Karen Epp is a well known BC Lower Mainland recorder player
and teacher. She grew up in England and has played recorder
for as long as she can remember.
When she was 18 years old, Karen came to Canada and began
studying music at UBC. At that time, UBC did not allow students
to study recorder so she initially majored in oboe and piano.
She was eventually allowed to switch to the recorder and
became the first UBC music student to graduate with a major in
After graduating, Karen played professionally with Early Music
Vancouver and the CBC Orchestra. She was a founding member
of the baroque group Ciacona.
A highly regarded teacher, Karen has worked with students
from 4 to 94. She taught children’s music programmes at the
Dunbar Community Centre for many years, then moved to the
Surrey school district where she taught in both music and
Karen Epp has conducted workshops across the country,
instructing other teachers how to use the recorder in music
classes. She continues to give private lessons to individuals and
groups, and believes that everyone can learn to play well. She is passionate about exploring the unique ways individuals learn.