I've always had a passion for teaching other musicians, but it took me going back to school to find more outlets for that passion. In 2016, I went back to school to start working on my doctoral degree in clarinet performance. My husband asked me why I was doing that since I had already been running a successful lesson studio for nearly 30 years. I couldn't give him an answer as to why I felt the need to get this degree, except for that I wanted to be more connected with my industry.
In October 2020, I found a way to combine my love of teaching and desire to be more connected in the industry as a podcaster with The Clarinet Pedagogue. After a couple of debut podcasts, we're now launching again in 2021.
Another passion of mine is connecting with others through music. I enjoy collaborating with composers and performers to create a unique experience for the audience. This passion drove me to create a new ensemble The Avenue C Project, named after the street address for the College of Music at University of North Texas.
I'm blessed that I have several outlets for my teaching passion as adjunct professor at Texas A&M University at Kingsville, private lesson teacher in the North Texas area, and instructor with Virtual Clarinet Camp.
Thank you for visiting my site.
Blessings to all,
Karen Bronson is a versatile artist who frequently performs, lectures and teaches throughout the United States. Originally from North Carolina, she performed in the All-State Bands and Orchestras, Greensboro Youth Orchestra (manager and member) in addition to performing in chamber ensembles and pit orchestras for musicals and operas. She also was first chair in the McDonald's All-American Band, performing in parades and concerts across the United States. Orchestral experience was with Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, co-principal of Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Union Symphony Orchestra, and sub for Western Piedmont Orchestra. As manager and founding member of Carolina Winds, she performed in this woodwind quintet around the Charlotte community.
Currently she is adjunct clarinet professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in addition to teaching privately in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Her studio, Bronson Clarinet Studio, consists of students from sixth grade through adult. She is the founder and co-educator of Virtual Clarinet Camp. Her passion for music education and child development also led her to teaching preschool music, Kindermusik, and children’s choirs for a number of years. Dr. Bronson frequently presents at national conferences such as National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference, Texas A&M Clarinet Colloquium, and ClarinetFest. As a member of North Texas Wind Symphony, she performed at Texas Music Educator’s Conference with Canadian Brass. She has also performed in and is a sub for Lone Star Wind Orchestra and currently plays in the Frontier Brigade Band. An advocate for new music, Dr. Bronson is the founder of The Avenue C Project, a collaborative platform for wind musicians and composers. The Avenue C Project is currently seeking commissions for reed trios and for bass clarinet. Clarinet performance degrees earned are a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas with a related field degree in Wind Band Conducting, a Master of Music from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She resides in Southlake, Texas with her husband, has three adult children and two cats. Her hobbies include skiing, golfing and traveling.