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Oboe tutor

Karla Powell

Karla took her undergraduate degree in oboe performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a full scholarship.  She studied oboe with David Cowley and John Anderson, cor anglais with Sarah Jayne Porsmoguer and woodwind teaching with John Reynolds.

During her time at the RWCMD, she won the First and Third Year Music Prize, the Woodwind Solo Prize, the John MacIntyre Memorial Prize twice and the Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial Award.  She was also the youngest ever appointment to the RWCMD/Welsh National Opera Woodwind Placement Scheme at the age of nineteen.

Karla graduated with First Class Honours in 2011, having already achieved an ABRSM diploma in oboe teaching.   She then moved on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studies part time for a masters degree in orchestral oboe performance under the tutelage of Richard Simpson, Gordon Hunt, Alison Teale and Jane Marshall.  She is grateful to be supported in her studies by the Leverhulme Trust, Headley Trust, Selwyn Memorial Prize and Old Tauntonians’ Association.

Karla has a great deal of performing experience.  Alongside various solo recitals, she has played with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru and Welsh Session Orchestra as well as the RWCMD and Guildhall School orchestras.  She has performed many concertos including Mozart, Albinoni Dm, Muldowney and Edwin Roxburgh’s Elegy for Ur with RWCMD Wind Orchestra.

Karla’s teaching career began in 2008 when she spent two months as a volunteer teacher at Kampala Music School, Uganda.  Soon after this she began work as an auxiliary assistant at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Music and Access Studies Department, providing assistance in theory and aural classes as well as chamber ensemble, choir and orchestra rehearsals.  Karla has been teaching privately since 2008 and has found that a combination of performance and teaching provides her with variety and enjoyment.