About the School
Adjunct Instructor of French Horn, is a member of the USF Faculty Brass Quintet. He is currently Assistant Principal horn of The Florida Orchestra, and has been performing with that ensemble since 2008. Prior to that, he was acting principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra. From 2002-2005, he was the principal horn of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the only non-Chinese musician in these orchestras for most of his tenure there. Karr started playing piano at the age of five, adding horn when he was nine. Notable on both instruments from an early age, he earned numerous awards including top prize in the New World Symphony concerto competition, finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition, a Harvard Music Society scholarship grant, and special recognition for performances and classes he taught in the Republic of Moldova. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the most selective music school in the US.
When he joined the New World Symphony, a professional training orchestra in Miami, Florida, he studied conducting privately with San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed as a soloist or principal horn in over twenty different countries on four continents, with orchestras in some of the most well-respected venues in the world, including the Berlin Philharmoniesalle and the Amsterdam Concergebouw. He is also recognized internationally as an educator and is proud to have spent extended time in Iraq and Afghanistan working with music students in those countries.
In addition to his work with the Florida Orchestra, local audiences hear his work as principal horn of Opera Tampa and St. Pete Opera, as well as appearances as guest principal horn with the Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera and other groups. He plays regularly with the Colorado Music Festival and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, studies a variety of languages, and enjoys hiking, biking and adventure travel.