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CWSO announces interim executive director

Metro Wire Staff

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra has announced an interim director will begin her duties on June 25.

Mara Prausa was named to the position this week. She replaces outgoing Director Ann Huntoon, who is retiring.

Prausa is an “active collaborative pianist, music educator and arts advocate” across the region, according to a press release from CWSO.  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.

Prausa has taught 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, the release said.

She toured inner-city Milwaukee schools with Skylight Opera Company and also traveled throughout the Midwest performing with Opera for the Young. Prausa has played for the Milwaukee Ballet Company, numerous choirs, and ensembles and regularly accompanies faculty, student, and guest artist recitals at UW-Stevens Point.

Previously, Prausa was vice president of Conventions with Wisconsin Music Teachers’ Association and program director at the Wausau Conservatory of Music.

“She brings a wide array of skills and talent to make for a smooth transition, said Sue Buck, CWSO board president. “We are thrilled with the selection of Mara.”

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 office is located in the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum at 800 Main St. and is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 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.