Department of Music

Karen Gustafson

Associate Professor, Trumpet
Fine Arts 209
474.5004
kagustafson2@alaska.edu

Dr. Karen Gustafson is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where she teaches trumpet and conducts the Wind Symphony and Trumpet Ensemble. She is an internationally known trumpet performer and clinician having recently performed concerts and recitals in Italy, Canada, and across the United States. Other performance credits include the Bach Chamber Players of St. Paul, Minnesota Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Phantom of the Opera Orchestra (Toronto), Enid Symphony, Niagara Symphony, and the Shaw Festival Orchestra. Dr. Gustafson serves as a guest artist in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and has performed at the UNESCO World Forum on Music, the International Women's Brass Conference, the World Saxophone Congress, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. She is heard on NPR's 'Intermissions' as well as PBS and CBC Radio Canada. She has been guest soloist with several bands and orchestras in the United States and Canada and has given solo recitals in Alaska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

While an active performer, Gustafson has presented trumpet and band clinics at several universities and been on faculty at music festivals across the USA and Canada. She attended the Banff School of Fine Arts, Domaine Forget Music Academy, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Dr. Gustafson earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She has studied trumpet with Armando Ghittala, Louis Ranger, Ramon Parcells, Vincent Cichowicz, David Baldwin, and Gary Bordner, and wind band conducting with John Paynter, Jerry Luckhardt, and Craig Kirchoff.