Please note: This class is a two-session class and only available to those students that auditioned and were a part of the team in winter. No new students may register. Thank you!
Psalm 150 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” That is exactly what we will do in this two-session audition class. Building on the foundation of singing as worship to the Giver of the gift, students will focus on vocal skills and abilities and be challenged with more difficult sight singing exercises, technique training, and musical comprehension. Students are expected to be able to hold their own parts and properly blend when singing in duets, trios, and small groups. More challenging pieces will be used and performed in this class. This advanced class is a wonderful opportunity for the serious vocalist!
Karen Archbold received a Bachelor of Music Performance from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. Karen continued her studies in Bremen, Germany at the Hochschule fur Kunste. In 2017, Karen won first prize in the Fox Valley Rising Stars Competition. In 2016, she was the Sinfonietta Bel Canto's Voice Competition First Place Winner. She was a 2014 and 2015 finalist in the American Prize Vocal Division and runner-up for the American Prize Chicago Music Theatre Award. She has appeared as Flora in La Traviata, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Abuela in La Vida Breve, Katisha in the Mikado and Berthe in Barber of Seville. She has recently performed with the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, the Belle Ensemble and Duo Striata. Karen is currently pursuing certification with Total Vocal Freedom, a holistic approach to singing incorporating the discoveries of F.M.Alexander. Karen is the mother of three girls and maintains a private voice studio in Wheaton. She loves teaching and helping students to discover their unique and special voices.