• Head shot of jazz vocalist Karly Epp
  • Instructor, Desautels Faculty of Music

    Room 437 Taché Hall
    150 Dafoe Road
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

    204-272-1502

    Karly.Epp@umanitoba.ca

Known for her soulful voice, Karly Epp is a staple of the Winnipeg jazz scene. She is also an accomplished teacher, choral director, conductor, and clinician. Within the faculty, Epp coaches the Jazz Vocal Ensembles, teaches musicianship, and serves as an MPS instructor.

  • In the faculty

Education

I believe in teaching the student as musician, individual, and artist. My responsibility as an educator lies not only in communicating with students how the language of music works and can be interpreted within a jazz context, but also in facilitating the development of a well-rounded set of relevant, non-musical skills. These skills, when combined with their musical abilities, are intended to assist students in ultimately becoming artists who will contribute to the world in a positive way based on their own unique perspective and experiences.
Karly EppInstructor, Desautels Faculty of Music

Performance highlights

After earning her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba, Epp became an accomplished choral director, and spent several years teaching, guest conducting, presenting clinics, and arranging vocal music.

In order to focus on her performance career, Epp relocated to New York City and later graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music with a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. During this time, she had the opportunity to study with Grammy-nominated vocalists Gretchen Parlato, Theo Bleckmann, and Kate McGarry. Through them, she was introduced to Somatic Voicework and went on to study the method with Jeannie LoVetri. Epp’s schooling also allowed her to further develop her understanding of composition and harmony, working with renowned artists and composers, including Dave Liebman and Jim McNeely.

After graduating, Epp spent time in New York playing at a variety of venues throughout the area, including a year-long residency at New York’s historic 55 Bar, and occasionally returning to Canada for festivals. Summer of 2018 brought her back to Winnipeg when she accepted the appointment of Jazz Vocal Instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Ongoing research and creative works

Epp performs prolifically in Winnipeg, and is often a featured performer at the TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival. She is the founder of the University of Manitoba Jazz Vocal Ensembles.