Festival Artist


Karen Hansen Gellert has been involved in many facets of music performance and education on Long Island. She received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. The majority of her studies were with David Walter, who even today is a constant source of inspiration to her. Ms. Gellert performed at the Aspen Music Festival as well as the International School of Double Bass at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, working with such notable bassists as Barry Green, Paul Ellison and Francois Rabbath Ms. Gellert has been a member of the Westchester Symphony, Queens Orchestral Society and the Nassau and Stamford Symphonies. As a freelance performer, she plays with the Long Island Choral Society and Mineola Choral Society, among others. Last concert season, she was the featured guest artist with the Huntington Men’s Chorus. Teaching music has been the focus of her career thus far. She is presently the Orchestra Director at Elwood- John Glenn High School and has been the Lead Teacher for Music in the Elwood Public Schools. She coaches the bass section for Long Island Youth Orchestra as well as hosts their concerts. She is actively involved in organizations that propel excellent music programs. She is past president of the Long Island String Festival Association and is still on the executive board. She was the Double Bass Instructor at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts for 13 years. She is also past State Chair for the NYSSMA All-State Orchestras and is a frequent NYSSMA adjudicator and guest conductor for SCMEA and LISFA. Ms. Gellert is currently the adjunct professor of classical double bass, and on the music education faculty at LIU Post.