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 2021
CRNCourseTitleTimesLocation
20505 MUP105 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20499 MUEN563 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH Lawn
20579 MUP125 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20577 MUP425 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20508 MUP405 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20487 MUEN363 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH Lawn
20792 MUS405 SENIOR SEMINAR - ONLINE CRS
20473 MUEN163 ORQUESTRA BRASIL TR 1400-1520 SH Lawn
20498 MUEN562 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH Lawn
20507 MUP305 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20578 MUP625 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20568 MUP325 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---
20486 MUEN362 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH Lawn
20509 MUP605 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20612 MUP300 NON-JURIED - --- ---
20506 MUP205 AMERICAN VERNACULAR STUDIES - --- ---
20472 MUEN162 WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA MWF 1500-1550 SH Lawn
20575 MUP225 INSTRUMENTAL - --- ---

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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