Dr. Karen Rees, is a Canadian American coloratura soprano, currently in her second year of teaching applied voice at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre. She holds a Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Northwestern University (2002), a graduate diploma in opera performance from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada, 1987), a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance and music education from the University of Calgary (Canada, 1986), and a Bachelor of Education degree with an emphasis on choral music from the University of Lethbridge (Canada, 1989). Certified as a Level III Teacher in Somatic Voicework™; The LoVetri Method, Dr. Rees embraces a teaching philosophy that encompasses all genres and styles of singing.
Her operatic performance credits include Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) , The Dew Fairy and Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Edith (Pirates of Penzance) with Edmonton Opera, Cunegonde (Candide) and Miss Silverpeal (The Impressario) with Calgary Opera, and many other coloratura roles. Musical roles performed include The Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Guinevere (Camelot). Dr. Rees has performed as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony of the Shores and as a guest recitalist at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Prior to moving to Texas in 2007, Dr. Rees instructed applied voice at Keyano College, the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory, and Northwestern University.