Karen discovered the trumpet when she was twelve and became highly involved in the elementary and high school band programs.  In her second year of post-secondary studies, Karen double-majored in piano and trumpet.  Although she chose to focus on piano after transferring to UBC in 2010, she continued trumpet lessons for the rest of her Bachelor studies.  Karen’s teachers were Steve Woodyard, Martin Berinbaum, and Alan Matheson.  She performed in the Capilano Wind Ensemble, UBC Concert Winds, UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and many other university chamber groups. From 2007-09, Karen led a brass quintet, which performed in the Lower Mainland and Point Roberts, WA.  She has also been a member of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, the Delta Music Makers, and has filled in on trumpet in several other community bands and orchestras.  She performs Last Post almost every Remembrance Day at a seniors’ home or somewhere else in the community and often plays for Christmas and Easter in church services. In 2013-14, she was a member of the Harburger Posaunenchor, a brass choir in Hamburg, Germany, where she played first trumpet and even wrote some arrangements for the group to perform.  During her stay in Hamburg, she helped out and performed in the Goethe-Gymnasium high school orchestra and big band too.

Currently, Karen teaches trumpet privately and offers brass/trumpet workshops to bands and schools.  Karen also has experience running sectional rehearsals as well as leading ensembles.  She runs a beginner brass quintet and is, furthermore, on faculty for the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra as conductor of the junior wind ensemble.  Moreover, Karen is often found performing trumpet in the Lower Mainland, solo or in ensembles, in church services, or for special occasions.

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