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My years of study have blessed my life beyond belief with great teachers, coaches and mentors. They have given me an immeasurable amount of knowledge of the classical vocal arts which has not only allowed me to grow as an artist, but more importantly as a human being armed with a deep understanding of my craft. Throughout my career, I have encountered many wonderfully gifted young singers who have encouraged me to combine my abilities with the confidence to pay it forward through teaching. It has been an immense pleasure and honor to mentor many talented artists and pass my knowledge on to the next generation of singers through the masterclass experience.

Karen gives a guest artist masterclass at Oberlin Conservatory where she works with students on vocal technique and stage craft. 

Michelle Ellison, soprano singing "Porgi Amor" from Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart

These young singers have touched my life more than they know and beyond my wildest dreams. Some have become my 'babies' of sorts allowing me to share my musical thoughts, give them sound advice straight up, with no sugar coating (but always lots of love), and push them to be better than they were when they walked into the room. It has been such a gift from above to join them in this crazy journey of becoming great artists and see their potential come to fruition. What a joy it is to see their faces light up when they make an unbelievably beautiful open sound or get through a difficult phrase for the first time. I now understand what my teachers over all these years must have felt. It takes an incredible amount of humanity and humility to be a great teacher; a completely open hearted generously supportive spirit who is called a mentor. I believe, just like singing, that this is my calling and I am so grateful to be able to embrace them both.  

I would like to thank my own mentors for inspiring me and helping me to become the person I am today - Mikael Eliasen, Sheri Greenawald, Jake Heggie & Evelyn Lear.


If you are interested in working in the studio please email me:  to schedule an appointment.


Arizona State University

Babson College/Cornell One Composer

Bellermine College

Boston Conservatory 

Claftin University

Consumes River College

Curtis Institute of Music

Emory Henry College

Huston-Tillotson University

Ithaca College

Jackson State University

Kiri TeKanawa Programme, Auckland, New Zealand

KY Governor's School

Miami University

Minot State University

Oakwood University

Oberlin College-Conservatory

Salisbury University

Smith College

Tennessee State University

TN Governor's School

UNC Charlotte

University of British Columbia

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of Montana

University of Texas-Austin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

USC Thornton School of Music

West Virginia University

Westminster Choir College

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