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VOW4 in Estes Park 2007


About Voice of the Wood Cello Quartet

The Voice of the Wood Cello Quartet was founded in 2003. Originally comprised of the cello section from the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra in Evergreen Colorado, the cellists got together to rehearse and perform, locally, ‘Voice of the Wood – Concerto for 4 Cellos and Orchestra’ by composer Russell Peck. They enjoyed playing together so much they decided to make the commitment and perform as a group as much as possible.

After taking the ‘Voice of the Wood – Concerto for 4 Cellos and Orchestra’ to Europe, they have focused their energy towards performing in public schools promoting music education. They are constantly working on newly arranged pieces and original compositions for the 4 cellos to perform in local area concerts.

Originally named the Evergreen Cello Quartet, they asked Composer Russell Peck if he would mind if the group renamed themselves as The Voice Of The Wood. Russell was delighted and said he would be 'Honored' if the group took on the name. The rest is history.

Michael & Shirley Marecak

Michael: Michael Marecak is principal cellist with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.  He is the oldest son of noted regional artists Edward and Donna Marecak.  Michael is retired from the University of Colorado at Denver.  He is a past member of Community Arts Symphony, Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan State College Symphony Orchestra.   Mike is also a member of the Three/Four Trio.

Shirley: Shirley Marecak is assistant pricipal cellist with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.  She is retired from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Shirley is a past member of Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan State College Symphony Orchestra.  Shirley is also a member of the Three/Four Trio.

 

Marilyn Hof

Marilyn: Marilyn Hof has played for more than 25 seasons with the Fort Collins Symphony and enjoyed brief stints with orchestras in Longmont, Loveland, and the Denver metro area.  Marilyn studied music at the University of New Mexico, and received bachelors and masters degrees from the forestry college at Colorado State University.  Recently retired after 30 years with the National Park Service, she is enjoying renewed focus on chamber music and having time to practice!

 

Stephen Weidner

Stephen: Stephen Weidner is a cellist with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. He is retired Adjunct Professor, Director of Strings and Conductor at Colorado School of Mines. He is also a certified and registered piano technician and owner of his own business, 88 hammers. Stephen also teaches privately at his studios in Evergreen and Aurora.