Meet the Music Director of The Addams Family and The Music Man! Karen Keating has been a Music Director and conductor for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre since 1995 and has conducted a number of musicals including West Side Story, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Legally Blonde, South Pacific, Peter Pan, Crazy for You, and Shrek, The Musical. She is also in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
She is Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she directs Shenandoah Chorus and Cantus Singers. A teacher of conducting, she has been on the faculty since 1989.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University and has Diplomas in organ performance and choral conducting from the University of Salzburg “Mozarteum.” She has a Doctoral degree in performance from Shenandoah University and studied with Grammy award winner Robert Shafer.
While in Austria, Karen studied with several renowned conductors including Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Prestel, Walter Hagen-Groll and Nicholas Harnoncourt. She served as the director of the Robert Schollum Chor Hallein, and as the accompanist and assistant director of the Salzburger Liedertafel.
At Shenandoah, Karen has been the accompanist for many faculty and student recitals as well as choir master for numerous opera productions, including the premiere of Russell Woolen’s The Birthday of the Infanta, which was performed at the Kennedy Center. She has participated as a performer and conductor for various recitals and concerts within the Bach/Handel festival.
Karen has performed with The Washington Chorus as the mezzo-soprano soloist on their concert tours to Germany, Austria, and France. Karen has also collaborated with colleagues Michael Forest and Byron Jones on two CD projects: “Behold that Star,” a collection of Christmas spirituals with Forest, which was produced as a fund-raiser for the American Red Cross, and “What Have You Done to My Heart,” a collection of French cabaret songs with Jones.