Karen began piano lessons at the young age of five and continued with them through to university.  She received her ARCT in piano performance and completed her Bachelor of Music at UBC with piano as her principal instrument.  Her teachers were David Vandereyk and Terence Dawson.  She has participated and won prizes in local festivals, and in 2008, she placed first on piano in the Capilano College Scholarship Competition.  Later that year, she was the featured piano soloist with the Capilano Wind Ensemble, playing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  She has performed at seniors’ homes, for special events in the community, and has had several recitals of her own in Ladner and Point Roberts, WA.  She has also accompanied singers and instrumentalists and played piano for elementary and high school choirs.

Karen loves teaching piano and has taught privately since 2005.  She has had students ranging in age from 4 to around 70 and ranging also in level.  She uses various different method books depending on what fits the student best.  Karen is currently on faculty as a piano instructor at the Vancouver International School of Music, White Rock Campus and is a member of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association for piano and music theory.  She also currently accompanies the Holly Elementary Choir in Ladner.

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