Karyn Quinn

Bass / Jazz Studies / Music Theory
133 Center for the Arts
(608) 785-6727


Karyn Quinn teaches bass, music theory and directs instrumental jazz ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is also an active bassist and clinician.

Quinn received her Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Master degree in String Bass Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Quinn has served on the music faculties of Michigan Technological University. She is in great demand as a freelance bassist in both classical and jazz settings. As an orchestral bassist she has performed as principal bass with the La Crosse Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony and in the section of the Cheyenne Symphony. Karyn has performed in concert with many jazz artists including Diane Schuur, Ernie Watts, Clark Terry, James Williams, Red Rodney and Kurt Elling. Currently she performs with the Great River Big Band, and The La Crosse Jazz Quartet. Quinn was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with bassist, Rufus Reid and has also performed in master classes for Gary Karr. She was a finalist in the 1997 International Society of Bassists Jazz Bass Competition. Quinn is an active member of The International Society of Bassists, and The International Association of Jazz Educators. Her method books for beginning bass students, Bass Sessions, are published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.