Khara Wolf fell in love with music when she was first inspired by the magic of live performance and the power of music education. As an avid performer, she plays oboe and English horn with the San Juan Symphony and performs regularly with the Better Knot Ensembles, a Neo-Celtic group with guitarist Chad MacCluskey, violinist Brent Williams, and Bodhran player Erick Morningstar. She is currently the Adjunct Professor of Double Reeds at Fort Lewis College and a private instructor on oboe, bassoon, and flute in Durango, Colorado*.
In addition to oboe and English horn, Ms. Wolf plays a 6-key traditional wood Irish flute, silver flute, and penny whistle with Better Knot. She co-founded La Joie in 2014, a duo with guitarist/mandolinist Terry Double, where she explored 1700 and 1800 period music on a 415 Saxon baroque oboe. Khara is currently working to bring the oboe into celtic music as a traditional instrument.
Khara graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance where she studied with Peter Cooper. She has attended numerous summer festivals, including the Sewanee Music Festival where she studied with Russell Deluna. Additional oboe teachers include Martin Schuring, Barbara LaFitte, James Brody, and Ciara Glasheen-Artem. Her experience in woodwinds also includes classical training on flute and jazz technique on oboe and soprano saxophone.
With over a decade of professional high-altitude reed making experience, Ms. Wolf is passionate about teaching and assisting with the complex process of reed making. She feels strongly about giving students a strong classical foundation and teaching them how to approach their instruments with ease, confidence, and musicality.
Ms. Wolf attended the Boxwood Festival & Workshop from 2009-2013 where she studied Celtic music with world class musicians such as Chris Norman, David Greenberg, Shelley Phillips, and Rodney Garnett. In 2013 she attended as the recipient of the Fred Kasper Memorial Scholarship award for her attendance on oboe.
Khara works as a graphic designer through her business Khara Wolf Design. Originally a Durango native, she is dedicated to supporting local musicians and loves the Colorado lifestyle.
*Private lessons and reed making are available for students of all ages and levels in the Four Corners including, but not limited to, students from Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, Farmington, Aztec, and Cortez.