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Karl Wiederwohl

Trombone, Tuba, Baritone/Euphonium, Trumpet/Cornet

Dr. Karl Wiederwohl, low brass,sees teaching as the perfect way to share music’s power to enlighten, uplift and invigorate.  Complementing the microcosm of instrumental technique, he challenges his students with macrocosm concepts of pattern recognition, causation, and self-determination while steadfastly encouraging them to appreciate the sheer beauty of musical exploration.

He encourages his students to learn to teach themselves, so that they can develop the self-mastery to succeed in all endeavors.  His students that have “left the nest” can be found pursuing their dreams at prestigious institutions including the U.S. Naval Academy and Eastman School of Music and can be heard subbing with elite ensembles like the Cleveland Orchestra.  Within Minnesota his high school students perform with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Youth Symphonies.  His students have earned entry to the All-State Band every year since he moved to Minnesota.

Previously Karl has served as the bass trombonist of the New World Symphony and as acting bass trombonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.  While in college, Karl’s freelance work ranged from recording jingles for Japanese television to subbing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Primarily a bass trombonist, Karl has also done doubling work on euphonium (baritone), tenor trombone, contrabass trombone and bass trumpet with ensembles including the Wolf Trap Opera, New World Symphony, and National Gallery Orchestra.  Karl has enjoyed performing under many notable conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Franz Welser-Möst and Osmo Vänskä.

While earning his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Karl became an avid marathoner and Ironman Triathlete.  He believes that mental and physical challenges–both artistic and athletic–can help shape us into mindful citizens who make unique contributions through healthy self-expression.

“Karl is uplifting, motivational, and keeps his students very engaged in their learning.”

–MacPhail Student

“Karl always finds a positive spin on whatever he says to my child. His energy and enthusiasm really lifts up my child after a lesson.”

–MacPhail Parent

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