Karen Schnurr

Karen S.

Lutz, FL
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Karen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
1995

Karen Whipple has been teaching voice for over 20 years and performing professionally for over 25. She enjoys helping her students find their own individual voice through the application of a solid vocal foundation. She earned her bachelors of music with a vocal performance concentration from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Karen works with her students (of all ages and levels) on strengthening their natural “instrument” and stretching its range - both musically and emotionally. Her experience as an LA actor also has helped her work with her students on sympathetically connecting with their songs as well. She likes to prepare her students for anything they might encounter as a working singer: developing versatility in musical style; taking away the fear of sight-reading; andmost important, maintaining a healthy voice. One of the most valuable traits Karen brings to her lessons is her many years of experience as a professional singer in Los Angeles. She sings in a variety of different arenas, which helps her to stay versatile and also keeps her informed of current musical trends. She sang with the Los Angeles Master Chorale for over 10 years, which performed regularly at Disney Hall. She sings classical as well as jazz and pop, having performed with LA’s vocal jazz group, Sixth Wave as well as joining Imogen Heap at the Greek Theater. She has also sung with the famed a cappella vocal group, Voices of Liberty, both at Epcot in Orlando, FL, and Disneyland in Southern CA. Performing both solo and ensemble work has strengthened her passion for making music both individually and as part of a whole, which she feels is a great skill to possess in seeking success in the music business. Karen has worked extensively as a session singer; you can hear her on such films as Star Trek and Despicable Me 3, such TV shows as Medium and Family Guy. You also may have heard her on a few national spots, namely, Microsoft, Suave, and Subway.

As a result of all she has learned through her own education and personal vocal development, as well as her experience as a professional singer, lessons with Karenoffer a healthy, practical, and well-rounded technique. Healthy in that it involves a very natural placement of the voice. Practical in that it allows you to take risks and try different styles. Well-rounded in that it prepares you for a variety of musical opportunities.

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Education

Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance
Aug 1989 - Jun 1994
Palm Beach Atlantic University

Photos & Videos

Performing at the "Pageant of the Masters" in Laguna Beach CA.

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Privileged to work with Josh Groban on two different album!

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Sang with Chris Mann on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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I"m the one with the crazy sideways hair.  This was a performance of Cinderella at Gary Marshall's theater in LA.

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Proud to have performed with Danny Elfman's Nightmare before Christmas for several years.

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Me and Danny Elfman after a session!  Amazing man and musician!

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One of my favorite gigs... Voices of Liberty.  I sang with both the Epcot cast and the Disneyland cast.

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This was one of the sound stages where I recorded many of my film sessions.  Warner Brothers sound stage.

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I was 'beyond' giddy at this session!  And yes, we go to sing the old Star Trek theme!  So proud to have been on this session.

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