Dr. Karen Fannin

Karen Fannin

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Conductor, Wind Ensemble

Office: Trieschmann Studio 3
Phone: (501) 450-1422
E-mail: fannin@hendrix.edu
  • D.M.A., University of Colorado
  • M.M., Northwestern University
  • B.M.E., University of Northern Iowa

Karen Fannin is Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Hendrix College, where she leads the Wind and Percussion division, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches conducting, low brass, and courses in twentieth-century music and fundamentals of music.  In 2008, she founded the Festival of Winds Honor Band for high school musicians held at Hendrix College each May.  Dr. Fannin is also Music Director and Conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony, an ensemble of professional and semi-professional musicians.  Dr. Fannin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado, where she studied with Allan McMurray.  She received a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, where she was a student of Mallory Thompson and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied euphonium with Jeffrey Funderburk.  Upon graduation from UNI, Dr. Fannin was awarded the Purple and Old Gold Award for Conspicuous Achievement in Music.

Prior to her studies at CU, Dr. Fannin served as Director of Bands at Lockport Township High School in suburban Chicago, where she instituted a composer-in-residence program.  A native of Iowa, Dr. Fannin also held the position of Director of Bands in the Lynnville-Sully Community Schools.

Dr. Fannin maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician.  Recently, she has conducted honor ensembles in Washington, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  Fannin has presented research at national and state conferences including the College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA) national conference, the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE), and the Arkansas Bandmasters Association.  Dr. Fannin has presented on topics such pacing in rehearsals and performance, communication in music, parallels between the ensemble and business, and the lineage of Nadia Boulanger through wind repertoire.  She is a contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA.

Dr. Fannin's professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, and the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association.

Areas of Instruction

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Conducting
  • Low Brass
  • Coordinator of wind and percussion area:Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion


  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Arkansas Bandmasters Association
  • Arkansas Music Educators Association
  • Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1996
  • Master of Music in Conducting, Northwestern University, 2001
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Literature, University of Colorado, 2005