Coordinator of Keyboard Area
Karen Laubengayer, Pianist and Professor of Music at Jackson State University, has performed in Europe at the American Academy of the Arts in Verona, Italy and the L’Ecole Hindemith in Vevey, Switzerland. In the United States she has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and the International Art Song Festival in Cleveland, OH. She has appeared as guest pianist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, The St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, MS and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in Meridian, MS. In addition she has presented lecture recitals on the National and International stage at the National Convention of the College Music Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, OR; The National Convention of NATS in Salt Lake City, UT; International Conferences at the University of London Institute of Education and at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, England. She has studied and coached with many renowned artists and pedagogues including Jane Allen, William Schatzkamer, Claudio Arrau, Dalton Ballwin, Warren Jones and Sandra Rivers. Dr. Laubengayer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the Masters and Ph.D degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.