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Karlin Greenstreet Love

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Karlin Greenstreet Love


Karlin Love (b. 1956, Anacortes, Wash.) is a composer and performer living in Tasmania.

Dr. Love has bachelor's degrees from Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington where she studied composition with William O. Smith and Ken Benshoof, and M.A.(hons) through the University of Wollongong working with Houston Dunleavy and Wayne Dixon, and a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in composition education, with Margaret Barrett and Rob Davidson.

In 1989 Dr. Love moved to Australia to take the position of woodwind lecturer at the University of Tasmania in Launceston where she taught clarinet, saxophone, theory, composition and improvisation until 1997. She is now [2015] primarily a freelance performer, composer and teacher, having taught composition and music technology for the university's faculty of education and TAFE Tasmania, and worked with numerous senior secondary students. Performance opportunities taken are varied: guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and leather horns; jazz, classical, klezmer, and folk.

Karlin's composition interests include writing for lute, guitar, clarinet, symphonic winds, extending and expanding traditional sound worlds. She is especially interested in acoustic timbres and relationships and finds making real people create unusual sounds especially rewarding. Love has written numerous pieces that gently introduce students and amateurs to unconventional techniques and sounds. Her works have been recorded by Clarity clarinet quartet and the University of Tasmania Wind Ensemble.

Founder of the Chordwainers leather instrument ensemble, Karlin works with the Tasmanian Leather Orchestra project of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Karlin was the Australian Society for Music Education composer in residence in 2009. This is when she composed even in the city you can still see stars for concert band.

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