Marci Murray Koch believes that playing the cello should be fun and filled with the joy of creating, both through solo work and with other musicians. As with any worthwhile pursuit, learning to play the cello takes time, dedication, patience, hard work and, most importantly, so much heart!
Due to her own experience, Marci also believes that good mentors, supporters, and models make a substantial impact on love for and success with the cello. She began playing the cello at age 11 in the school orchestra where she studied with the same inspiring conductor through high school chamber and symphony orchestras. Her father was a great supporter of her study by always listening to classical music on the radio and even taking lessons along with her. At a young age, she was able to hear Yo-Yo Ma perform a Haydn cello concerto with the Utah Symphony and meet him after the concert.
Marci completed a music minor along with her degree in Elementary Education. She taught 4th grade, 1st grade, and mostly 3rd grade for seven years before receiving a graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Along the way, she played in the BYU Symphony Orchestra, Utah Valley Symphony, and Millennial Choirs and Orchestra.
She recently moved to the Pittsburgh area with her husband Dan who is a talented pianist and musician as well. They enjoy playing Vivaldi, Brahms, and Bach together.