Bassoonist Karla Ekholm has been on faculty at EMF since 1984. She enjoys an active career performing around the San Francisco Bay Area as principal bassoonist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Pacific Chamber Symphony and member of Santa Rosa Symphony and Marin Symphony.
As featured soloist she has performed Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" with Vallejo Symphony as well as the Francaix "Divertissement" with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra where SF Classical Voice noted "Ekholm sold the perky themes and twirling embellishments with light-fingered conviction, tossing off Francaix's sometimes lengthy chromatic sentences and cleverly italicizing their syncopations with accents and elastic timing."
Ms. Ekholm started her career as principal bassoonist with San Francisco Opera's National Touring Company, with whom she toured until 2002 and where she developed her love of opera. She is a founding member of the Five Chairs Wind Quintet with whom she has performed over 1000 programs for students in the schools.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Temple University. Her teachers include Benjamin Kamins, Bernard Garfield, Stephen Paulson and Walter Green. Ms. Ekholm is featured in the documentary "Freeway Philharmonic."