Karen Ruprecht has extensive experience in performance and teaching of the bassoon. She has spent most of her career in Qld and Vic where she enjoys a busy schedule of freelance playing. Karen is principal bassoon in the Qld Pops Orchestra, associate principal bassoon in the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the Australian Army Band Brisbane (reservist), which involves Symphonic Band and quintet work. Karen has performed at events in Switzerland and France with the Army Band. She has also performed with QLD Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and Camerata of St Johns. Karen completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Qld Conservatorium of Music and has also completed an L.Mus A. She runs the specialist bassoon program for Education QLD and teaches bassoon at various schools in Brisbane. Karen is also heavily involved with the Australasian Double Reed Society, which promotes the playing of oboe and bassoon by providing opportunities, competitions, workshops, conferences and performances. She has also tutored at ‘Most’, QLD Youth Orchestra and adjudicated for the QLD Solo and Ensemble Championships (run by the QLD Band Association).