Bassoonist Mackenzie Brauns is an active performer throughout the Midwest and beyond. Mackenzie is Principal Bassoon of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Mackenzie has also performed with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
A founding member of Cleveland Wind Trio, Mackenzie is an active chamber musician. Mackenzie has also performed as a soloist with the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015 and has won prizes in the 2013 Cincinnati Three Arts Competition and the 2011 Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition.
Mackenzie received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the instruction of William Winstead and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Barrick Stees. Mackenzie has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Round Top Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Festival Napa Valley, and the National Orchestral Institute.