Karen M. Kelland, a native of New Jersey, received her Bachelor and Master
of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied both bassoon
and piano, the former under the tutelage of Harold Goltzer of the New York
Philharmonic. She attended Juilliard on scholarship, and went on to win
several other scholarships and fellowships.
She has played principal, as well as assistant principal, for many
major orchestras and chamber groups. She has recorded on the Silver-Burdett,
Dorian, and E.M.I. labels, and has performed on television and radio (including
National Public Radio), in off-Broadway productions, and at private
parties including various Embassies and for Vice President Cheney. She has
appeared numerous times at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin
Hall, and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. She has travelled throughout
the world with various orchestral groups, including Europe, the Soviet
Union, China, the Near East, Africa, Iceland, and Central America. She has
performed in most of the major European concert halls, including La Scala
and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Ms. Kelland is available on a freelance basis to play principal or
assistant principal bassoon with orchestras or chamber groups, in concerts,
operas, or private parties, in the New Jersey, New York, or Connecticut
tri-state area. She is a member of Locals 802 and 16.
Karen takes special pride in teaching both bassoon and piano to
her students, several of whom have gone on to study music in college, some
on scholarship. Karen has extensive teaching experience, and works well with
novice to advanced students, both children and adults. Ms. Kelland is
available to undertake new students, no matter their age or level, to teach
bassoon, piano, and clarinet. She teaches in her own residence, or her
students' home, in the counties of Essex, Union, Hudson,
Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and
Somerset, New Jersey. References from former or current students will be
furnished upon request.