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Navo Trio

NAVO Trio combines the virtuosic talents of three internationally recognized musicians with careers that have taken them throughout North America, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia both as soloists and chamber musicians. Friends and collaborators since 2013, oboist Margaret Marco, violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Ellen Sommer formed NAVO Trio to research and promote music by female and nonbinary composers. The Trio has recently been awarded a grant from the Barlow Foundation to commission a new work from acclaimed Chinese Canadian composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. Recent highlights include a performance at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, and the recording of a debut CD featuring the world premieres of compositions by Annie Guzzo, Alice Ho, Alex Shapiro, and Althea Talbot-Howard. The musicians of NAVO Trio are passionate advocates for diversity and innovation in music. 

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NAVO 022223B Talbot Howard

NAVO 022223B Talbot Howard


International Double Reed Society Conference, Bangkok, Thailand

July 17-19, 2023

NAVO Main Series

April 13, 2024

Sandzen Gallery Guest Artists Series

April 14, 2024

Topeka Library Guest Artists Series

May 12, 2024

The New Trio

By Rick Hellman

KU News Service

LAWRENCE – Based in the Kansas City area and taking its name from the Indo-Persian word for “new” and the Uzbek word for “music” or “melody,” the NAVO arts organization is focused on the new and the international. Now the new NAVO Trio, featuring two University of Kansas School of Music faculty members and one former member, is looking both forward and backward in time to bring overlooked music by women and nonbinary composers to the light of the concert hall and recordings...

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Margaret Marco is Professor of Oboe at the University of Kansas School of Music and principal oboist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. She began her professional career as the principal oboist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo in Venezuela. Since then, her many solo, chamber and orchestral performances have taken her to a variety of prestigious international venues around the world including China where she performed and presented master classes at the venerated Central and China Conservatories in Beijing. She served as Chair of the distinguished IDRS Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition from 2009-2017. A strong advocate for new music, Margaret received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Mu Phi Epsilon to perform and record solo and chamber works by American composers. She can be heard on Naxos Records with the KU Wind Ensemble performing Copland’s Quiet City as solo English hornist and on Navona Records performing works by Ingrid Stölzel and Juliana Hall. Her other recordings include Hidden Gems: Oboe Sonatas of the French Baroque; Allegresse: Music for Flute, Oboe, and Piano; and Fresh Ink: New Music for Oboe, Oboe d’amore and English Horn. In 2016 she commissioned A Siege of Herons for oboe d’amore and strings by Forrest Pierce, which she premiered with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra where she also serves as principal oboist. The recipient of a grant from the University of Kansas, she recorded two chamber works by the Ecuadorian composer Luis Humberto Salgado also for Naxos. Her teachers include Ray Still, Grover Schiltz, Mark Weiger and Nancy Ambrose King and she holds degrees from Northwestern University (BM), The University of Iowa (MME), and the University of Illinois (DMA). 

Described as a violinist with 'chops to burn, and rock solid musicianship' (The Whole Note, Toronto), Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and music educator. An avid contemporary music performer, she has commissioned and premiered numerous works by American, Brazilian, and Canadian composers, and has worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Heinz Holliger, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Her debut CD of solo works by Boulez, Donatoni, and Lutoslawski was praised as a display of “outstanding violin playing” and “stunning [performance] with amazing technique”. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Indaiatuba (Brazil). She recorded for the labels of Radio-Canada, Parma, Centrediscs, Naxos, and Pheromone among others. Véronique Mathieu holds the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music at the University of Saskatchewan where she serves as an Associate Professor of Violin. She previously served on the faculty at State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, and the University of Kansas. 


Pianist Ellen R. Sommer is an internationally acclaimed collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and coach. She is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Kansas where she teaches collaborative piano. She performs regularly with faculty, visiting artists, and students.  From 1994-2003 Ms. Sommer taught at Missouri Western State University, both as piano and voice faculty.  In addition, she serves as pianist/coach for the William Jewell College Vocal Artist Diploma program. She can be heard on numerous professional recordings, including five on Potenza Music and Albany Records. Recent appearances include a chamber recital performance at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture in Malibu, California, with Maria Newman, Scott Hosfeld and instrumentalists from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and a series of concerts and master classes in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Universidad de Costa Rica, and Casa de la musica in Quito, Ecuador. She has a distinguished career as a recital pianist for artists such as Pierre Gennison, Demondrae Thurman, Alex Klein, Carol Jantsch, Misa Mead, and Joyce Castle and collaborated with choral conductor, Simon Carrington of the King’s Singers from 1998-2004.       




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