Karen Bulmer
is an active and versatile tuba player equally at home in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings. She has a special interest in contemporary music and, in particular, repertoire that challenges the player to experiment with new ways of creating sound on the tuba. Bulmer has been an invited performer at the International Women’s Brass Conference and at the annual ideaCity conference in Toronto. She has performed her one-woman show, Girl Meets Tuba, in venues across Canada and many of her performances have been broadcast both locally and nationally on CBC Radio. Bulmer has been principal tuba of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra since 2010. A dedicated and enthusiastic pedagogue, Bulmer is currently Associate Professor of Low Brass at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she also directs the MUN Brass Ensemble. She has held faculty positions at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Windsor, and the University of Prince Edward Island. Originally from London, ON, Bulmer completed her Bachelor of Musical Arts at the University of Western Ontario. After receiving a Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, she moved to the United States to continue her studies. Bulmer earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University.