From Berkeley to Hong Kong, contralto Karen Clark’s performances of medieval to modern music have received high praise. Recent San Francisco Bay Area appearances include, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky's Svadebka, and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder. In new music, Karen has premiered numerous chamber works by leading composers, such as, Ben Johnston, Fred Frith, and Joseph Schwantner. The Los Angeles Times called Karen's premiere of Ben Johnston's Parable, "stunning." Recent recordings include On Cold Mountain: Songs on Poems of Gary Snyder, with the Galax Quartet (Innova). Karen's new CD release with Vajra Voices, O Eterne Deus: Music of Hildegard von Bingen(Music & Arts) is acclaimed by the San Francisco Chronicle, which says, "The music of Hildegard von Bingen is rendered here with heartfelt elegance." Karen has performed and recorded with world leading ensembles, such as, Sequentia, Boston Camerata, Ensemble P.A.N., Waverly Consort, New York Early Music (Fred Renz), and Joshua Rifkin's Bach Ensemble. Karen holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music where she studied with the legendary artists Virginia Zeani, and Thomas Binkley. A devoted voice teacher and practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, Karen has developed a somatic approach to vocal instruction which she offers in private studios (Oakland & Petaluma, CA) and workshops throughout the U.S. Karen has taught in the music departments of Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Sonoma State, in the Thornton School of Music of USC, and U.C. Berkeley.
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