Topic: Felix Kraus

Arrangements for Felix are pending at this time.  Condolences can be sent to his wife, Marcia Kraus at:

1773 Middlehurst Drive
Cleveland Heights, Ohio   44118

Felix died this morning, December 14th; he was 76 years old.  He had been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra for 41 years, from 1963 to 2004.  He also served as the recording quality control representative and he was intimately involved in producing many of the Orchestra's recordings.

Thanks to Carol Lee Iott, personnel manager of the Cleveland Orchestra for sending this news.

Dan Stolper

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I accidently deleted Dan's first post saying that Felix had passed away.  I apologize.


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Thank you for forwarding this information to all of us.  I studied with Felix Kraus in the early 70s.  It was so sad to hear of his passing.  Sometimes we think our teachers will live forever.  Felix Kraus was the most patient teacher and I owe a lot to him for leading me in a better direction on the oboe.  I had one year in college as a music major and was getting very discouraged about the oboe.  I almost thought I'd switch to a different major.  When the University of Akron said they were going to bring in the 2nd oboist from the Cleveland Orchestra to teach oboe I immediately thought I was going to embarrass myself playing the oboe for him but Felix Kraus was so polite, so helpful, and explained things in a way that I could finally understand.  He was a wonderful musician/teacher and was so humble about it.  I still hear his voice when I'm working on a difficult passage or when I teach.

Oboe, English horn:  Amarillo Symphony, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, Shepherd's Trio
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"Ever notice how orchestra pits shrink through the run of a show?"

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Article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: … amp;coll=2

Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Principal Bassoon, Winston-Salem Symphony
Bassoon, Zéphyros Winds
Associate Editor,