Meridian Star


September 8, 2013

Principal players ...

Those who lead instrument groups of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra


MERIDIAN — Marcos Machado, Double Bass, Principal

    Marcos Machado enjoys an international career as concert artist, teacher and chamber musician. He has been a sturdy anchor for the Double Bass section of the MSO, having been its Principal for the last decade.

    A native of Brazil, Marcos is the only South American to have earned both teaching and performance diplomas from L’Institut International de Contrebasse de Paris, where he studied with renowned double bassist Francois Rabbath.

    At USM in Hattiesburg, Machado teaches classical double bass, chamber music and jazz studies, and is director of the Southern Miss Bass Symposium. He has an active performing schedule, touring in the States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, and South America. He participates in classical and jazz festivals during winter and summer breaks — in the USA and in South America.

    Worthy of mention are world premiere of Barbarosa’s “Concert for Double Bass”(dedicated to Marcos), the world premiere of Proto’s “Sonata”, and the South American premiere of Proto’s “Carmen Fantasy” and “Nine Variants on Paganini”.

    Marcos and his family reside in Hattiesburg.


Patricia Malone, Principal Oboist

    With more than 20 years as a member of the MSO, Patrician Malone has the distinction of playing the “A” note that tunes the orchestra immediately before the concertmaster and conductor enter for the initiation of each concert.

    A native of Dallas, Texas, Malone's love and dedication to the oboe began in seventh grade. She received her bachelor of music degree at Baylor University in Waco, a master of music degree from Cincinnati College Conservatory, and a doctor of music degree from Florida State University. She recently retired from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she taught oboe and music theory for 26 years.

    An active orchestral performer in addition to teaching, Malone is also Principal Oboe in the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Opera, and in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Orchestra.

    Malone's husband, Mark, is currently choral director at William Carey University. Adding to this musical heritage is Meagan, a pianist with a minor in music at Millsap’s, and son, Drew who was a trombonist at Oak Grove High School. Malone plays a bit of piano, but lists cross-stitching as a real hobby. “Q-tip” and “Molly” are cats of significance in the Malone household.

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