Karen has many years experience in singing teaching, vocal performance and eisteddfod adjudication. She has performed as a soloist with choirs, orchestras, musical shows, recitals and events. Additionally, she has enjoyed much success training voices of all ages, male and female, but her speciality lies in training children's voices, guiding them through adolescence, the teenage years, young adulthood on to vocal maturity. Karen teaches most genres including classical, sacred, musical theatre, jazz and popular music in preparation for examinations, recitals, auditions and competitions.
Karen teaches Musicianship, Theory of Music and Piano, and accompanies her students in examinations and other events, as well as accompanying music society performances and church events. She enjoys conducting and coaching adult, youth and children choirs, and is a singing consultant to larger district choirs. She is a trained pipe organist and plays regularly in church.
Karen is experienced in composition and music arrangement and was selected to compose over 40 children's songs for an international sacred education program which will be released in 2015.
As a young singer, Karen studied with Walter Barnes and at the Qld Conservatorium. She was the recipient of many certificates, scholarships and prizes from eisteddfods, competitions and the AMEB. Also singing at Brisbane City Council concert events.
Further qualifications were attained at UNSW: B.Mus, (Voice major with Distinction), under the guidance of Neil Easton and Geoffrey Chard; G.Cert.Mus, (Vocal pedagogy), M.Mus.Ed, (Vocal performance and teaching studies).
Other employment has included teaching at Performing Arts Schools both in an individual and group environment, university aural tutoring, office administration and PR. Karen also holds a Certificate in Editing and Proofreading.
Karen currently holds the position of Vice President of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales and is an AMEB(NSW) Examiner and AMEB Federal Examiner for written subjects.