U.S. Air Force Band member to perform recital Feb. 5

January 29, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — United States Air Force Band member Carolyn Braus will perform a solo saxophone recital at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, in Esber Recital Hall. Her program includes works of the late 20th century and early 21st century by Dorothy Chang, Arvo Pärt and William Albright. She is joined by pianist Molly D. Orlando, a faculty member at George Washington University. Admission is free.


Renewing the Myth - Marilyn Shrude

Escape Wisconsin (2006) - Caleb Burhans

New Stories (2013) - Dorothy Chang

Fratres - Arvo Pärt, arranged by Carolyn Braus

Sonata - William Albright

Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Carolyn Braus received her bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from North Dakota State University and her master’s degree from Arizona State University. From 2015 to 2016, Carolyn performed as the baritone saxophonist in the Capitol Quartet before assuming her current position as the baritone saxophonist in the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

​As a chamber musician, Braus was a finalist in the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Saxophone Quartet Competition, and the 2012 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. She was awarded second place in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, she was the winner of the 2013 North Dakota State University Concerto Competition and a finalist in the 2014 NASA Solo Competition. Carolyn has performed as a recital soloist and with numerous big bands and popular music groups in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, and she has shared the stage with artists Benny Golson, Ralph Alessi, Ingrid Jensen, Lewis Nash, and the Temptations.

Pianist Molly D. Orlando is recognized as a soloist, collaborator, teacher and adjudicator throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and beyond. Praised by the Washington Post for her "great style" and performance of parts that are "searching" and "edgy," Orlando is equally at home in traditional as well as brand-new repertoire. An advocate for new music, she is the pianist for the D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble, and she has performed numerous world premieres by composers including Timothy Dusenbury, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis and John Elmquist. She recently performed as the soloist in the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s piano concerto "The Curse of Sophistication."

Also an experienced teacher, Orlando has served on the faculties of numerous summer music festivals and has given masterclasses throughout the Mid-Atlantic. She currently serves as a member of the faculty of George Washington University and owns and operates Opal Music Studio in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

A native of southwestern Pennsylvania, Orlando received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Catholic University of America. Recent performances include collaborations with members of the Washington National Opera, the USAF Band, and the Atlantic Reed Consort.

  • Carolyn Braus

    Carolyn Braus, saxophone

    IMAGE: Penn State
  • Molly Orlando

    Molly D. Orlando, piano

    IMAGE: Penn State
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