Karen Lyu
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Karen Lyu

Karen L.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Improve your voice and express your soul with a holistic voice coach/vocalist/actor with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of beginning and intermediate students. Wish you could be more confident when you speak or sing? Want a clear and healthy voice that you can use effectively? ​I used to have major problems with my voice! I can relate. ​Want simple, memorable solutions that work? Enjoy many styles of music, like pop, jazz, gospel, folk, oldies, rock, blues, R&B, soul, Latin, world music, Broadway, and more? You can choose music you like! I have experience professionally performing and teaching all of these styles.

About Karen L.

Karen is a sought after holistic voice expert and an award-winning jazz singer/songwriter/actor US expat now based in Seoul, South Korea. She has been fortunate to travel and perform in the US, South Korea, Europe, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Brazil. She is internationally respected for her eHow.com viral voice coaching videos on YouTube.com. She has taught absolute beginners to professional singers, speakers, and actors ages 8-80 since 1997. Her fun, compassionate, concise, and results-focused voice trainings have been offered in the US and in South Korea at venues such as West Bank School of Music, Korea Improv Theater, Tennessee Language Center, Earth Mother Mind Jam, Doosan Corporation, and online. As an entertainer, she is a unique and animated jazz singer/songwriter who loves to create unforgettable performances with playful exploration and authentic power.

Karen’s singing has been featured on National Public Radio, Democracy Now, film, TV, radio, cable and all kinds of stages. She's also traveled and performed in the US, Korea, Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Brazil. She has won a 2010 MusiCares/Grammy Foundation grant, a 2010 NashvilleMuse Songwriter award, a 2007 Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and more.


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The first lesson was very helpful

Posted Dec 7, 2020
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Within a few months, Karen has helped me become a much better singer than I ever thought I could be. She always seems to have a technique or exercise at hand to help me where I need it. Her instruction has also been very useful to improve and protect my speaking voice, given that I speak for a living. It has been worth every penny.

Posted Mar 30, 2018
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Karen is a great voice coach! She gives constructive and positive feedback in a caring and understanding way. Take lessons from Karen and you will improve your skills!

Posted Mar 22, 2018
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Did a great job teaching me exercises and lessons in health as well as life.

Posted Mar 22, 2018
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I was living in Seoul last year and had my lessons with Karen for about a month. It was fulfilling and I've definitely leant a lot. Thank you for your time!

Posted Mar 20, 2018
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Karen was my 8 year old daughter's voice coach in Seoul.
Karen is a lovely, bubbly person and she helped my daughter, not only with her singing ,but also with her confidence at what was a scary time having just moved from Thailand.
I would highly recommend Karen.

Posted Mar 19, 2018
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Karen Lyu is an amazing voice instructor. She is brilliant at explaining the mechanics of singing in terms that the average person can understand. Karen is patient, knowledgeable and encouraging. I enjoyed my time working with her and look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Mar 14, 2018
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My best friend in high school always told me I couldn't sing. And I believed her. Then I met Karen. She encouraged me and In just a few lessons I was comfortable enough to sing in front of people. I'm still singing!!!

Posted Mar 14, 2018

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Freelance Holistic Voice Coach
Oct 1997 - Present

Holistic Voice Coach

I have 23 years of experience teaching one-on-one voice lessons in-person, 12 years of experience voice coaching online, and I have also taught live group classes and workshops, Zoom webinars, and group teleclasses by phone.

Head Voice Coach
Oct 2001 - Oct 2006

West Bank School of Music

Taught one-on-one voice lessons and group classes for all ages and all styles of music. Group classes included If You Can Speak, You Can Sing, Vocal Jazz and Empower Your Voice for Women. In addition to being Head Voice Instructor, I also, served as Board Member, Board Chair, then 2 years as the Executive Director of the legendary community music school in Minneapolis, MN.

Roster Teaching Actor
Sep 2000 - Jun 2003

Steppingstone Theater

Taught improv, dramatics and create-a-play workshops to elementary-aged kids for the Girl Scouts and for Adventure Bay day camps, as well as public elementary school afterschool programs.

Voice Instructor and Choir Director
Aug 2002 - Feb 2003

East Metro Music Academy

Taught one-on-one voice lessons to kids and adults. Also, was the choir director for a children's choir at Cesar Chavez Elementary.


BSS Jazz Studies - Vocal Performance
Sep 1989 - May 1993

Cornell College



Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


New Science of Singing
May 2018

Contemporary Voice Teacher Academy


Sep 2010

MusiCares/Grammy Foundation

Songwriting Award
Feb 2010


Feb 2007

Minnesota State Arts Board

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