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. She can be found playing clarinet for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Impossible Dream” mini documentary used in conjunction with Sony Pictures to promote his film, “The Walk.” She is currently a member of The New York Jazzharmonic, and recently appeared in the national LG V20 commercial, "Everyday, Spectacular" playing baritone sax and clarinet.
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 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.
"Saxophonist Marybeth Kern (USA) strolls through the show like a wandering minstrel making merrily magical music with her sexy saxophone, producing amazing riffs and hauntingly soulful musical memories."
-Buzz Bellmont, The Houston Chronicle"An energetic, varied score accompanies the performances featuring vocal performance by the reporter and incredible saxophone solos by Marybeth Kern."
-Kara Pohlkamp, BroadwayWorld.com"Marybeth Kern's moaning saxophone emits waves of seduction."
-Bradley Troll, The Times-Picayune"What makes this production special is the work of the 26 performers and the brilliant saxophone playing by Marybeth Kern."
-Alan Bresloff, Chicago Critic"Musically, it's saxophonist Marybeth Kern as a street musician who steals the show."
-Philip Potempa, Northwest Indiana Times"Another standout number is when AMT veteran Wess Cooke sings Billy Joel's moody "New York State of Mind," accompanied by Marybeth Kern, who steps down from the orchestra dais to blow a bluesy saxophone. Joel would be impressed."
-Larry Alexander, Lancaster Online