MARIA VANDER HOEK
Maria Vander Hoek grew up in Calgary and was born with a passion for music. She started playing cello at a very young age, participating in the Academy of Music at Mount Royal and perfomed frequently in the Kiwanis Music Festival. She began her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of Calgary, moved to Victoria, BC and graduated from the University of Victoria in 2006. She moved back to Calgary in 2012, currently teaches the cello at Long and Mcquade and is the assistant principal in the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, stepping in as principal when necessary. She also freelances, performing at weddings and social functions around town. She was a cellist in the Raven Baroque ensemble in Victoria, and now plays with various ensembles in Calgary. She is currently part of the Listeso String Quartet performing Candlelight Concerts around the city, as well as Oculus string quartet and Uptown Strings. She has also performed in the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony, and the Calgary Civic Symphony Orchestra.