About Keith Karasik
Get to know Keith Karasik
Mr. Karasik’s music career began at age 10 when he performed on tuba live with his father’s
trio. He continued to play the tuba in his schools’ music programs until he switched to the upright bass
in high school where he played in the school orchestra and jazz band. It was in high school when he
joined the group, Daybreak and recorded their first album, produced by Kris Kristoferson.
A music scholarship from the University of Northern Colorado enabled him to participate in the
UNC orchestra and #1 Jazz band which, under the direction of Daryl Goes, won first place at the
Wichita Jazz Festival in 1975.
After graduating from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1978 with a BA in Music
Education, he studied theory and composition at Colorado State University and composed a variety of
pieces including a string quartet utilizing the 12-tone, serial technique.
Mr. Karasik earned a Masters of Music in Performance/Jazz Studies from Towson University in May 2020.