Karen Brunssen

Mezzo Soprano, Associate Professor of Voice, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Co-Chair of Music Performance.

Ms. Brunssen’s singing career has spanned over 30 years including performances with national and international orchestras and opera companies.  Noted for her spirited and inspiring presentations, Ms. Brunssen is a frequent guest clinician, master teacher, panelist, and adjudicator for music schools and organizations including the 2011 and 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing workshops in Milwaukee and Memphis. She has participated in workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the Classical Singer Conference and Convention, the Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, the Illinois Choral Directors’ Association, the Iowa Choral Directors’ Association, and Chorus America.

In 2008, 2009, and 2010, Ms. Brunssen was invited to do a week-long teaching residency at Cambridge University in England as a guest of Clare College, where she gave voice lessons, master classes, and workshops. She is a former president of the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild and a former president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing where she started the Annual Vocal Competition that has grown to involve over 400 singers from the Chicagoland area.

Her recent article, “The Evolving Voice: Profound at Every Age,” appeared in the ACDA Choral Journal, August, 2010, and included recorded examples of singing from 3 months to 103 years of age, highlighting the life-cycle of voices, professional and amateur, through many years of singing.