Summer Music – Karen Becker on 30 June at 10am
Date Published: June 28, 2024

Continuing our Summer Music Series, we welcome special music with Karen Becker. Her performance will take place at the 10am service on Sunday, June 30.

Karen Becker, pianist, serves as professor and department chair at SUNY Plattsburgh. A Wisconsin native, she spent her formative years in New York City and Colorado. Some of her fondest musical memories of New York are working with the Philip Glass Ensemble and Alan Ginsberg on “Hydrogen Jukebox” at BAM, and playing contemporary music at MOMA with John Cage, who told her, during a piece that used traffic sounds and the rustle of papers in the wind, that she was “sitting quietly too loudly.” In Colorado, Becker served as principal keyboard of the Colorado Symphony, and as pianist/conductor with the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

She has appeared as a soloist and collaborative artists in concerts at Essex, Westport, Keene Valley, served as piano faculty at UVM, and as a principal coach for the Green Mountain Opera Festival in Barre and Montpelier, as well as serving as Artistic Director of Champlain Valley Voices, based in Plattsburgh.

Karen holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the University of Wisconsin. Her primary teachers include Christopher Taylor, Samuel Sanders, Marshall Williamson, Margo Garrett.