Karen Beres

Karen BeresKaren Beres maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative performer in the US and Canada.  She has been invited to perform as guest artist on several concert series, including a tour of six universities throughout the eastern US as a member of the Beres-Budai Piano Duo.  Beres also serves as pianist for the Bel Canto Company, a professional choral ensemble that has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.”  Recent collaborations include concerto performances with the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra and the North Carolina School of the Arts Percussion Ensemble, and a recording project with horn and percussion faculty from Indiana State University.  In addition, she makes regular recital appearances with acclaimed tenor, Robert Bracey.  A contemporary music specialist, Beres has commissioned and premiered solo works by Marilyn Shrude and Michael Albaugh.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Beres earned an undergraduate degree in music education with high honors from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, where she was granted the distinction of being named a Presidential Leadership Scholar.  Graduate degrees include an MM in Piano Performance (Bowling Green State University, OH) and a DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (University of Oklahoma).  Her performance teachers include Edward Gates, Virginia Marks, William Fairlamb, and Timothy Blair, and she has coached with John Perry.

Karen serves on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts.  Previous university teaching appointments include positions at the University of Oklahoma and Bowling Green State University.  She also served as a member of the accompanying faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp for several seasons.  She has been published in Piano Pedagogy Forum and Keyboard Companion.  Karen is a nationally certified teacher of music (NCTM) and is an active member of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.


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