Mary Beth Malek is principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras. She also performs with Canton and Wheeling Symphonies and with Civic Light Opera. She teaches privately and at the University of Pittsburgh and West Liberty State College. Her education is from Northwestern University and from the Eastman School of Music. Mary Beth studied for two years in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar.
She is an active teacher and performer in the Pittsburgh area. She is the principal clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras. She also performs regularly with the Civic Light Opera, Gateway to the Arts, extra with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Canton Symphony and Wheeling Symphony.
She performs regularly with her woodwind trio, Ariplay. Mary Beth currently teaches saxophone and clarinet at West Liberty College in WV, and has maintained a private studio for 20 years. She has served on the faculties of Indiana University of PA, University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill University.
Her training comes from Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mary Beth spent two years studying in Vienna, Austria with the principal clairnetist from the Vienna Philharmonic, Horst Hajek. Other teachers include: Larry Combs, CSO; George Silfies, St. Louis Symphony; Stanley Hastey, and Charles Neidich.