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 played oboe and English horn with the San Juan Symphony from 2015-2018 and is a co-founder of Better Knot Ensembles, a Neo-Celtic group with guitarist Chad MacCluskey and Bodhran player Erick Morningstar. She joined as Adjunct Professor of Double Reeds at Fort Lewis College in 2015 and has been teaching private lessons on oboe, flute, and winds in Durango, Colorado* since 2013. In 2021 she assumed the position of Webmaster with the International Double Reed Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance and education of double reed instruments. Prior to which, she was the Digital Marketing & Communications Coordinator for IDRS from 2018-2020.
In Traditional music, Khara plays a 6-key wood Irish flute, baroque (period) double reeds, and the penny whistle. She is currently working with Shelley Phillips on a set of music by Turlough O’Carolan for oboe and English Horn. In addition, she is pursuing extended techniques on the oboe and English Horn with a focus on 17th and 18th century traditional Celtic music.
Khara graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance where she studied with Peter Cooper. Additional oboe teachers include Russell Deluna, Martin Schuring, Barbara LaFitte, James Brody, and Ciara Glasheen-Artem. Her experience in woodwinds includes classical training on flute, and jazz and Celtic techniques on oboe.
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 has attended the Boxwood Festival & Workshop numerous times since 2009 where she studied Celtic music with world class musicians such as Chris Norman, David Greenberg, and Rodney Garnett. In 2013 she attended as the recipient of the Fred Kasper Memorial Scholarship award for her attendance on oboe.
Khara is a Marketing Consultant and Graphic Designer through her business Khara Wolf Design. She is dedicated to supporting small businesses and loves the Colorado lifestyle.
*Private lessons and reed making are available for students of all ages and levels online and in the Four Corners including, but not limited to, students from Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, Farmington, Aztec, and Cortez.