Karen Nevins, M.A. in Performance
"Always seeking choral excellence!"


Lenawee Community Chorus, Fall, 2013 -

Lenawee Community Chorus is where my own choral singing of major works began under the direction of Dr. Art Jones, Adrian College. It was in LCC that I sang my first oratorio solo and where I gained the self-confidence and encouragement to pursue my own degree in Music Ed as a non-traditional student at E.M.U! I am incredibly thrilled to serve LCC as their new Conductor and Artistic Director with a goal of giving back to them many rich musical experiences similar to those that were provided to me in the mid-1980's.


2012 Ann Arbor Kiwaniis E3 Award

The 2012 E3 award was presented in recognition of Lincoln High School's Choral Program for Extraordinary Educational Excellence provided to Lincoln High School choral students.

MSVMA Teacher of the Year nomination

  • 2013 MSVMA Teacher of the Year finalist

Honors Choir Conducting Positions

  • 2012 University of Toledo HS Honors Choir
  • 2008 Lenawee County Arts Festival Honors Choir
  • 2008 MSVMA SSAA State Honors Choir Director - DeVos Auditorium, Grand Rapids - Jan 26, 2008
  • 2007 MSVMA (Region A) SATB Regional Honors Choir - Region A/Roscommon HS

Educational Scholarships

  • 1999 Carolyn Leep Scholarship Recipient for Graduate Study
  • 1993 Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honors Fraternity Inductee
  • 1992 Golden Key National Honors Choir Inductee
  • 1990-1993 EMU Helen R. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship Recipient
  • 1963 Blissfield Band Scholarhip Recipient (Interlochen Arts Academy All-State Program with Van Cliburn and Lucy Baines Johnson performing "Peter and The Wolf.")

Teaching Positions Held

  • Carillon Music Academy - Teacher of Voice/Piano, 2013
  • Lincoln Consolidated Schools - Director of Choral Activities, 1995-present
  • Model Elementary - General Music, Technology, 1995-1997
  • Grass Lake Schools - 1993-1995
  • Grass Lake High School Choir - Grades 9-12
  • Grass Lake Middle School Choir - Grades 7-8
  • George Long Elementary- K-6 General Music
  • Adrian College Adjunct Instructor - Applied Voice - 2000-2006
  • Adrian College Adjunct Instructor - Secondary Music Methods - Fall, 2001
  • Private Vocal Studio - 1984-present, School and Studio Voice Students flourished to succeed in preparing church performances, musical theatre auditions and for Superior Ratings in the following school festivals:

On-site Private Vocal Instruction

  • Lincoln High School - 1995-present
  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Summer, 2001
  • Grass Lake High School - 1993-1995
  • Monroe Music Conservatory - 1993-1994
  • Monroe High School - 1993-1994
  • Dundee High School -1992-1993
  • Clinton High School - 1991-1992
  • Lenawee Christian High School - 1991-1994

Other Voice/Choral Instruction

  • Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Summer, 2001

Carillon Women's Chorale

Carillon Women's Chorale was founded and directed by Karen Nevins in 2001 and continue to perform today. Carillon's goal is to perform excellent treble literature of all historic styles and periods, while seeking excellence in the performance. Carillon is an adult auditioned choir comprised of musically literate women of all ages and professions who are seeking to improve vocal technique and choral skills. Auditions are arranged through the director (karen@karennevins.com) Aug/Sept and Dec/Jan. The audition process seeks women with enthusiasm and commitment for the choral art, healthy vocal technique and the ability to read music notation. Child care can be made available during rehearsals for a reasonable fee.

Church Choir

Tecumseh Baptist Church - Fall, 1993 - Spring, 1996
Conducted weekly services and coordinated special holiday programs.