The Carillon Women’s Chorale was originally founded by Karen Nevins in 2001 to feature music composed for the young female musicians of the 18th century Venetian Ospedali in Karen’s EMU master recital. By their request to continue, Carillon now celebrates fifteen years of song. Carillon is comprised of women from all walks of life to include amateur and professional singers/ teachers with a passion for singing. With more recent numbers reaching nearly 30 singers, Carillon women have toured throughout Michigan. They toured to perform in Australia’s Sydney Opera House, in New York’s Lincoln Center and will tour to Carnegie Hall (NYC) in April, 2017.
Since 2012 Carillon has enjoyed three Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra collaborations and will join three other choruses for A2SO’s May, 2017 performance of four Verdi opera choruses. Carillon has collaborated for concerts with the Livingston County Women’s Chorus, VocaLyrica, Trillium, Lenawee Community Chorus, Chiaroscuro Men’s Ensemble, EMU Women’s Chorus, Lincoln High School Split Dimensions, Dearborn High School Women’s Chorus, Agora Chorale, and community children’s choruses. In keeping with Carillon’s philosophy to encourage and support young treble voices, they have provided scholarships to young soloists and collaborative high school women’s choirs. Carillon has enjoyed three ACDA-MI inter-generational Women’s Choral Festivals. By blind audition, Carillon was one of eight ensembles selected to perform in concert at the 2015 ACDA-MI State conference. This year, Carillon will celebrate official non-profit status. Auditions can be arranged through the director. Visit us for updates on Facebook and/or on our website at: http://carillonchorale.com.
Karen S. Nevins holds two degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She has taught voice and piano privately since 1984 and taught EMU piano labs several semesters. Karen retired in 2013 after teaching choral music and piano for twenty years in southeast Michigan public schools. Throughout her years of teaching, her choirs excelled to First Division and Superior festival ratings. Over the years, Karen has served as both a co-operative teacher and has mentored many EMU and UM student teachers.
An Adrian College adjunct, Karen taught Applied Voice and Secondary Choral Methods over five years. A Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) adjudicator/ clinician since 1992, Karen also served in multiple other leadership and festival hosting capacities. She was elected to conduct the 2008 MSVMA State SSAA Honors Choir and was voted to the final ballot for MSVMA 2012 Teacher of the Year. In retirement, Karen received the 2015 MSVMA Emeritus Membership award. Karen also conducted high school honor choirs for the 2008 and 2014 Lenawee Fine Arts Festivals and the 2012 University of Toledo High School Festival.
An active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) since 1992, Karen has held ACDA-Michigan executive board offices continuously since 1999 and served on the conference committee for fifteen state conferences. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) since 1992, Karen served four years as NATS-Michigan Treasurer. Karen’s articles on choral pedagogy and repertoire were published in ACDA-MI publications. She also presented in sessions at both MSVMA and ACDA-MI conferences. She is honored to have been recognized in numerous professional “Who’s Who” publications. Karen and her husband, Ken, enjoy memorable moments in their historic Blissfield home with their three married children and ten beautiful grandchildren.