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Karen Fosheim


Chair/Prof/Dept of Music


  • DMA – University of Arizona (1994)
  • MM – University of Arizona (1989)
  • BM – Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1986)

Areas of Expertise

  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • West African Djembe Drumming
  • American Music

Research Interests

  • History of piano pedagogy
  • The connections between African music and American Blues
  • West African Music and Culture

Other Professional Experiences  

  • Solo and Collaborative Piano Performances across the United States and Mexico; Performer for Van Cliburn Institute Teacher’s Program
  • President–Elect College Music Society Southern Region
  • Studied West Africa music with noted Guinean djembefola Famadou Konate, Mamady Keita, Sekou Sano, Ballaket Cissoko, balafonist Ishmael Camara, and dancers Yamoussa Souma and Salimatou Camara; Sabbatical study in African music at Kent State University with Kazadi wa Makuna and Olugbala Manns