Mackenzie Brauns, bassoon and Lillia Woolschlager, piano


  • Paul Jeanjean (1874-1928) - Prelude and Scherzo (1911) (10’)
  • I. Andante Espressivo
  • II. Allegretto scherzando
  • Amanda Harberg (b. 1973) - Bassoon Sonata (2021) (15’)
  • I. Introduction and Toccata
  • II. Andante
  • III. Scherzo
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) - Ciranda Das Sete Notas, W325 (1933) (11’)

Bassoonist Mackenzie Brauns is an active performer throughout the Midwest and beyond. Mackenzie is a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Principal Bassoon of the Evansville Philharmonic, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Mackenzie has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, West Virginia Symphony and many others.

A founding member of Cleveland Wind Trio, Mackenzie is an avid chamber musician. Cleveland Wind Trio has rapidly expanded its performance calendar across Ohio and multiple states, including the National Music Festival Resonance concert series in Chestertown, Maryland and the Third Place MusicFest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2022, Mackenzie became a member of the Sapphire Wind Quintet, a Chicago based all-female wind quintet dedicated to the performance of female composers.

Mackenzie has also performed as a soloist with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015 and won prizes in the 2013 Cincinnati Three Arts Scholarship Competition and the 2011 Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition.

Mackenzie received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the instruction of William Winstead, and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Barrick Stees. Mackenzie has also attended the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Round Top Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Festival Napa Valley and the National Orchestral Institute.

Lillia Woolschlager attended the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, studying with oboist Dr. Anna Hendrickson and pianist Dr. François Germaine. She obtained a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Oboe Performance and Musical Studies with a piano pedagogy concentration. During the summer of 2016, Lillia was accepted to the Banff Masterclasses for Winds and Strings in Alberta, Canada where she studied for three weeks with oboist Alex Klein. After graduating from the Crane School, she moved to Chicago to study with Alex Klein at DePaul University. Here she obtained her Master of Music Degree in Oboe Performance, while accompanying her peers on piano in recitals and chamber music performances.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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