Department of Music

Karen Garrison

Karen Garrison

Professor Music Appreciation
213 Goodwin Music Building
(334) 844-3180

DMA - Florida State University

MM - University of South Carolina

BM - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Music Education

Karen Garrison is Professor Music Appreciation in the Department of Music at Auburn University. In addition to teaching applied flute lessons, she teaches classes in pedagogy, woodwind skills, and general music studies. She is director of the undergraduate woodwind quintet and flute ensemble. She also serves as the Music Department's Woodwind Coordinator.

As a flutist Dr. Garrison has given solo and chamber recital tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  She has performed at National Flute Association conventions on several occasions, most recently at the NFA convention in San Diego in 2016. Other performances and lecture recitals have been presented at Society for American Music, Music Teachers National Association, The College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, Imagining America, and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors national conferences.  Her lecture, “Enhancing the Applied Studio with Native American Music” was presented in Santa Fe in 2016 at the CMS/NACWPI National Conference. Her articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the NACWPI Journal and Flute Talk (The Instrumentalist). Her flute arrangements have been published by Alry Publications.

At Auburn University Dr. Garrison was selected as a College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar in recognition of her outreach work in local and national communities. Dr. Garrison has held national offices with The College Music Society and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. She is a member of the NFA Masterclass Performers Committee and has also served as an Alabama Music Teachers Association Executive Board Member.

Last Updated: January 11, 2018