Karen Roll Gardener

Karen Roll-Gardener

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone

Department/Affiliation: Music
Phone: 330-263-2419
Office Address: 125 Scheide


  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance), Michigan State University 1999
  • Master of Music (Saxophone Performance), Michigan State University 1994
  • Master of Arts (English), University of Virginia 1992
  • Bachelor of Music (Saxophone Performance), University of Illinois 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts (Rhetoric), University of Illinois 1990

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 133: Saxophone
  • MUSC 157: Ensembles/Woodwinds (sax)
  • MUSC 233: Saxophone

Biography, Performance, and Research

Karen Roll Gardener teaches saxophone, coaches quartets, and assists with woodwind methods. She taught at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, 1998-2000. She has given numerous performances, including many at World Saxophone Congresses. She has performed with the Wooster Symphony, Washington Idaho Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and other orchestras. She has recorded for the Arizona University Recordings series A Tribute to Adolphe Sax. She published an article about Lucie Robert-Diessel in the 2002 Saxophone Symposium. Dr. Gardener was appointed at The College of Wooster in 2001.