Karen was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College (B.A. in Vocal Performance) and of the University of Scranton (Master of Science in Educational Administration). Currently, she teaches at the Burgard Vocational High School. Karen is an accomplished pianist, professional vocalist, and expert choral conductor. Her inspiration to create music comes from growing up in a musical family and lifelong immersion in Buffalo NY’s musical community.
Karen plans to further her musical/artistic pursuits by teaching at the Ujima Theater’s Dunbar Project. She also will continue to enrich the community as the Music Coordinator for the Baptist Ministers Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, Minister of Music at the First Shiloh Baptist Church, Director of Music for the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention, and as an independently contracted artist for both vocal and instrumental projects as needed.