"A true virtuoso."

1986 International Autoharp Champion

2006 Autoharp Hall of Fame

2012-13 McKnight Fellow



“Karen is a skilled, articulate teacher who is both focused and goal oriented. She has the ability to help students achieve a high level of competence in a short time frame.” — Workshop student


Karen is an experienced teacher in a wide range of settings: private lessons, workshops at camps and festivals, school residencies, and school general music classes. Coming from a family where both parents were teachers, Karen has always felt a natural affinity for teaching. She first began by giving private guitar lessons at age 15, which quickly developed into teaching at a local music store throughout high school.


Since 1989, Karen has taught private lessons at two Twin Cities venues, which you may contact if interested in lessons: Homestead Pickin' Parlor in Richfield (612-861-3308) and West Bank School of Music in St. Paul (651-529-1514). She is always accepting new students of all ages and levels. Instruments include autoharp, mountain dulcimer, guitar, mandolin and ukulele, in a wide range of styles.


Karen's school work includes both special residencies in topics such as songwriting and dulcimer building, and general music classes for elementary students. Karen has studied the Orff approach to music education, which emphasizes movement, rhythm, singing, and playing instruments. She has taught ongoing classes with ages preschool through junior high in public and private schools since 1998.


For more information on Karen's workshops and school programs, write to her through the Contact page on this site.

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Coming Up

  • May 5
    Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering,  Berkeley
  • May 15
    California Autoharp Gathering,  Dunlap
  • Jun 7
    Ozark Folk Center,  Mountain View
  • Sep 7
    Folklore Village,  Dodgeville
  • Sep 23
    Seattle Autoharp Week,  Seattle