On the concert stage, Ms. Albert has given stirring performances of works such as Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Gaylord Community Orchestra) and Libby Larsen’s Raspberry Island Dreaming (Alpena Symphony Orchestra). In the spring of 2022, she was the alto soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Holland Symphony Orchestra) and was the alto soloist for Lili Boulanger's choral piece Hymne au Soleil (Vox GR.) A frequent performer of oratorio literature, Karen has also sung the alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem (First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant, First Presbyterian Church of Alma), Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum (Choral Society of Grand Rapids), John Rutter’s Requiem (Grand Rapids Symphony), and selections from Bach’s Magnificat (Grand Rapids Symphony/Park Congregational Church). She has been a featured recitalist in the First Park Congretional Church Music at Midday concert series as well as the Music Matters lecture and concert series at Cornerstone University. Other notable solo engagements include performances at Little Stone Church (Mackinac Island, MI), historic St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, MI), Fountain Street Church (Grand Rapids, MI), and First United Methodist Church (Grand Rapids, MI).
In addition to her work as a soloist, Karen is also a member of Grand Rapids' premiere fully professional choral ensemble Vox GR. She has appeared as an ensemble member with Red Shift Choir of Baton Rouge, LA, and has been featured with the Pine Mountain Music Festival as an UPStart Young Artist. She received training in choral singing from the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO.
Recent opera credits include the role of “Katisha” in The Mikado (CMU Opera Theater), “Mrs. McClean” in Susannah (West Michigan Opera Project), “Carmen” from Carmen in an opera scenes collage (Operaret), “Cio Cio San’s Mother” in Madama Butterfly (Soo Opera), “The Sandman” in Hansel and Gretel (Comic Opera Guild), and “June” in a recorded version of Victor Herbert’s The Girl in the Spotlight (Comic Opera Guild). Karen has also performed as a chorus member for various opera productions with Opera Grand Rapids, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and MSU Opera Theater.
As a musicologist, Ms. Albert has given paper presentations on French-Canadian folk song literature at conferences in Calgary, AB, Canada and Chicago, IL. She has also presented lecture recitals on various topics, including theological interpretations of J.S. Bach’s oratorio arias and the parallels between ancient and modern vocal literature. She holds master's degrees in musicology and voice performance from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University respectively.
Karen is a staff singer with historic Park Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and with the Diocese of Grand Rapids. She has taught music history and vocal courses at Cornerstone University and Alma College. She has also taught voice students at both the Michigan State University and Central Michigan University Community Music Schools. Currently an Emerging Artist with Vocal Artist Management Services, her upcoming engagements for the 2022/2023 season include the role of "Queen Priss" in a recording of the children's musical The Balachian Prince as well as appearances with the Beaver Island Festival Chorus at the 2022 Baroque on Beaver music festival and Vox GR in Grand Rapids, MI.
Karen is a proud native of Luce County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.