Mary Holzhausen, flutist, received her DMA in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music in May 2006. Mary received her Masters in Flute Performance at Wichita State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant under the superb instruction of Dr. Frances Shelly. While studying in Wichita, she was honored to be the recipient of two grants from the Kansas Arts Commission. The grants enabled her to study internationally with Jacques Zoon and Peter Lloyd at Oxford College in Oxford England and with Alain Marion and Emmanuel Pahud in Domaine Forget, Canada. In 2002, Mary won first prize in the first ever Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist competition.
In the year 2000-2001, Mary was a teaching artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was also active in two Chicago orchestras and as a teacher and free-lancer. From 2001-2004, Mary was a substitute flutist for the New World Symphony under the direction of Michel Tilson Thomas in Miami, Florida. Also, in the summer of 2001, Mary was one of only a few Americans asked to participate in the Kobe International Flute Competition in Kobe Japan.
After leaving Chicago, Mary began her Doctoral studies with Dr. Mary Posses at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. While studying at the Conservatory, Mary received a fellowship as a member of the Graduate Liberace Wind Quintet and was active playing principle in the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Opera Orchestra. Mary is currently arranging a book of flute quartets, composing, free-lancing and teaching her wonderful studio full of young flute and piano enthusiasts!
Jennifer Van Note Clevenger
Jennifer Van Note Clevenger, violinist, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Violin) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She studied with renowned violinist and graduate of the Julliard School, Benny Kim. Jennifer has played with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City in Parkville, Mo since 2002. She has performed with orchestras including the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonia, Des Moines Symphony, Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra and the Kansas City Puccini Arts Festival Orchestra where she was concertmaster in 2002. She freelances in the greater Kansas City music community and is a member of the Kansas City Federation of Musicians. She has participated in master classes with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg, Pamela Frank, Roland Vamos, the Orion String Quartet, the Prazac String Quartet, and the Manhattan String Quartet among others.
In addition to performing, Jennifer has taught both violin and viola in the Kansas City area since 1998, currently teaching at the Toon Shop School of Music in Prairie Village, KS and at her home. Many of her students participate in the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Olathe Youth Symphony. Ms. Clevenger also conducts violin sectionals for the Olathe NW Orchestra and has also adjudicated for the Shawnee Mission Northwest Orchestra.
Recently, Jennifer’s work in raising donations for pediatric cancer research has inspired her to volunteer her time performing with friends on the oncology floor at Children’s Mercy Hospital. When not performing or teaching, she spends her time with her husband and three children in Lenexa, KS.
Leslie Mengel, cellist, received both his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in cello performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has an extensive chamber music career, which includes an appearance on National Public Radio and an artist-in-residency program at Pennsylvania State University, with the Escher String Quartet. He was a semi-finalist in the Concours International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, France with the Kansas City Trio. Leslie joined the William Jewell faculty in 1982 teaching cello and bass and performing recitals with the William Jewell Trio until 2003. He has been a soloist for the Independence Symphony and Northland Symphony as well as a substitute with the Kansas City Symphony for the past twenty years, joining them for their 1999-2000 season.
Leslie is easily among the top freelance musicians in the Kansas City area, having played thousands of weddings over the past four decades. His most recent project is performing with his brother, violinist Dana Mengel together as the Mengel Brothers String Duo, presenting original music written by Dana. Selections from their music, a series of pieces know as “Prairie Dances” can be heard in the George Caleb Bingham exhibit at the Truman Library in Independence, MO until the exhibit closes September 8th. This summer, Leslie appears regularly at the Raphael Hotel Music Series in the Chaz Restaurant and Lounge.