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Karen Bulmer

Tuba Soloist, Host of Music, Mind and Movement

Karen Bulmer is a versatile tuba player, educator, writer, and podcaster. She is active as a tuba soloist and chamber musician and has performed her original one-woman show, Girl Meets Tuba, which chronicles her on-again off-again relationship with the tuba, in venues across Canada. 


In addition to serving as Associate Professor of Low Brass at MUN’s School of Music, Karen is a movement educator and meditation facilitator. Her unique Mind/Body Tools for Musicians program combines mindfulness with movement and self-regulation strategies to help musicians access a greater sense of their innate capacity for expression, mastery, and resilience. She is the creator and host of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast and maintains a blog about practice, performance, and self-care for musicians at


Karen holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Professional Studies Diploma from the HARID Conservatory, and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University. Karen trained in meditation facilitation under the mentorship of Michael Stone, Movement for Trauma with Jane Clapp, and is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in biomechanics and anatomy.

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