Mary Kausek’s playing has been described as “stunningly beautiful” and “gorgeous” and as having “great flair and expression” by ClevelandClassical.com’s Robert Rollin. Mary has performed with over fifteen professional orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has performed as principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Opera Association, the Cleveland Opera Theater, and the Great Lakes Theater Company, among others. Ms. Kausek is also the english horn player of the Youngstown Symphony.
As the Fernand Gillet Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she performed 7 world premieres in celebration of the TMC’s 75th year, including works by John Williams and Bright Sheng. Other summer engagements include performances with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. In 2012, she performed across Japan with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic as a member of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. Mary has worked with such notable conductors as Fabio Luisi, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Michael Stern, Stephan Deneve, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ms. Kausek has earned degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers were Rebecca Henderson and Frank Rosenwein. In addition to her orchestral experience, Mary is the oboist and founding member of the Cleveland-based woodwind quintet, the North Coast Winds. In 2015, NCW earned second place at the Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles. NCW has founded a chamber music camp for wind quintets in grades 6-12 and is actively engaged within the community.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys cooking and exploring the food culture in Cleveland. Mary is intrigued by the juncture of music and food, and in 2013/14 she collaborated with professional chefs from the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute to create a sold-out even which paired a five-course dinner menu with orchestral works performed live by a chamber orchestra.
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CityMusic Cleveland strives for more as it approaches its 15th season Story and photography by Michael C. Butz On a sweltering and stormy evening in mid-May, the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus presented a special Saturday night service, of sorts. It was a program that typically takes place only four times a year at the […]
With generous support from the Cleveland Foundation, CityMusic Cleveland has embarked on a mission to enhance our digital footprint to more fully engage with our local communities, especially younger audiences. Our social media consultant has documented the strategy so far as a resource for other non-profits who may struggle to find the resources to devote to digital media. (link to social media resource page)