Karen Garrity
cello, electric cello


Via Instrumental Casting, Karen recently performed with an orchestra to a sold out crowd at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with Persian Artist Shahkar and guest artist Andrea Bocelli. Via Instrumental Casting, Karen also booked the role of cellist in a string quartet for the Susan Sarandon movie The Meddler. Karen is an Assistant Talent Manager with Instrumental Casting and President of CMG Music Recording providing musicians for recording work here in LA on commercials, movie soundtracks, jingles, video games, CDs, etc.

Orchestral Experience:

Principal Cellist; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Portland, OR, 1980-1988
Principal Cellist; Portland Civic Theater, Portland, OR, 1980-1986
Cellist; Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Portland OR, 1986-1988
Cellist; Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Long Beach, CA, 1990-1996
Cellist; Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, Jacksonville, OR, 1987-1992
Cellist; Portland Opera Orchestra, Portland, OR, 1985-1988
Cellist; Cerritos Light Opera, Cerritos, CA, 1994

Chamber Music Experience:

Cellist; Clarendon Chamber Players, 1992-present. Ensemble performs recitals extensively throughout Southern California and the United States.
Freelance Cellist and Recording Studio Musician; currently performs extensively throughout Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Cellist; Paragon String Quartet
Cellist; Willamette String Quartet


Bellingham Chamber Music Festival, Bellingham, WA
Peter Britt Festival, Jacksonville, OR
Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC

Master Class Performances

Nathaniel Rosen; Yo Yo Ma; Janos Starker; Garrick Ohlsen; Barton Frank; Peter Marsh; Muir String Quartet; Philadelphia String Quartet; Cleveland Quartet

Teaching Experience:

Private Cello Studio; 1980-present
String Specialist; Salem Public Schools, Salem, OR; 1983-1986
Clinician; Music Educators National Conference; Oregon Music Teacher's Association


Lewis and Clark College; Portland, OR, 1979-1983
Received Bachelor's of Music and Bachelors of Music Education
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Cincinnati, OH, 1981
Portland Youth Philharmonic; Portland, OR, 1977-1982
Toured throughout Japan, Washington, D.C., South Carolina and the Pacific Northwest.

Karen has appeared on numerous national commercials.
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