Karin is active as a performing cellist, accompanist, private teacher, coach, Sistema
teacher and adjudicator. She studied for her Bachelor and Master of Cello Performance
at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA), Indiana University, and
Brandon University. While at PCPA, studying for her Masters Degree in cello,
she was appointed piano accompanist for the opera department.
After holding the position of principal cello of the Windsor Symphony and Cartier
String Quartet, Karin returned to her home town of Winnipeg. She was Principal Cello of Musik Barock for 20
years and has performed frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO),
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Theatre for Young People
(including a tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa), Royal Winnipeg Ballet,
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. As a member of the
Keystone String Quartet, she presented educational concerts in Winnipeg
Elementary schools for 20 years. Karin has enjoyed working with such diverse
performers as Anne Murray, Sarah Brightman, Rod Stewart, Eagle and Hawk, and JP
Hoe, as well as tour runs of Phantom of
the Opera and Les Misérables.
The Allegra Strings, Karin's versatile quarter, performs frequently for weddings,
receptions and private functions. The group is flexible and can be hired as a
solo (with or without piano), string duo, trio, or quartet.
As an accompanist, Karin works most frequently (but not exclusively) with string
students, guiding them safely through the pitfalls and pratfalls of performance
at festivals, recitals, auditions, and exams. Her knowledge of string technique
(having also studied violin and double bass) is of additional benefit to the
students trying to find their best in performance. A highlight for Karin as an accompanist
was a recital with former WSO principal bass Eric Hansen at the University of Winnipeg
which was recorded by CBC for local broadcast.
Karin is an enthusiastic teacher with a large private studio of cello and piano
students aged 6 -80! Lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each
student. Many of her students have distinguished themselves in local festivals
and competitions, several of them having gone on to receive their Bachelors and
Masters of Music Performance (often with scholarships).
This year Karin has offered a new opportunity for her cello students – regular
ensemble sessions, culminating in a half hour performance at the year-end
recital. In this group setting all levels and ages of players can enjoy
performing without the stress of being 'solo'. Karin has also coached string
groups at the University of Manitoba (UofM) chamber music/ orchestra camp and
the International Peace Gardens Music Camp. She has adjudicated competitions
for the UofM Faculty of Music and Prep Department, The Manitoba Conservatory of
Music and Arts, and the Winnipeg Youth Orchestras.
For the past three years, Karin has been privileged to be cello instructor for the
Sistema Program at King Edward Community School. This Inner-City School
Program, sponsored by the WSO and Winnipeg School Division One, is free to
students and has as its aim using music as a means to facilitate social change
through enriching the lives of children. Please see the WSO website (www.sistemawinnipeg.ca)for more interesting
information on this program.