Keith Karns

NTT Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Music

503-838-8541 | karnsk@wou.edu
APSC 221

Personal Website

At WOU since

09/16/2018

Hobbies

Hiking, Boating, Fly Fishing

Hometown

North Pole, Alaska

Favorite book/movie

Film: Once Upon a Time In The West Fiction: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Non Fiction: Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise

Office Hours

MonTuesWedsThursFri
NoonNoonNoonNoonNoon
By Appointment

Course schedule

Winter 2020
CRNCourseTitleTimesLocation
20983 MUP300 NON-JURIED - --- ---
20915 MUP425 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20813 MUP405 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20807 MUP105 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20775 MUEN362 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH 108
21759 MUS399 SS: BEGINNING JAZZ IMPROV MWF 1200-1250 SH 108
20776 MUEN363 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH 108
20809 MUP305 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20796 MUP205 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20799 MUP605 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20731 MUS250 CONCERT ATTENDANCE R 1100-1150 --- ---
20788 MUEN562 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH 108
20902 MUP125 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20789 MUEN563 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH 108
21281 MUS405 SENIOR SEMINAR R 0800-1050 SH 123
20909 MUP325 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20865 MUP225 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20757 MUEN162 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH 108
21254 MUP625 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20758 MUEN163 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH 108

Education

B.M. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Trumpet Performance
M.M. Indiana University, Jazz Studies
D.M.A. University of North Texas, Jazz Studies/Brass Pedagogy

Professional experience

Keith Karns is a trumpet player, arranger, and bandleader based in Portland Oregon. Keith was a trumpet soloist and arranger for the Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Since then, Keith has had the opportunity to work with some of the nation's leading voices in jazz including Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, Lauren Sevian (Mingus Big Band), The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Benny Golson, and Stefon Harris.

Keith's 18 piece big band has toured nationally and has recorded two CDs of Keith's original compositions and arrangements. Keith has been been the recipient of awards from American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Downbeat Magazine, and the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Keith's most recent big band recording was a collaboration with New York City saxophonist Rich Perry, and was released on Summit Records in 2017 to rave reviews.

Keith is the Director of Jazz Studies at Western Oregon University where he teaches courses in jazz, applied trumpet, brass pedagogy, and chamber music. He is also the Artistic Coordinator for the Jazz Program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Keith is also an active classical trumpet soloist and chamber musician. He performs regularly with his brass quintet, the Tarnished Brass, and has been invited to perform recitals at universities in Alaska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington. 

Keith's teachers include David Baker, Bill Adam, John Murphy, Robert Baca, John Harbaugh, Jay Saunders, and Rich DeRosa. Keith is a Torpedo Bags performing artist and uses Torpedo Bags to transport and protect all of his trumpets.




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