Mrs. Maren Wood

Cello Teacher

SAA Member

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Oakton, VA
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Mrs. Maren Wood is a professional cello player and music educator. 

Mrs. Wood has been playing the cello since she was 4 years old.  She started with the Suzuki method and transitioned to traditional cello a few years later when her Suzuki teacher moved away.  She has a love for chamber music after growing up playing in a piano trio with her mother and sister.  Mrs. Wood was actively involved in her school music program and All-State orchestras, as well as the Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra, and earned Sterling Scholar in Music for her high school and region.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in cello performance.  While at university, she was very involved with the New Music Ensemble and an honors quartet.  She was also principle cello of the Utah Philharmonia.  Her most influential cello teachers in Salt Lake City were Ellen Bridger and Steven Emerson.  She spent a year at Northern Illinois University studying with the late Marc Johnson of the Vermeer String Quartet.  She also studied orchestral conducting on a graduate level.  Mrs. Wood has been a member of the Las Cruces Symphony and McLean Orchestra under the direction of Sylvia Alimena.  She has taught private cello lessons for over 20 years with her students earning superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble, elementary strings in a before-school program, and middle school orchestra in Las Cruces, NM where her orchestras earned superior ratings at Large Group Ensemble Festival.  Mrs. Wood also enjoyed teaching at Hummingbird Music Camp in northern New Mexico. 

Music brought her so much joy in her youth and helped shape who she is today, that she has always been interested in various ways to teach music to children.  She is certified in Orff Schulwerk levels I, II, and III with Paul Hallsted as the trainer.  Mrs. Wood is really inspired by the Suzuki philosophy and the idea that “every child can”.  Her teacher trainers in the Suzuki method have been Pam Devenport and Annette Costanzi. Mrs. Wood also enjoys biking with her family, traveling and raising her sweet twin daughters with her husband.  They live in Oakton, Virginia. 

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