how does one cope with 100 degree temperatures in Houston? One plays cool songs like "Low Rider" and "Free Bird" on our violins in my studio!
[06/22/14] My students and I will gear up for the Fourth of July by playing patriotic music this week and the next. By the way, the studio will be closed on July 4, 5, and 6 in observance of this holiday.
[06/18/14] Happy Hump Day! For me, it will be a day of being in the studio from 10am to 8pm giving violin and viola lessons to some very fantastic students! I think we will have to play some Beatles music today in order to keep celebrating their 50th anniversary of coming to America. It is my sacred duty to teach the music of The Beatles!
And now, my studio celebrates all fathers of my past and current students, with this musical salute:
youtube.com "My Dad" is a heartfelt song written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil specifically for an episode of "The Donna Reed Show". That episode is currently available o...
[06/13/14] It's Fabulous Friday in the studio as I celebrate the penultimate day of my teaching work week. I am looking forward to teaching my two fabulous students students today who are not afraid to come out for a lesson on Friday the 13th with a full moon.
[06/06/14] Congratuations to all of my public school students who are finishing their school year today. It will be pretty quiet around the studio today as only two students will be in, but I know their lessons will be great. I wish everyone a happy Friday and I look forward to teaching my talented students this summer.
[05/27/14] I would like to congratulate my three Woodlands High School students who received a One, the highest rank possible, for each of their ensembles at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest held yesterday in Austin. What a great contest season it has been for me. All of my students, from grades six through eleven, who participated in solo and ensemble contest at the local level, received ones for their solos and ensembles. And all of my high school students went onto compete at the State level and have returned with Ones--a very difficult feat to accomplish in this state. Congratulations to my talented students!
[04/20/14] I had a wonderful Easter at my church, Trinity Lutheran Church, in Spring, Texas, today. I played viola in three services and one of my students played violin and another one played viola. We and the entire orchestra were all blessed to accompany Mr. Lyle Lovett, a member of our church, who performed the opening hymn. Mr. Lovett's love of the church and his perfect musicianship are always an inspiration to me. The orchestral accompaniments for the hymns were all written by the music director, Dr. Bill Brusick, who is a brilliant composer. I am so happy to have such a warm and loving church home where I can share my musical talent with others as we worship our Lord. Happy Easter to all of my Hoosier and Texan friends, and to my friends in many other states, as well as my friends in Norway, Denmark, England, France, and Italy. I send my love to you all.
[04/11/14] I had the joy of honoring my three senior students last Saturday at my annual Tribute to Seniors. I enjoyed having the opportunity to give them some spiritual advice through prose, poetry, and song. And it was truly emotional for me to stand with my seniors for the last time to play a fantastic arrangement of "Amazing Grace." I would like to thank the two juniors who joined us to fill out the ranks in the performances. We also performed Purcell's "Rondeau" from "Abdelazer," complete with harpsichord setting from our accompanist. A big thanks to all of my seniors and their parents for their support over the years. I also would like to thank all of those who contributed financially to this event. I truly appreciate your loyal and loving patronage. What I learned from planning this event this year is that not only does it take a village, but in my case, it takes a violin and a viola village to help honor my seniors!
[03/10/14] Just finished teaching some of my wonderful students today on this Monday of spring break. I am happy to announce that all of my high school students received the highest ranking at the Conroe ISD Solo and Ensemble competition for their solos and for their ensembles. All of my high school students will be going to the state competition in Austin in May. I am also proud of my junior high students who received the highest ranking possible for their solos. One student even received a perfect score. Congratulations to my talented and spiritual students!
I hope all of my friends are enjoying their first day of the new year. Here are a few lines from the poem, "God Knows," by Minnie Louise Haskins, which seem very appropriate to share:
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
May your new year be filled with divine love and guidance.
[12/26/13] I spent a wonderful and spiritual Christmas Eve at my church, Trinity Lutheran, in Spring, Texas, playing at three services. I played viola in the full orchestra at the first two services and both violin and viola at the 11pm candlelight service. I had the honor of being in the orchestra that accompanied Lyle Lovett as he sang "Silent Night" and "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." His renditions of these pieces were awesome and spiritual. It was a privilege to work with a musician like Mr. Lovett who is of the highest caliber of musician. And our music minister, who is also a composer, wrote all of the arrangements that the orchestra played. It is always a joy to play his music. I was equally blessed to be joined in the orchestra by my first violin student from 1993, who flew in from NYC to perform with us. It was also a blessing to have one of my current high school violin students play in the orchestra and in the string trio with me at the 11pm service. Each student did wonderful work. It is always the highlight of the Christmas season for me to play "Silent Night" just a few minutes before midnight as live candles are lit by the congregation. God is so good!! I am so happy I got to spend Christmas with my musical family.
[12/21/13] So how does one cope with 72 degrees and rain in Houston on December 21, the shortest day of the year? By turning on the AC and then going to my studio to teach several fabulous students and to play Christmas music. I found my Christmas spirit this morning by listening to beautiful Christmas music on Houston's Sunny 99.1!
[12/20/13] The studio will be open today and tomorrow, Saturday December 21 and on Monday, December 23 from 10am to 3pm. Then it will be off to rehearse at Trinity Lutheran Church for Christmas Eve services. I will be playing viola in the orchestra, and viola and violin in the 11pm quartet. My very first student from 1993 will be coming in from NYC to play violin in the orchestra, and one of my current students will be playing at the 11pm service with me. I hope that many of you will consider attending one of the services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring, Texas.
I am writing to ask you for prayers for the great country singer, Ray Price, as he continues to battle cancer at his home in Texas. He is 87 and I am sure you have heard of this legendary performer. Three years ago, one of my students had the honor of opening for Mr. Price at his Christmas concert in Conroe, Texas, and it was truly a magnificent event. Mr. Price was generous enough to give this opportunity to one of my students. Here is one of his songs, "I Won't Mention It Again," for you to listen to:
Please keep Mr. Price and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He has given so much love to the world with his music, and I think it is a wonderful thing to return some of this love to him and to his family at this time.
Many thanks for your kindness,
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[12/13/13] Dear Facebook friends: I ask you for your prayers for the legendary Ray Price, who is battling pancreatic cancer. His music has given and continues to give much love to this world, and now I ask that that love be returned to him in form of prayers and good thoughts. One of my former students opened for Mr. Price at his Christmas concert in Conroe, Texas, three years ago, and it was truly wonderful to find out what a great person Mr. Price is. Thank you for your prayers.
Here are the final uplifting lines of the 1940 movie, "The Mortal Storm:"
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
May God continue to bless us on this Thanksgiving weekend.
I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with love and joy and friends and family. Remember to keep music in all of your celebrations. Here is a hymn I learned about 45 years ago while singing in the junior choir at First Christian Church in Greencastle, Indiana. Thank you, Mrs. Patience Berg, for having taught it to us so that we could participate in a Children's Choir Festival in Indianapolis:
A hymn composed by Katherine Davis. Sung in the video by Lebanon County Youth Chorus, from their album 'Somewhere in the Skies.' Please click to play all the...
Here are some beautiful Thanksgiving hymns to usher in this cherished holiday:
Sing a long with these wonderful Thanksgiving hymns. Choral and orchestra arrangement by Gary Lanier. For more information log on to http://www.emediaforwors...
Happy Saint Ceciia Day!
Prayer of Music and Musicians
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in
heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek
through art and music to perfect the praises offered by
your people on earth; and grant to them even now
glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at
length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer taken from The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
And now for the Halloween Classic:
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It's Memorable Monday in the studio as we take joy in this last day of September, recalling the past 20 years of this business with words lyrics from "Try to Remember:"
"Try to to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow."
[09/25/13] It's Wonderful Wednesday in the studio as we continue to enjoy our new studio and waiting room. My talented students and I will be playing "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" today. Now go out and make it a wonderful Wednesday in your world.
It's Festive Friday in the studio as we jump for joy that it is Friday and as we continue our 20th anniversary celebration. As Rare Earth said in their 1971 song:
"I just want to celebrate another day of livin'
I just want to celebrate another day of life"
And here is that great song to get our day started out in a festive mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLwkT5vAzCE
youtube.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_Earth_%28band%29 I just want to celebrate another day of livin' I just want to celebrate another day of life I put my faith...
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