CWSO Announces Interim Executive Director

June 20, 2018

CWSO Announces Interim Executive Director
Stevens Point, WI  (June 20, 2018) – The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Mara Prausa as Interim Executive Director, who will begin her duties on Monday, June 25, and replaces retiring Executive Director Ann Huntoon.
Mara is an active collaborative pianist, music educator and arts advocate in Central Wisconsin.  A product of the UW school system, she received a bachelor’s degree in Music/Piano from UW-Stevens Point and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from UW-Milwaukee.  She studied under Michael Keller, Judit Jaimes, Katja Phillabaum and Jeffry Peterson.
Mara has wide experience teaching many different facets of music:  Music Appreciation and Class Piano at UW-Stevens Point, private piano and composition at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, World Music at Globe University, and general music at John Muir and Horace Mann Middle Schools.  She loves participating in music outreach programs. She toured inner- city Milwaukee schools with Skylight Opera Company and also travelled throughout the Midwest performing with Opera for the Young.  Mara has played for the Milwaukee Ballet Company, numerous choirs and ensembles and regularly accompanies faculty, student, and guest artist recitals at UW-Stevens Point.  She has held the position of Vice President of Conventions with Wisconsin Music Teachers’ Association and Program Director at the Wausau Conservatory of Music.
“We are thrilled with the selection of Mara,” states CWSO board president Sue Buck. “She brings a wide array of skills and talent to make for a smooth transition.”
The CWSO ‘s mission is to enrich, engage, and educate through the power and performance of live music. The regional orchestra is celebrating 70 years at the heart of the vibrant arts and cultural life of Central Wisconsin. The CWSO offices are in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum at 800 Main Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The CWSO is affiliated with the College of Fine Arts & Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts.

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