Karen Van Dyke made her professional debut at the age of 17 when she performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony. She currently maintains an active and versatile freelance career. In addition to the founding Director of Stanford’s highly acclaimed Flute Ensemble, Karen is the Director of the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. In frequent demand in orchestral and chamber music capacities, she has performed with the Berkeley and San José Symphonies, has served as principal flute at the Anchorage Festival of Music, and performs with the Symphony Silicon Valley. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she has studied with William Montgomery, Eleanor Lawrence, and Frances Blaisdell. She has released one solo CD, Mouvements Perpetuels: Music for Flute and Guitar with guitarist Paul Binkley. In recent years, Karen has collaborated with numerous world-renowned flutists to produce master classes for the flute community at NCFC and at Stanford.