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Ken Karsh

Kenneth Karsh

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar; Conductor, Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 1C
Phone: 412.396.6080


M.M., Guitar Performance, Duquesne University, 2000
B.M., Guitar Performance, Duquesne University, 1991

BMus and MMus, Guitar Performance, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University; Berklee College of Music Alumnus; Performances with Jimmy McGriff, Eric Kloss, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, "Papa John" DeFrancesco, Jack McDuff, Gene Ludwig, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Davis, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Principal Fretted instrumentalist for a variety of Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera musical theater productions; Recordings with Gene Ludwig, Eric Kloss, Arnold Sterling, James Brown-Orleans, Bobby McFerrin, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra; Guitarist for the soundtrack for the documentary film In My Hands, which was directed by Ann Reinking with music composed by Jeffrey Saver; Tenor Banjoist for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance of David Del Tredici's Final Alice. Publications include Jazz Scale Workout (Mel Bay Publications) and Fingerboarding Made EZ: Scale & Arpeggio Visualization for Guitar; Recordings Ventana and Conversations available on CD and downloads at Alanna records and your favorite online retailers. Co-Producer and guitarist for recordings James Witherite; Modern Organ Trio and James Witherite; Please Do Not Clap on One and 3.