Karen Bergquist Lüth, studio owner, teacher, former Kindermusik mom
Like many children Karen always loved having a song in her head. This early love of music has sustained her through years of experience working with children and music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Thereafter she continued her studies with Samuel Baron of the Julliard School in New York and earned a Master of Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Iowa where she studied baroque and modern flute with Betty Mather. She continued on to do her PhD work in Musicology at Stanford University where she studied baroque flute with Robert Claire, of the acclaimed French baroque orchestra Les Arts Florissants. Karen performs actively in an around Germany in Baroque orchestras and ensembles. Equally at home in historical and modern styles, Karen has premiered numerous new works in close collaboration with composers as part of Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Darmstadt, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Stanford’s Center for Research in Music and Acoustics, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music.
As a performer, historian and flute teacher she has helped nurture this inner song in many children and young adults, and has been inspired as they have carried this music with them into their lives. Karen aims to create a musical experience that will engage children and their families in the fun and excitement of exploration in movement and song.
She’s learned from some of the world’s best flutists and is eager to share their inspiration!
Mary is a 2010 piano performance graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As an undergraduate, Mary was an active member in numerous organizations, including collegiate president for Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA), vice president in the music organization Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), and accompanist for the university’s opera workshop. In addition, Mary also participated in the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna in the Summer of 2009, resided as church accompanist, and has enjoyed accompanying numerous recitals and weddings.
In order to further her own education and in turn provide the best instruction possible, Mary continues to attend conferences, lectures, and recitals, as well as follow current literature and news in the music community. She is also a member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA). She has enjoyed offering her time as the children’s choir director as well as playing piano for the International Christian Community of Provence church (ICCP) in France.
Mary has been teaching piano lessons since 2005.
Sashell is known best for her warm soprano sound and captivating stage presence. Among others, she has been featured as Musetta in a semi-staged version of Puccini’s La Bohème with Center Stage Opera in California. With this company she went on to sing such roles as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as well as covering Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. She moved to Germany in 2014 and shortly after was cast in the ensemble of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Das Phantom der Oper in Hamburg. Most recently she was seen as Despina in Così fan tutte with the Bergedorfer Musiktage, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with The Berlin Opera Group. Upcoming performances include Ellé in Aquí no huele a tierra mojada a world premier by Juan Carlos Villaseñor Patiño with Ópera de Hidalgo which will be performed in Mexico City, and later this year in Die Fee in Prinzessin der Feen with Opernloft in Hamburg.
Before moving, she obtained her musical degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University of Long Beach. Her studies have been enhanced by Masterclasses by Carol Vaness, Dolores Ziegler, Sheryl Studer, Roberta Alexander, Sheri Greenawald, Neil Semer, Edith Mathis, and Janet Williams, to name a few. In 2012 she was the first prize winner of the Rio Hondo Young Artist Competition, in 2013 the Beverly Hills Concert Series, and finalist in many more. She has also participated in many opera summer programs including Opera Works’ Advanced Artist Program, CoOperative, and The Opera Academy of California. She also has much orchestral concert experience including Mahler’s 4th Symphony, the Coronation Mass by Mozart and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells.
Kathryn studied with Ms. Overholt at Queens College, from which she received her MA in Vocal Performance in May 2012. She also studied vocal performance at Hofstra University with Tammy Hensrud. In the Spring of 2016, Kathryn premiered the role of Winifred in Friedelind’s Wahnfried, in its world premiere at Wahnfried in Bayreuth, Germany. In May, she returned to Carnegie Hall as a soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem, having made her solo debut there in 2013 as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Most recently on the operatic stage, Kathryn made her role debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Opera Theater of Montclair in New Jersey. She has also worked with them in outreach performances of Die Zauberflöte as the Königin der Nacht. Other roles Kathryn has sung are: Violetta in La Traviata with the Long Island Opera Company and the Bronx Opera Company; the title role in Suor Angelica with the Festival of the Aegean and at Queens College; the Lady with the Tattoos in Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro; Musetta in La Bohéme; Micaela in Carmen, and Blanchein Dialogues of the Carmelites. In July 2013, she made her international debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. There, she also sang Mme. Goldentrill in Mozart’s The Impresario as part of the Greek Opera Studio. In August 2013, Kathryn participated in the Berlin Opera Studio in conjunction with the Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth, where she sang scenes from Verdi’s La Traviata in the Stadhalle in Bayreuth. As a soloist with orchestra, Kathryn has been featured with the New York Virtuosi Singers, Gemini Youth Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Philharmonic, OperaOggi, as soloist at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, and the Brooklyn Queens Conservatory Summer Opera Series, singing music such as the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Joel Mandelbaum’s The Past is Now, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and the Seven Last Words of Christ by both Dubois and Franck, among many others.
A born performer, Audrey feels lucky to say that music has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Whether it was making home movies with friends and family in elementary school, parading around on stage in middle school musical productions, or the piano, viola and voice lessons she took throughout high school, Audrey’s relationship with music has always been a rewarding and passionate one.
After earning her Bachelors Degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance and German from the School of Literature, Science and the Arts, she spent a year in Frankfurt, Germany working as an Au Pair for two beautiful little girls. Although the eldest of all her cousins, and well versed in the areas of diaper change and babysitting, it was this time abroad in Frankfurt that opened Audrey’s eyes to what an incredible, rewarding experience working with children is. After finishing her year in Frankfurt, she moved to Hamburg, Germany to pursue her Master’s in Music (Opera Performance).
Becoming a Licensed Kindermusik® Educator has allowed Audrey to combine so many of her passions and bear witness to the joy, development and love of music Kindermusik helps inspire in children and adults of all ages. As a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, Audrey is excited to work with you and your children and share the love she has found in music with you and your family!
Born in Kimberley, South Africa, Charmel has been on stage since the age of 6. Having fallen in love with Ballet at a very young age she enjoyed many years of being part of an ensemble, soloist & using her voice to be a part of the Musicals staged whilst in Primary & High School & University. In 2008 she joined the ensemble of Disneys “Der König der Löwen” as a dancer after having just completed her Dance Diploma from Tswane University of Technology. There she tred the boards for 5 yrs doing 8 shows a week. In 2013 she gave birth to her daughter & in 2016 to her son. After the birth of her son, she completed her Kindermusik Teacher Training. In her spare time she teaches Pilates & Hot Pilates & enjoys taking her kids to activities such as Kindermusik.