- Special Sections
- Public Notices
For more than 40 years, Dr. William Leland, a well-known New Mexico musician, has performed many times throughout the state. At noon Wednesday, Leland will visit Los Alamos as part of the Brown Bag Series at Fuller Lodge.
Leland has a long musical history. He served as pianist in residence and professor of music at New Mexico State University from 1969 to 2000, and has continued to perform, both as a soloist and ensemble artist since his retirement.
Many of Leland’s appearances were duo piano recitals with his late wife, Melba Halamicek. In 2008, he founded the Phoenix Piano Quartet with three professional string players, including his daughter. He was for many years active in the New Mexico Music Teachers Association, where he served as junior/senior auditions chairman.
A native of Philadelphia, Leland received his bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory and his master’s and doctorate from The University of Cincinnati.
In 1960 he was awarded the Soloist Diploma from the Musikhochschule in Hanover, Germany, where he studied with Karl Engel. Some of his other teachers have included Hans Barth, Olga Conus and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
Leland’s performing career has taken him to Germany, Italy and Mexico, as well as 27 states and the District of Columbia, and has included solo and chamber music recitals in major centers in San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Cincinnati and Denver. He continues to make his home in Las Cruces.