Mary Oleskiewicz, PhD

Mary Oleskiewicz is a professor of music and music program director in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has served on the UMass Boston faculty since 2001 and has served as guest professor at the University of the Arts (Berlin, Germany); Duke University; Queens College (CUNY); and as professor of flute at the University of South Dakota. Between 1998 and 2001, she held the post of curator of musical instruments at the National Music Museum. She is an authority on music at the 18th-century court of the Prussian King Frederick “the Great” and her musicological and performing expertise also extends to music of Latin America and the Caribbean. Oleskiewicz has performed, lectured, and given master classes throughout Europe and North America, Japan, Australia, and Mexico. She is currently principal flutist of Newton Baroque and is regularly featured as a contributor to Flutist Quarterly and the Dutch Flute Society’s Fluit. Her book, Bach Perspectives vol. 11: J.S. Bach and His Sons for the American Bach Society, was commissioned by the American Bach Society and published by University of Illinois Press in 2017. Oleskiewicz is the recipient of several multi-year fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2006-2008) and the German Academic Exchange Service, allowing her to reside for extensive periods in Germany, Russia, and elsewhere to research, edit, and record. She is also a three-time recipient of the University of Massachusetts’ Joseph P. Healey Award.