Getting to Know....Karen Popkin!

We've kicked off the second cycle of the MMC season, after two amazing concerts (and a professional recording session!). With so many exciting things going on, take a breather and get to know another member of the Metropolitan Music Community--Brooklyn Wind Symphony euphonium player Karen Popkin!

Name:  Karen Popkin

Occupation: Music Therapist

Instrument: Euphonium

What’s your favorite thing about your day job? I hear people's personal stories and music memories and learn how it relates to what is most meaningful in their lives.

How long have you been playing with the MMC? Since 2010.

How did you get started with the MMC? My husband (BKWS tuba player Jedd Wolchok) was searching for a community band and found an online article about Grand Street Community Band.

What is your favorite MMC memory? So many, but I'd have to say that performing at Midwest was especially spectacular.

What was the last concert/musical/performance you saw? "The King & I" on Broadway with my daughter.

Favorite Thanksgiving side-dish?  My mom's baked mac'n cheese with sharp cheddar on top.

What’s your typical Sunday routine?  Sleep in, listen to NPR's Weekend Edition, go for a walk/jog. 

Give us a “local” New York recommendation. You must visit Kossar's Bialys on Grand Street (Manhattan) when it's cold outside and the warm, garlic bialys are just coming out of the oven.  Heaven!

Finish this sentence: “I knew I was a musician when…..” at about the age of 6 we got a piano and I was engrossed by making combinations of tones. One day, a choral director who was also a pianist came to talk to my mother and I loudly exhibited my "skills" so he would know I was ready for lessons. I eventually did study with him, then came trumpet and event later, euphonium.

Posted on November 11, 2015 .