If you have ever thought about a future career in music or in the arts at all, this is the workshop for you. Join Karen Hunt on April 16th at 4:30 pm via Zoom, where you can ask anything you want about majoring in Music. Where are the best schools to apply for? What kind of course load will give you the best training? What sorts of jobs can be benefitted with a background in music? Is it a sustainable living? How can you lay the ground work for a successful career after graduation? Karen can give insight into the pursuit of Music as well as any of the arts.
Karen Hunt is a passionate performer and producer of opera, concert, art song, and theatrical music. A native of North Idaho, the coloratura soprano has frequently worked with Inland Northwest Opera in both mainstage and outreach productions, as well as the University of Idaho Opera Workshop. Her diverse repertoire includes roles such as La Comtesse Adèle/Le Comte Ory, Drusilla/The Coronation of Poppea and Samuel Pummill’s new opera Opera Noir. Other favorite roles include Gretel/Hansel und Gretel, Cendrillon/Cendrillon, and Julie Jordan/Carousel. This spring she made her debut with Transgressive Theatre-Opera in their concerts of Le Comte Ory and Letters of Love and Subterfuge, and also performed Finette in Offenbach’s Bagatelle and Sophie in von Suppe’s The Finishing School at Roosevelt University, where she has just finished with her M.M. in Voice Performance as a student of Judith Haddon.
Her oratorio repertoire includes the soprano solos in Schubert’s Mass in G and Samuel Pummill’s Transanguineal Requiem, and Marion in Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Her art song repertoire is more wide-ranging, with a special emphasis on American art song, including the works of emerging composer Jesse Hampsch.
Outside of singing, she is also a director, producer, and volunteer. In these roles, she is a facilitator of meaningful and empathetic programming that brings together community, inspires individuals, and shapes the character of patrons and performers alike. In 2019, Karen founded The Valkyrie Ensemble, a non-profit company whose mission is to promote and empower women in and through music. She is currently serving as the organization’s General and Artistic Director with several productions slated for the coming year. In her senior year of high school, she organized a 24-hour immersive Homeless Awareness event for her school while serving as the president of the Key Club (Kiwanis International). At the University of Idaho she served in leadership positions with student chapters of the American Choral Director’s Association and Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as serving as a student ambassador for both the Lionel Hampton School of Music and the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. As a director and producer, she has worked professionally with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre.
Karen also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Idaho, where she graduated magna cum laude. When she is not pursuing the arts, she loves to cuddle with her corgi, Rosie and read Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien and Harry Potter.
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