Karen Nevins, M.A. in Performance
Alto Soloist -  Opera and Oratorio

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Solo Performances

Numerous Private Family/Friend Weddings and Funerals

Concordia University, An Oratorio Festival, Brian Altevogt, Director

Karen performed "Their Land Brought Forth Frogs" from Israel In Egypt (Handel) on October 11, 2009. High School Choirs, Lincoln's Split Dimensions (Nevins, Director) with Milan (Powell, Director) and Lutheran Westland Lutheran performed three Oratorio Choruses with Concordia Choirs. Among the Oratorio choruses: Haydn's "The Heavens Are Telling"

Messiah, George F. Handel - Monroe (MI) IHM Motherhouse Concert Series, John C. Tyner, Director
  • Alto Soloist - December, 2008 (Catherine Brodie, Soprano; Matthew Snell, Tenor; Gerald Blanchard, Bass)
  • Alto Soloist - December, 2007(Catherine Brodie, Soprano; Matthew Snell, Tenor; Gerald Blanchard, Bass)
  • Alto Soloist - November, 2006 (Catherine Brodie, Soprano; Matthew Snell, Tenor; Gerald Blanchard, Bass)
  • Alto Soloist - November, 2005 (Jennifer Harding, Soprano; Jeffrey Willets, Tenor; John Tyner, Bass)
Michigan Director's Choir - European Tour - 2006

June 27-July 4, 2006 - The choir of Michigan Choral Directors and Spouses, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Blackstone (University of Michigan), performed a variety of historic and contemporary acappella literature of American Composers (Billings, Rorem, Michael Pratt, Hogan, etc) through Vienna, Melk Abbey, Salzburg, Rothenburg, Heidelburg, Neckerhausen, and London.

Rochester Community Chorus/Symphony

April 17, 2003 - Rochester (MI) Symphony Orchestra performing the Mozart "Requiem." Karen Nevins, Alto.

Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra - "Opera Gala"

March, 2002 - Dr. David Katz, Guest Conductor
Performing Una Voce Poco Fa; by Rossini and Stride La Vampa; by Verdi

Lenawee Community Chorus - First United Methodist Church

2002 - Adrian Symphony Orchestra and Lenawee Community Chorus performing Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria.
             (Elizabeth Major, Soprano; Karen Nevins, Alto)
2001 - Magnificat; by J.S. Bach (Alto Solos) - Dr. Tom Hodgman, Conductor
1999 - Messiah; by G. F. Handel (Alto Solos) - Dr. Tom Hodgman, Conductor

Albion College

1999 - Messiah; (Alto Solos), Dr. David Rose, Conductor

Eastern Michigan University

2001 - Chamber Choir, Dr. Leonard Riccinto, Conductor
2000 - Chamber Choir, Dr. Leonard Riccinto, Conductor
1999 - Collegium Musicum, Dr. Anthony Iannaccone, Conductor
1997 - Carnegie Hall tour with EMU Festival Chorus.
             Alto Soloist in Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" - Sir David Willcocks, Conductor
1993 - University Chamber Choir - Dr. Leonard Riccinto, Conductor

  • Performed the Seguidilla aria; from Carmen at Sylvania Northview High School (Ohio), Monroe High School, Traverse City High School, Northwest Michigan College, Kalamazoo College

1993 - University Choir - Festival of Carols, Dr. Leonard Riccinto, Conductor
1993 - Collegium Musicum - Dr. Anthony Iannaccone, Conductor
1991 - 1993 - EMU Opera Workshop performances.

Choral Conducting/Honors

Carillon Women's Chorale - Karen Nevins, Founding Conductor

Carillon was founded in 2001 to perform one concert prior to beginning preparation to perform in Nevins' EMU Master Degree Recital Project. That recital was performed in Towsley Auditorium, WCC in May, 2002. Nevins took a two-year medical/orthopedic hiatus and Carillon Women's Chorale was revived and has continued performing since 2004. Carillon has toured throughout southern Michigan to perform with VocaLyrica, Trillium, and the OSU Women's Glee Club in a 2007 ACDA-Michigan Women's Choral Festival in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In 2008 the performed in the ACDA-Michigan Intergenerational Women's Choral Festival in Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. They have performed in concert with the John Tyner Chorale and with the RRCA Youth Chorus (Monroe). In 2010 they will perform two concerts with the Livingston County Women's Choirs. They will tour to perform in the Pieta and Incurabili in Venice, Italy under the direction of Joan Whittemore. In 2013, they are planning a performance tour to Ireland.

2012 University of Toledo High School Honors choir

Included singers from SE Michigan and NW Ohio - Karen Nevins, Guest Conductor

2012 ACDA-Michigan Fall Conference (C.M.U.)

HS Split Dimensions selected to perform conducted by Karen Nevins

2012 Michigan Music Conference - MSVMA Choral Hour

LHS Split Dimensions Selected to perform conducted by Karen Nevins

2008 MSVMA State SSAA Honors Choir - Karen Nevins, Conductor

Michigan Music Conference - DeVos Auditorium, Sat, January 28th, 2008

2007 MSVMA Region A SATB Honors Choir (Upper Lower Peninsulaa - Karen Nevins, Conductor

Roscommon High School - December 8, 2007.

2008 Lenawee Arts Festival Honors Choir

Karen Nevins, Conductor

Select High School students from throughout Lenawee County participated under Nevins' direction in a one-day Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the LISD and held at Adrian College in March, 2008. As a finale to the evening's concert, choir and band students collaborated to perform an original work composed by Lenawee County composer, Michael Pratt.

Post Graduate Choral Performance

VocaLyrica - Australia/New Zealand Tour - Sydney Opera House - 2007

June 23 - July 7th, 2007 - Performed with VocaLyrica, a Women's Chorale out of Big Rapids, Conducted by Virginia Kerwin, with other Women's Choirs under the direction of Dr. Charlotte Adams, Denver, CO.

Michigan Director's Choir - Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Conductor

European Tour through Austria, Germany, and London - June 23 - July 4th, 2006

EMU Chamber Choir

2000-2001 - Graduate student

Northwest Ohio Women's Chorus

1999 - Charter Choral Member

John Tyner Chorale

1997-1999 and 2001-2002 - Charter Choral Member

Wedding, Funeral & Anniversary Repertoire

Life Celebrations require significant thought and planning to satisfy the personal needs of the Bride and Groom or the family of a deceased loved one. For most young couples, there is so much else to be concerned with in making wedding and reception preparations, that selecting the wedding music is often overwhelming. It is important to decide whether the ceremony will be traditional or contemporary--or a combination thereof. Christian services vary, based upon tradition, and I can be of assistance to you in facilitating those decisions. Likewise, I can be of service in arranging instrumentalists as needed. Below, I have listed some repertoire suggestions. I am also happy to accommodate additional repertoire requests when necessary. What is not in my personal library can usually be purchased.

Instrumental and Processional Options

  • Air from Water Music Suite (Handel)
  • Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Wagner>
  • Canon in D (Pachabel)
  • A Festival Fanfare
  • The Hornpipe (Handel)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
  • Ode To Joy
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  • Trumpet Tune (Clarke)
  • Wedding March from "Midsummer's Night's Dream" (Mendelssohn)
  • Wedding Processional from "Sound of Music" (Rogers/Hammerstein)

Congregational Hymns

  • Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
  • How Great Thou Art (Wedding Blessing Text)
  • Edelweis (May The Lord Bless You/Wedding Text)
  • Lead Me, Lord
  • Blessed Are Those Who Love You (Responsorial Psalm)

Solo Repertoire - Classical Sacred/Secular

  • Alma Mia (My Beloved) from "Floridante"
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Ave Maria (Gounod)
  • The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)
  • Bist Du Bei Mir (Be Thou with Me) (Bach)
  • Caro Mio Ben(My Dearest One) (Giordani)
  • Du Bist Die Rue (You are the peace) (Schubert)
  • Gentle Shepherd (Gaither)
  • Irish Blessing (Moore)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
  • My True Love Hath My Heart (c. 1554)
  • O Del Mio Dolce Ardor
  • Ombra Mai Fu (Oh Never there a shadow of branches) from "Xerxes"(Handel)
  • Ose Shalom (The One Who Makes Peace)(Hirsch)
  • Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy) (Franck)
  • Pur ti miro, pur ti godo (Monteverdi)
  • Se tu m'ami (If You Love Me) (Pergolesi)
  • Simple Gifts (Copeland)
  • Sous le dome epais (Duet) from "Lakme" (Delibes)
  • The Lords Prayer (Malotte)
  • Where E're You Walk from "Semele" (Handel)
  • The Wedding (Card)
  • Widmung (Dedication) (Schuman)

Solo Repertoire - Contemporary Secular

  • All I Ask of You (Solo/Duet) from "Phantom of the Opera" (Lloyd Webber)
  • Amazed (Lindsey>
  • And On This Day
  • Annie's Song (John Denver)
  • Always And Forever (Tempeton)
  • At Last (Warren)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love (Weiss/Peretti/Creatore)
  • Can't Help Lovin' that Man of Mine from "Porgy and Bess"
  • Could I Have This Dance (Ann Murray)
  • Endless Love (Lionel Richie)
  • Every Thing I Do I Do It For You from "Robin Hood" (Brian Adams)
  • From This Moment (Shania Twain)
  • From This Day On from "Brigadoon" (Loewe)
  • For All We Know (Karlin)
  • Forever As Far As I'll Go
  • Grow Old with Me (Lennon)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Morrison)
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song (King)
  • How Deep Is Your Love (The Gibbs)
  • I Finally Found Someone from "The Mirror has Two Faces" (Streisand)
  • I'll Still be Loving You (Cerney)
  • If I Loved You from "Carousel" (Rodgers/Hammerstein)
  • In My Life (Lennon/McCartney)
  • Irish Wedding Song (Betteridge)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Just You and I (Myers)
  • Love Me With All Your Heart (Martinoli)
  • Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
  • Melody of Love (Englemann)
  • My Heart Belongs To You (Amore Un' Altra ) (Washington)
  • More (than the greatest love)
  • Nobody Loves Me Like You Do (Dunne)
  • One Hand, One Heart from "West Side Story" (Bernstein)
  • Only God Could Love You More
  • Perhaps Love (John Denver)
  • Somewhere from "West Side Story" (Bernstein)
  • Somewhere In Time (Barry)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow from "The Wizard of Oz" (Arlen)
  • Speak Softly Love from "The Godfather" (Kusik)
  • Sunrise, Sunset from "Fiddler on the Roof" (Bock)
  • The Gift of Love
  • The Rose (McBroom)
  • The Wedding Song/There is Love(Stookey)
  • This I Promise You (Richard Marx)
  • This Is Our Finest Hour
  • Till there was You from "The Music Man" (Wilson)
  • The Time Of My Life (Markowitz)
  • Today (John Denver/Sparks)
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Masser/Goffin)
  • Try To Remember
  • True Love (Cole Porter)
  • Up Where We Belong from "An Officer and A Gentleman" (Buffy Sainte Marie)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern)
  • We've Only Just Begun (Karen Carpenter/Williams)
  • When I Fall in Love from "Sleepless in Seattle" (Stoltzman)
  • When I Need You (Carole Bayer Sager)
  • Wherever You Go
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • With You I'm Born Again (Shire)
  • You Are So Beautiful to Me (Fisher)
  • You Light Up My Life (Leann Rimes)

Solo Repertoire - Anniversary Celebrations

  • Anniversary Song (Al Jolson/Chaplin)
  • Anniversary Waltz (Al Dubin/Dave Franklin)
  • Could I Have This Dance (Holyfield/House)
  • Try To Remember (Schmidt)
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Friedman)
  • L-O-V-E (Gabler)
  • May You Always (McGuire Sisters)
  • Open Arms (Steve Perry)
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
  • Unforgettable (Gordon)

Funeral Repertoire

  • Amazing Grace
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Deep River (Burleigh)
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • On Eagle's Wings
  • Steal Away (Burleigh)
  • More updates forthcoming ...