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This profile was last updated on 2/4/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Journal Gazette/Times-Courier Online
www.jg-tc.com, 4 Feb 2005 [cached]
Thomas LeVeck retires from quartet he created a decade agoJournal Gazette/Times-Courier Online
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Thomas LeVeck retires from quartet he created a decade ago
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Thomas LeVeck retires from quartet he created a decade ago
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Thomas LeVeck will continue to perform and teach, but he will no longer play in the string quartet he created a decade ago.Ken Trevarthan/Staff Photographer
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After 10 years, LeVeck has decided to retire from performing with the LeVeck String Quartet.The quartet's performance schedule is a demanding one, which prevents LeVeck from visiting with family and pursuing other interests.
"I felt it was time to restructure my life," LeVeck said."I've been thinking about all the things I want to do."
Although LeVeck, who has spent 35 years in music, is retiring from the quartet, he will continue to perform and pursue his greatest love - teaching others the joy of playing the violin.
"I want to teach more," LeVeck said."Teaching comes naturally to me."
LeVeck's life has never been without music.Growing up in Detroit, LeVeck's father was a piano teacher.LeVeck entered the military and performed with the U.S. Military Academy String quartet which played a total of 45 works in 200 concerts in three years.LeVeck later performed for 22 years in symphony orchestras of Dallas and St. Louis.
In 1994, LeVeck, longing to play in a quartet again, resigned from the St. Louis Symphony.
LeVeck teamed up with Coles County musicians violist Elaine Fine, violinist Terry Coulton and cellist Susan Anderson, and the LeVeck String Quartet was formed.
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"My first love is quartet playing," LeVeck said."How many people can leave a job and have a job like the LeVeck String Quartet to take the place of it," LeVeck said.
LeVeck and Fine agreed no individual is credited with creating the idea for the quartet.
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LeVeck, who had once been Fine's teacher, contacted her to see if she would like to play some music.
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LeVeck said each member is not only a talented musician but has talents beyond music which added to the success of the quartet.
Throughout the years, their performances have included weddings, the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern, Lake Land College, where they were artist-in-residence, public libraries and a performance for WTTW public television in Chicago.
But the performance LeVeck remembers well, and can now laugh at, was early in the quartet's career.They were scheduled to perform twice at the Paris Community Center.
"We had a 1992 van and on the arm rest was a button that locked all the doors," LeVeck said.
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LeVeck searched under the van hoping to find an extra set of keys but his search was in vain.
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"We've developed as a quartet," LeVeck said."You get used to playing with each other and people have certain traits.They wiggle their eyebrow to alert of a tempo coming in. It's kind of like getting to know your wife but there are four people involved instead of one."
And the time it takes to study the music and then rehearse the pieces is reminiscent of a marriage for the quartet players.
"It takes literally hundreds of hours to prepare for a concert," LeVeck said.
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Over the years, Lebovitz and LeVeck have struck up a friendship as Lebovitz attended the quartet's concerts.
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LeVeck described the quartet's fans as dedicated.
"I am very appreciative of the people who supported us," LeVeck said."We had a real core audience of people who loved our music."
LeVeck, who teaches at Millikin University in Decatur, will perform in a faculty recital at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Kaeuper Hall at Millikin's campus.
Herald & Review Newspaper Website - Decatur, Illinois
www.herald-review.com, 17 Aug 2004 [cached]
Tara Maguire, a student at St. Teresa High School, receives incisive instruction in violin technique from Thomas LeVeck, a professor of Violin in the preparatory department at Millikin University.
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LeVeck is teaching the advanced classes at Fall Prelude for Strings, a weeklong orchestra camp at Millikin University for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Students study in master classes and take part in chamber music ensembles and orchestra.It's a chance for music students to play in groups and meet other musicians.
"Musicians are kind of codependent," LeVeck said with a grin.
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"It's an awful thing to do to a kid, inspiring a love for music," LeVeck quipped, but when two of his students came to him and asked if they could play a violin duet instead of taking their scheduled break, he bubbled over with enthusiasm and immediately began digging through the sheet music for something they could try.
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