In her native Argentina, Cecilia Esquivel studied at the National Conservatory of Music. She moved to Washington in 1984 to continue her studies in vocal jazz performance.
Cecilia holds a BA in Music Performance from the University of Maryland, where she studied jazz under Ronnie Wells and Ron Elliston. She also holds an MSW degree from the Catholic University of America. In her performances and workshops, she combines her knowledge of music and social work to reach individuals with a variety of learning styles, educational challenges and emotional difficulties.
As a member of Cantaré, Cecilia performs Latin American music for audiences of all ages in schools, libraries, festivals and major public venues. She also teaches workshops and residencies.
In addition, Cecilia is very active in the Washington area music scene. She performs both as a soloist and with ensembles, and does studio work as a singer, arranger and recording producer. Her work has earned her repeated recognition from the Washington Area Music Association (see Awards below).
Washinton Area Music Association
- 2010 WAMMIE Nominee - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2009 WAMMIE Nominee - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2008 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2007 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
- 2004 WAMMIE Winner - Best Latin Music Vocalist, Cecilia Esquivel
Cecilia is currently working on a duets recording of Brazilian, Jazz and Argentinian standards with guitarist Dani Cortaza and pianist Harry Appleman. Click here to hear soundbites from her webpage.