Ms. Schowalter Cooper received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Louisiana State University. Karen was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships during her years as a student at LSU. She was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists auditions. Karen was a member of the Young Artist Program at Chautauqua Opera and has performed with the New Orleans Opera Association, Opera Grand Rapids, the Birmingham Opera, Opera Memphis and the Saarländiches Stattstheater in Saarbrüken, Germany. Roles have included Carmen (title role), Mercedes, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni0, Marcellina, Cherubino (Le Nozze de Figaro, Hansel (Title role), Rossweiß (Die Walküre, )Wellgunde (Das Rheingold,) and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Baba in the Medium and the Secretary in The Consul.
She has sung as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austin Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Lake Charles Symphony, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Saarländisches Rundfunk Orchestra. Orchestral repertoire includes Bach Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Haydn Missa in Tempore Belli, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C major, Beethoven 9th Symphony and Bernstein Songfest.
Karen teaches private voice and is soloist and alto section leader with the Rhodes MasterSingers Chorale and at Germantown Presbyterian Church. She also cantors at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Memphis, TN.