The 2021-22 season marks Karen Sims eighth year as Director of the Wichita Community Children’s Choir. Karen passionately believes that music makes life better and has devoted her teaching career helping thousands of children find their voice and discover a love of creating beautiful music. Karen recently retired after 37 years as a choral music teacher. 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 earned her BA degree from Bethel College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Univeristy of Illinois,Champaign-Urbana. When her mind isn’t on WCCC, she loves to spend time with her grown daughters, travel, ride horses, and enjoy life with her husband, DJ.