Friends University Student Assistant:
Honored to contribute to the organization which inspired her as a college music student, Karen became artistic director of WCCC in 2014. She passionately believes that music makes life better and has devoted her entire teaching career helping children learn about themselves and others as they develop their unique voices and create beautiful music. Karen currently is choral music educator at Maize South Middle School. She is a past recipient of the KMEA Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award and has served on the state boards of KMEA and the Kansas American Choral Director's Association. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education and theatre from Bethel College and earned her Master's Degree in Music Ed at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. When not involved in music, Karen enjoys time with her husband and three daughters, traveling and soaking in God's nature, and spending time with their beautiful horses and faithful Australian Shepherd.