What aspect of your work do you enjoy the most?
I very much enjoy taking care of details so that things function smoothly for the musicians and my colleagues on the management team.
What about your work challenges you on a daily basis?
Things don’t, in fact, always function smoothly.
What do you find inspiring about your job?
The MCO’s energy and passion coupled with the highest possible artistic integrity – amazing!
The first piece of music you fell in love with:
The Vivaldi Oboe Concerto in A minor.
Which are your Desert Island Discs?
Glenn Gould – his Bach Partitas, Preludes and Fugues, and from the Emerson Quartet – their Mendelssohn recording including the Octet, Op. 20. I'll need to play that loudly, so I hope the monkeys don't mind. Brahms Requiem, in case I need solace, and from Bowie, just anything.
Karen oversees all aspects of the every growing MCO music library and also serves as Executive Assistant. She holds a B.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a M.A. from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, having trained as an oboist. In 1996 she traded a spot on the stage for a place in the audience with her permanent move from Ottawa to Berlin. She's worked to support chamber music and musicians in just about every possible circumstance, and loves the musical variety on offer in the 'Hauptstadt'.