Karen Gourlay

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Biography

Job Title: Head of Junior LCoM and Short Courses

Karen initially studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, she continued her studies at the University of Leeds and has a first class honours degree in music. She was awarded a distinction for the MMus in composition, and she studied with Sam Hayden, Martin Watkins, and most influentially, Philip Wilby. She has just completed MSc at the University of Huddersfield in Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research project looked at how instrumental teachers can use technology to support teaching and learning. 

As a composer, Karen is a former winner of the Yorkshire Composers' Competition and her work has been performed internationally, including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Sydney Festival, the Royal College of Music, and the USA. She was commissioned by Youth Music to write an ensemble scheme for the so called 'endangered species' group of instruments.  Breathless for low flute quartet has been performed performed in Chicago, Warwick and Washington DC. Dreamscape for flute and guitar is recorded by Carla Rees and David Black  and broadcast on Radio 3. Her work is published by Forton Music and Tetractys Publishing

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