Mark DeMio received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He performs frequently with the Cleveland Orchestra including tours and recordings on both bassoon and contrabassoon. He also performs with Kent State University’s Black Squirrel Winds, Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Chamber Players, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Blossom Festival Band and the Blossom Festival Orchestra. As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mark DeMio had studied extensively with the fine bassoonists of the Cleveland Orchestra; Principal George Goslee, Assistant Principal Ronald Phillips, Second Bassoonist Phillip Austin and Contrabassoonist Stanley Maret.
Mr. DeMio balances a busy performance and teaching freelance lifestyle. He is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music (secondary bassoon), Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the H.A. Glauser School of Music of Kent State University, as well as being faculty in the preparatory department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Music Settlement and Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School.
The fine art of reed making is a specialty of Mr. DeMio’s, which he began learning in the earliest years of his study with the Cleveland Orchestra bassoonists, and subsequently with other great bassoon players.