Instructor of Clarinet, Interlochen Arts Camp
Artist-faculty member of the Batuta Colombian Youth Philharmonic; Lecturer in Clarinet, Washburn University
Clarinetist Karen Benda is an avid chamber musician, recitalist and artist-teacher who plays with a "well-defined sound and nuance of phrasing." (Cincinnati Enquirer). Benda has presented numerous chamber music concerts at the Interlochen Arts Camp while also being featured on National Public Radio's (NPR) Performance Today in a performance of Beethoven's Septet. Benda has held teaching residencies at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose, CR and in Bogata, Colombia, as an artist-faculty member of the Batuta Colombian Youth Philharmonic.
Benda is Lecturer in Clarinet at Washburn University and Instructor of Clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has also held teaching positions at Ohio University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department as well as a graduate assistantship at the University of Michigan. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. Benda is currently pursuing training and certification in the Alexander Technique through the Houston School of Alexander Technique.