Biography

Minnesota conductorMarlene Pauley’s passion for music is palpable in the education concerts she designed for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s nationally recognized CONNECT Program. The success of those concerts led to an offer to conduct the orchestra’s Family Concert Series.  By 2002 it became their best selling series. Innovative programming and commanding stage presence have made her a favorite on both sides of the podium.

Currently, Marlene is Music Director of Wayzata Symphony Orchestra.  This season, Pauley will conduct the showcase concert for the Young Artist World Piano Festival and will be guest conductor for the Lakes Area Chamber Orchestra Festival.  Pauley has conducted concerts for Rochester (NY) Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, Grand Teton Music Festival (Jackson Hole WY), Virginia Arts Festival and for the Pro Musica Series in Kansas City. In 2007, Pauley conducted the premiere of Pocahontas, an opera written to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.

As clarinetist, Marlene Pauley performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 20 years, frequently featured as soloist and performer on the SPCO’s Chamber Music Series.

Pauley received a Bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College and Master’s degree from Michigan State University, Pauley toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra as clarinet soloist and assistant conductor.  At the invitation of Prime Minister Edward Seaga, she established and was conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica..

As clarinet soloist and clinician, Pauley has presented recitals and master classes throughout the country and premiered works by Libby Larsen, Henk Badings, William Wallace, Daniel Kallman and Gregory Sanders. She has performed and recorded with the Minnesota Orchestra and has been principal clarinetist of Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Her performances have been heard on many NPR broadcasts.  Marlene has held faculty positions at Crane School of Music, Arkansas State University, Jamaica School of Music and the College of St. Benedict.  Pauley has served as Artistic Director of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) and is founder and conductor of the Halama Wind Octet.

During the summer months Marlene performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival In Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Pauley and her husband, Glen, have a daughter, Elsa.