Karl Schultz

Karl is a composer, pianist, and music educator serving as the Rural Music Facilitator in Lake County, teaching in the towns of Adel, Plush, and Lakeview. He holds a Masters of Music in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Lewis and Clark College.

A devoted pedagogue, Schultz offers private studio lessons in piano, composition, music theory, and more to students of all ages and levels of study. From young children seeking to begin studying the piano to college students seeking tutoring in music theory, Schultz has the training and know-how to put musicians of all levels in the direction they are seeking to go. Schultz is a member of the Tualatin chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association.

As a composer of modern classical music, Karl writes for all the forms associated with the genre ranging from tone poems for large orchestra, to chamber music, to works for solo piano and everything else in between. Following the great neo-classic tradition of modern music embodied by such luminaries as Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Hindemith, he writes music that is by turns lyrical, yet also mordant and ironic. Described by more than one teacher as a gifted contrapuntalist, Schultz has developed a systematic approach to the writing of polytonal counterpoint, forging a new style of polyphony for the 21st century.

Karl’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists including the Friction Quartet, the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, and Susan DeWitt Smith among many others. His composition teachers include David Conte and Michael Johanson. In the summer of 2012, Karl studied counterpoint, musicianship, and composition under Philip Lasser, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Michel Merlet at the European American Musical Alliance, a summer program continuing the pedagogical practices of Nadia Boulanger.

A classically trained pianist, having studied under Susan DeWitt Smith and Jill Timmons among others, Karl is well versed in the standard repertoire from Bach to Bartok. His current work as a performer, however, is centered around new music for the instrument and underserved works from the contemporary era. He recently premiered solo works by the piano by himself and other emerging composers, including Joseph M. Colombo and Nicolas Lell Benavides at the Center for New Music in San Francisco.

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