Karen Gallant is a second year Master of Music Flute Performance candidate in the studio of Professor Marianne Gedigian at the Butler of School of Music. She is currently a member of the Aero Sextet at the BSOM, and recently returned in June 2014 from The University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble World Tour, performing nine concerts in seven countries under the direction of Professor Jerry Junkin. Karen graduated with high honors from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), studying with Jonathan Keeble, and completed a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a minor in Business Administration. She was chosen as the solo performing artist in UIUC’s School of Music commencement ceremony in May 2013. Karen has won the National Flute Association’s Performers Master Class Competition, The UT Brass/Wind/Percussion Concerto Competition, the Chicago Flute Club’s Annual Student Competition, John D. and Fern Hodge Armstrong Competition for Outstanding Undergraduate Performance, and was a prize winner of the Thomas J. Smith Scholarship and MidSouth Young Artist Competition.
Karen is an alumnus of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by Allen Tinkham. In 2009 she performed in a “Side-by-Side” concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Chicago Symphony Center. Karen has mentored students in the CYSO Music Pathways program, The UT Longhorn Band Camp and the Illinois Summer Youth Music at UIUC. Former teachers and master class instructors include Paula Robison, Mark Sparks, Gary Shocker, Hideko Amano, Amy Faber Beard and Lynn Vogl.