MARY CALO

BASSOON AND 

​SAXOPHONE LESSONS

​SAN DIEGO, CA

Experience

Mary Calo graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's in Bassoon Performance and from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Bassoon Performance. She hails from San Diego. While at Pacific and ASU she enjoyed performing in both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and was affiliated with the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, winning first prize in the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon Sacramento Alumni Chapter Competition. 

     An avid chamber musician, Mary attended chamber music festivals in Prague, Czech Republic and Siena, Italy. At both festivals she participated in woodwind quintets, reed trios, and duets. Her most recent chamber music ventures include performing at the 42nd International Double Reed Society Convention in the summer of 2013 with her bassoon quartet and the University of the Pacific Bassoon Ensemble. The program included John Steinmetz’s The Monster that Devoured Cleveland.


While at Pacific Mary worked for four years at the Central Valley Youth Symphony as their woodwind coach and musical librarian. She also taught lessons to college level students in the Bassoon Method's class. Mary has  taken classes in bassoon pedagogy and bassoon repertoire. She has experience teaching students of all ages and experience levels. 

       Mary freelances and performs for numerous orchestral organizations in California, including the Stockton Symphony Orchestra. One of those performances was lauded in the Stockton Record as having “crisp, rhythmic precision and an impressive dynamic range.” Other groups include the Veridian Symphony, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Dean Lesher Theater of the Arts, Fresno Grand Opera, The Village Church Community Theater, and San Diego Festival Chorus. Mary has studied with Nicolasa Kuster, Danette White, Leyla Zamora, David Wells, and Franck Lebois. She has performed in master classes by Monica Ellis, Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Benjamin Kamins, and Milan Turkovic. 



Biography

Skills

  • Woodwind Coach & Music Librarian for the Central Valley Youth Symphony

  • Librarian for the University of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra

  • Has taken classes in pegagogy and bassoon repertoire

  • Lessons in contrabassoon

  • 10+ years playing saxophone

  • Teaching

  • Teaching children with special needs

  • Performing

  • Chamber music

  • Contrabassoon 

  • Proficient on all saxophones

  • Clerical work