Youth Orchestras

With a strong background in music education, Karen is passionate about working with youth ensembles. Karen has created a score study programme to accompany orchestral courses where she presents and teaches the score to players in advance of rehearsals. The aim of this is to discover the themes, the structure, the characters and to bring the music to life before they join the orchestra and help the players discover the full piece, not just their part. Karen has presented this programme to Youth Orchestras in the USA, UK and Ireland at both school, university and national youth orchestra level, most notably, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, West of England Youth Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra and London Schools Symphony Orchestra.


Are you a musician looking for advice on your career, someone who is interested in conducting and doesn’t know where to start or someone who isn’t sure what is next for them? Are you applying for graduate programs and don’t know where to start?

Karen provides bespoke mentoring for every situation. Most recently she has helped students prepare their materials for applications with several securing auditions at the top conservatoires worldwide, she has also prepped mentees for interviews, job applications and navigating their professional lives.


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Our body is our instrument, we must protect it, our mind and make sure both are strong and resilient. A conductor is there to guide and lead through trust, collaboration and communication.

Teaching conducting at any level for any ensemble (vocal or instrumental), this is Karen’s philosophy.

Would you like 1:1 or group lessons? Contact Karen for more information.

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