Chameleon String Duo
Christine Embree has enjoyed playing the cello since the age of nine and has studied with cellists from the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. She also attended the American Conservatory of Music to continue studying the cello. After marrying and having two daughters she decided to put aside playing and concentrate on her family. In 1986, she returned to her playing, and again resumed private study. She played with a local community orchestra and the Willow Creek Community Church Orchestra until moving to Colorado in 1999 when she joined the Valley Symphony as their principal cellist. She is also a member of the Chameleon Ensemble, greatly enjoying her experience with a wide variety of chamber music.
Mary Ella House has been an avid member of Denver ‘s musical community for several decades. Having started to play violin at age 6 and viola at age 15, she went on to earn an undergraduate degree in music education from Colorado State University and a masters degree in viola performance from the University of Denver.
Over the course of her career she has performed with several chamber ensembles, the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Ballet. She has served as principle violist with the Centennial Orchestra and the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra with which she has toured internationally. She has also been hired to perform with such luminaries as Smoky Robinson, Ray Charles, Charo, and John Denver.
After her recent move to Ouray , Colorado , Mary Ella is continuing to teach and perform with the Grand Junction Symphony, the Valley Symphony and the Chameleon Ensemble.