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Queen's University

Karma Tomm -

Conservatory Director / Violin

Ms. Tomm maintains an active career as performing violinist, teacher, and music administrator.  She relocated to Kingston Ontario in 2007 as the founding Director of the new Queen's Conservatory of Music.  Previously she was based at Tufts University in the greater Boston area where she taught violin, chamber music and music theory since 1997, and served as the Coordinator of Applied Music from 2001-2007.  As a freelance artist, Ms. Tomm has performed with various Boston area ensembles including Emmanuel Music, the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Musica Viva, Auros Group for New Music, and the Cantata Singers. She has toured North America, Europe and Asia, participating in festivals such as the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Wiener Festwochen, and Mostly Mozart (NYC).  Ms. Tomm has premiered many contemporary works, and has recorded on Koch International and Nonesuch. In 2006 she appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman with members of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.  

Ms. Tomm's administrative experience includes the management of diverse organizations that range from professional performance events to children's educational programs. She was the Administrative Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival (Portland, ME, 1995-97), Administrative Director of the Music on the Hill summer chamber music program (Belmont, MA, 1995) where she also taught violin and chamber music (1996-2000), and Administrative Coordinator at the Indiana University Summer String Academy (Bloomington, IN, 1994).  

Ms. Tomm holds degrees from McGill University (BMus Honours in Performance with High Distinction, 1990) and Indiana University (MMus in Violin Performance, minor in Jazz Studies, 1993). Her principal teachers include Bayla Keyes, Paul Biss, Mauricio Fuks, Lise Elson, and David Baker.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000