Children’s Chorus Director (United States)
HGO Appearances: Tosca, The Little Prince. Previously: Otello (2014); Carmen (2014, 2006, 2000); La bohème (2012, 2008, 2002); Dead Man Walking (2011); Tosca (2010); A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009, 1993); Hansel and Gretel (2007, 2006, 1997); The Little Prince (2004, 2003); and many others. Member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for 13 seasons. Creator of the High School Voice Studio.
About the Artist:
Karen Reeves has prepared the Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus and child soloists since 1991, for such operas as Otello, Carmen, La bohème, Dead Man Walking, Tosca, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hansel and Gretel. In December, she will also direct the Children’s Chorus for The Little Prince, as she did for the opera’s world premiere at HGO in 2003 and its revival in 2004. She was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for 13 seasons, and during the 1999–2000 season, she became the founding director of the High School Voice Studio, HGO’s year-long intensive program for high school seniors preparing for further vocal music study. She received her bachelor of music degree from Southwestern University and her master of music degree from Rice University. She taught on the voice faculty at Houston Baptist University, and for more than 20 years she taught in the voice department of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as an artist consultant. She has served as a grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts music and opera advisory panel. She is the administrator for the opera program of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.