Karen Eckenroth is Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein College. In addition to her duties as Director of Vocal Activities and Opera Theatre, she also teaches studio voice and classes in Opera and Art Song Literature, Women in Music, and Vocal Diction and Pedagogy. She has also been conductor of both the Otterbein Vocal Ensemble and the Otterbein Women’s Chorale. As a singer, she has performed with the Tucson Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Central Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, The Springfield Symphony, and the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Her solo repertoire includes such works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in c minor, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Requiem. Opera credits include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Amahl’s mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief. In October of 2007, she premiered Twilight, a cycle of three songs on the poems of Christina Rossetti which was written for her by New York composer Richard Pearson Thomas.
Dr. Eckenroth received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance and pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University and her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice and choral conducting from The University of Arizona where she studied voice with Elizabeth Mosher and Paula Fan and conducting with Maurice Skones. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and past president of the Buckeye Chapter of NATS. She also belongs to the College Music Society, Opera America, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Eckenroth is also music director and organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bexley, Ohio.