new artslandia profile: karen wagner, assistant principal oboe

“Karen Wagner, assistant principal oboe for the Oregon Symphony since 1999, could teach a masterclass on making reeds if she weren’t so busy making music and training young musicians at her private studio. She’s performed with 45th Parallel, Helios Camerata, Arcturus Quintet, Chamber Music Northwest, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra. For the past 17 seasons, she has also served as principal oboe with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Her education includes a bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the better part of a master’s at the University of Southern California. Before joining the Oregon Symphony, she was with the Louisville Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.”

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