Karen is a very determined instrumentalist and has been perfecting her talent on both the violin and viola since the age of seven. Karen is an adjunct instructor for violin and viola for Sarasota County District Schools, is a strings instructor for The Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp, and is a cofounder and codirector of the Venice Area Youth String Ensemble. Karen is a current and founding member of The Venice Symphony and sat as Principal 2nd violin and Principal viola for several years. Karen regulary performs as a solo musician and is a member of several small ensembles for weddings, receptions, and other private and corporate events. Some of her favorite accomplishments as a musician include performing on violin with the Celtic Woman, recording artist for Carl Fischer educational music publishing company, being chosen to play viola on the Florida leg of the 2011 Barry Manilow concert tour, and being selected and graciously performing the role of Concertmaster for the North Port Symphony now entering her 6th season. Karen is a strong leader and is well respected among her peers in many musical settings.