Casper College Departments of Music and Visual Arts
storytelling in art and song
Karen Clift, Soprano
Photo © 2013 Adam Jahiel
Used by permission
Friday, February 28, 2014
Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall
General Admission Seating
$10 for adults
$5 for students
(must present student ID at door)
Tickets are also available for purchase on campus in the Music Building, room 137 M-F from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
featuring portraits by Casper College faculty member Justin Hayward,
in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery
Karen Clift, soprano
Eric Unruh, piano
in the Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall
Karen Clift, Biography:
Since the start of her career in 1989, singing Messiah with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Wyoming soprano, Karen Clift has performed with numerous symphony orchestras throughout North America, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, SPCO, Boston Baroque, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony and Robert Shaw Chorale, Vancouver Symphony and many other American symphonies and choral arts societies. She was soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Baltimore Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Her live performances have been featured on public radio stations throughout the country.
A devoted recitalist and chamber musician, Karen performs American song, beloved lieder and song from many countries and eras. Last year she performed “From Baroque to Broadway”, a recital and master class tour of Sweden with pianist Stephanie Wendt. She has toured the American Midwest and West performing countless recitals over the past two decades with her friend and collaborator John Churchwell, currently the head of music at San Francisco Opera and faculty member at Music Academy of the West. She was a featured chamber soloist at Music in the Vineyards, Music in the Parks, The Grand Teton Music Festival, and Festival of the Lakes and frequently sings with Minnesota’s Blue Baroque Band. She performed in recital at New York City’s Ethical Cultural Society with cellist Andre Emelianoff, and she frequently premieres and programs the work of American composer David Evan Thomas. She was a featured recitalist in The Saint Paul Summer Song Festival, which concluded the Schubert Club’s 125th Anniversary Season; the recital was broadcast on MPR.
Her recordings, both nominated for Grammy Awards, are Handel’s Messiah and Monteverdi’s Vespers, 1610 with Boston Baroque on the Telarc Label. In addition to her classical singing career, Karen is a committed voice teacher of over twenty years, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and currently sings and plays keyboard in the eclectic pop trio, Wren.