Karen Fletcher commenced tuition at the University of Adelaide when awarded an Orchestral Scholarship for single study in flute with Zdenek Bruderhans in 1985.
She completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) Degree in 1988 and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours Degree in 1989 both at the University of Adelaide.
In 1989 Karen was awarded the Licentiate Diploma of Music in Flute from the Australian Music Examinations Board. She received prizes from the AMEB for Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grade Flute Examinations and a Seventh Grade Practice of Music Scholarship.
Karen has an established teaching practice at private schools in Adelaide and at her home studio. She has also had many years experience directing flute and wind ensembles in schools.
Karen has performed as a casual orchestral member for touring productions and in numerous small ensembles performing at chamber concerts, weddings and private functions. Her performance experience is not confined only to the classical genre; she has been a member of TNT Latino (Adelaide’s premiere Latin Band) and also was a member of the Australian Army Reserve Band for six years.
Karen served as the Vice-President of the Flute Society of South Australia Incorporated, which she is now a committee member of. She also enjoys organizing events within the flute community.
In 2005 Karen traveled with The Flutes of Adelaide on their Study Trip to Europe. She played at masterclasses with Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music and Michael Cox at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Felix Renggli at the Basel Conservatoire, Switzerland, and with Philippe Bernold, Paris. Karen was thrilled to meet Sir James Galway in Lucerne and she also attended masterclasses with Paul Edmund Davies in London and Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire.
Karen was a member of the quartet Kshema, which she joined in 2004.