Karen Nell-Bennett, M.Mus.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Karen Nell-Bennett has been active in the musical community from an early age and completed her Masters in Music in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta in 2004. She has often served as a soloist both in operatic roles, such as Susanna (La Nozze di Figaro) and in the choral setting, including the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, under the baton of Maestro Ivars Taurins and as soprano soloist for Eleanor Daley’s Requiem, a role awarded her by the composer. She began her early choral training as a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, progressing to university ensembles including the award-winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers and has represented both Newfoundland and Alberta in the National Youth Choir of Canada. Karen has served as Choral Assistant for the Richard Eaton Singers (Edmonton), as Assistant Conductor for the many choirs of Gower Street United Church in Newfoundland and has been both accompanist and Associate Director of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Calgary in 2004, she has been immersed in the choral community, with positions including Founding Director of Revoice!, Assistant Director of the Calgary Boys Choir and Director of the Westwinds Music Society Mixed Choir. Currently, Karen is the Choir Director at Symons Valley United Church, Director of TransCanada Pipelines choir, TransCanada in Harmony and Director of the Westside Singers. In addition to her choral work, she runs a successful voice and piano instruction studio, KnB Music Ltd.