We are fortunate to enjoy the support of many fine partners in our touring of this production.  

  • Wisconsin John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club 
  • Minnesota North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club 
  • Minnesota Land Trust
  • Wisconsin Friends of John Muir
  • Hartley Nature Center
  • Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
  • Beaver Creek Reserve 
  • Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center 
  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area 
  • Riveredge Nature Center 
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve 
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
  • Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
  • St. Louis River Alliance
  • Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • Urban Ecology Center 
  • Keweenaw Land Trust
  • Keweenaw National Historic Park 
  • Michigan Nature Association
  • Scottish National Heritage
  • John Muir Trust - Scotland
  • The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park - Scotland
  • Cairngorms National Park - Scotland


 Since the premiere on April 13th, 2014 we've been receiving wonderfully positive feedback from audience members and presenters alike.


 "I thought tonight was both enchanting and tantalising ……. if thats possible!  You captured the sentiment and essence of a great man and a period of history so exceptionally well. I was absorbed into every minute. Thanks to all for a great evening and I hope that you all enjoyed your Scottish debut ! Here’s to many more successes".  -Elizabeth Manley, Headmaster, Lumsden school, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I recently had the very good fortune to enjoy "The Chance Ensemble's" production "John Muir - University of the Wilderness" at the Universal Hall, Findhorn. This production wove spoken word readings from John Muir's work with sung word and beautifully crafted and  sympathetically rendered musical settings that, for me, really captured the emotional reflections and empathy that I have been lucky to experience during many ventures into the Scottish hills and mountains and I had a real sense of the gift of John Muir's legacy being brought back to us "full circle" by this ensemble from Wisconsin".  

-Letter from Robert Lambie to the John Muir Trust(partner organization in the 2015 tour in Scotland), 4/29/15

"I really enjoyed the show, and thought the music and narrative did a great job of capturing the spirit of John Muir. I've read a biography and one of John Muir's books, and learned more about his life during the performance".

- John Rebers, group leader Sierra Club/Michigan Chapter







“John Muir – University of the Wilderness” was a wonderful celebration of John Muir’s life.  The music by Chance Quartet was outstanding and provided the perfect setting for listening to the inspirational writings of John Muir. We were drawn into the hardships that Muir endured on his adventures as well as the beauty of the wilderness that he so eloquently described".  

Mayme Johnson - Program Director for the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings Minnesota




"Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Tom Mitchell and Jane Aleckson have put together a stunning, lively, and beautiful presentation around John Muir's life. Mitchell's sensitive readings combined with Cheryl and Ed's original score is delightful.  I thought I knew John Muir, but was introduced to new dimensions, particularly his love of Wisconsin.  This is a cutting edge 4-person show for people of any age".  

-Mary Rehwald, former director of the "Life Long Learning Center", Northland College, Ashland WI.





 "The Three Lakes Center for the Arts had the great joy of presenting Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah as "Chance" in our intimate little 1940s theater, and not a soul left without a smile on his face and a lasting memory of the best that music can be.

So much music suffers from sameness but "Chance" is truly unique.  The cello becomes an extension of Ed's passion, musicality and creativity.  Together Ed and Cheryl are fearless and, as a single voice, create strong, beautiful and intelligent music.

Thanks "Chance." We won't forget you!  Gay Scheffen - Artistic Director


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