Karen Oosterbaan has maintained an active and varied career as a violinist and Alexander Technique teacher in the Boston area for the past twenty years. As a committed teacher, she works with her students to explore ways to integrate elements of Alexander Technique with their learning and performing. Her teaching philosophy promotes ways to reduce tension, facilitate balance, and expand freedom in order to bring out the best in her student's playing.
As a professional violinist, she has performed with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Pro Arte Orchestra, and Cantata Singers. In chamber music ensembles, she has appeared in diverse venues such as Emmanuel Music Chamber Series, Pickman Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts of Middlebury College, and Rockport Chamber Music Festival. In addition to her home studio, she has taught violin and chamber music at Winchester Community Music School and New England Conservatory Preparatory Program. She has coached chamber music and worked with the youth orchestra programs at both Olin College and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Program for many years. She has also been an active program director, developing chamber music programs for over twelve years. For eight years, she was the Music Director of the Chamber Music Program at Winchester Music School, developing their year-round program and summer camp. For five years, she was the Music Director of Point CounterPoint, a chamber music camp in Vermont during the summer.
In addition, Oosterbaan has taught Alexander Technique classes and private lessons at new England Conservatory and Longy School of Music of Bard College. As an AmSAT certified teacher, she has presented a series of Alexander Technique workshops for musicians at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, "Inside the Music" Series, Olin College, MIT, Vanderbilt University, American String Teacher's Association, and Minnesota String Teacher's Association. She has presented her thesis on how to integrate Alexander Technique with performing at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at the Annual General Meeting for Alexander Technique teachers.
She is thrilled to be joining the EMF faculty and was an EMF alum many years ago.