As an active recitalist, soloist, and guest artist, I enjoy playing all styles of flute music and specialize in performing music influenced by pop, rock, jazz, and world music.
My desire is to break down barriers keeping today’s listeners from enjoying the classical music experience.
Through engaging performances and educational experiences, I want to leave audiences coming back for more!
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Karen McLaughlin Large enjoys performing in concerto, solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings. She plays regularly with Traverso Colore: Baroque Flute Ensemble, Tornado Alley Flutes, and the Florida Flute Orchestra. She also previously performed with the Konza Wind Quintet, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. As a guest artist, she has enjoyed performing and teaching at universities in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Her performances have taken her across the United States as well as Canada and Japan (2020).
Dr. Large is Assistant Professor of Flute at the Florida State University College of Music and teaches flute lessons, flute ensemble, low flutes, Baroque flute, and Wind and Percussion Pedagogy. She is passionate about helping students navigate their unique paths in the music world and achieves this in her lessons and classes through activities in areas such as music entrepreneurship, audition and competition preparation, community outreach, and grant-writing. Dr. Large previously served as Associate Professor of Flute and Music Theory at Kansas State University.
Dr. Large’s research interests include performing classical works inspired by popular genres, flute transcriptions of Romantic music, creation of the world’s first Virtual Flute Choirs, Baroque flute performance practice, and the intersection of music theory and flute performance. In Fall 2019, she will release her second CD entitled "Wanderlust: The Flute Music of David Amram" on Blue Griffin Records. Her first CD, which featured her original transcriptions is entitled “String to Silver: Flute Transcriptions of Works in the Romantic Tradition.” Dr. Large regularly performs and presents her research at national and international conferences. She earned her DM, MM, and BM degrees at Florida State University studying with Eva Amsler, Stephanie Jutt, and Joshua Carter (under Charles Delaney).