The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Borealis Brass have announced the appointment of ITG member Dr. Karen Gustafson as Assistant Professor of Trumpet. Previously on faculty at Oklahoma City University, her 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. Gustafson serves as guest artist in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and artist-in-residence at the “Music from Greer” Chamber Music Festival in Greer, Arizona, during the summers and has recently performed at 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. Karen 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 .
The Borealis Brass Trio was formed in 1994 to present performances of brass trio literature and to commission works for this idiom. The group is comprised of UAF Faculty Karen Gustafson - trumpet, Jane Aspnes - horn, and James Bicigo - trombone. To date this ensemble has had works commissioned by composers such as Frank Mantooth, Henry Wolking, Katia Tiutiunnik, Elizabeth Raum, Emma Lou Diemer, Curtis Olson and others. Since its creation Borealis Brass has performed throughout the state of Alaska as well as for state officials and governors. It also performs regularly in national and international venues, including, recently, such places as Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the Northwest MENC Conference in Portland, Oregon. The 2004-2005 concert season is the tenth anniversary of Borealis Brass and promises many gala events including performances in Hawaii and Italy as well as throughout Alaska. The Borealis Brass is a Yamaha Performing Ensemble.
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