Pennsylvania born musician Marybeth Kern is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist and composer with a driving passion for film scores and jazz. Her active music career has allowed her to perform at various venues throughout the country including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Nokia Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the American Music Theatre. In addition, Emmy award winning “HitRECord On TV” has used a variety of Marybeth’s compositions, arrangements and recordings for it’s first two seasons on air. Most recently she can be found playing clarinet for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Impossible Dream” mini documentary used in conjunction with Sony Pictures to promote his latest film, “The Walk.”
Prior to pursuing her music career in New York City, Marybeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a college recognized by Downbeat Magazine as having one of the best jazz programs in the country. There she studied under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kjos and Dr. Jeremy Justeson, both award winning musicians and instructors.
Marybeth’s musical inspiration comes from award winning composers and musicians such as Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, Alan Sylvestri, Dan Higgins, Cannonball Adderley and David Sanborn. Her teachers included Broadway musicians Allen Won and Adam Kolker, the legendary LA studio recording artist Dan Higgins and the most recorded and imitated saxophonist of all time, David Sanborn. Because of her training over many genres, Marybeth has performed in a wide variety of musical situations, including Cirque Productions, Central Park’s Summer Stage Series, The New York Jazzharmonic, and SONY promotional ad’s.