Head of Vocal Performance & Vocal Pedagogy
Soprano, Karen Brookens has enjoyed a rich and varied career that includes opera, oratorio, recital, and concert works throughout the United States and Canada. She has performed the roles of Cathleen in Riders to the Sea in Boston, MA, and Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All for Lyric Opera Theatre in Tempe, AZ. Recital credits include the complete songs of Henri Duparc performed widely in Arizona, as well as performances on the Temple Square Recital Series in Salt Lake City. Ms. Brookens has premiered the works of such composers as Judith Cloud, Michael Cunningham, and Mark Henderson. In December of 2010, she appeared as the soprano guest artist with the Utah Symphony on the Holiday Pops Concert with conductor Jerry Steichen
Karen’s particular interest lies in concert and chamber music where she has been a featured guest artist with the Arizona New Music Ensemble, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis. She has been a frequent guest artist on the Bonneville Chamber Festival Series at Weber State University and she has been a recurring soprano soloist in The Messiah with The Oratorio Society of Utah.
Ms. Brookens has taught vocal master classes on technique and interpretation throughout the United States. She has been a member of NATS since 1992 and has held various positions, from local to national, within the organization. Most recently, Ms. Brookens was the Cal-Western Regional Governor from 2006-2010. She received a doctor of musical arts degree from Arizona State University and now serves as professor of voice and vocal pedagogy and director of the opera program at Weber State University.