Karen is delighted to return for another season to the St. Charles Singers! A member since 2011, Karen grew up in Wheaton, where her love of music and piano-playing began at a very young age. Her interest quickly turned to singing, and she went on to graduate from Valparaiso University, studying Music and Theatre. While there, Karen was an active member and frequent soloist of the Valparaiso University Chorale, as well as a regular performer on the university’s main stage theatre. Her credits there include As You Like It, The Cradle Will Rock, Dido and Aeneas, The Crucible, and excerpts from The Three Sisters. Karen was also a member of Soul Purpose, a traveling liturgical drama troupe, and is privileged to return as an Alumni performer from time to time.
Her favorite classical composers include Schubert, Schumann, and Hahn, though her favorite music hails from the Broadway stage, with composers such as Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown.
When she’s not working, singing, or at class for her new educational adventure in Graphic Design, Karen enjoys traveling with her husband, going to the theatre, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her young nieces and nephew. Karen also serves as the Choir Liaison and Secretary to the St. Charles Singers Board of Directors.