Karen Wemhoener is a Soprano singer currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Composition at the University of Tennessee. Born in Dallas, Texas, Karen began singing and performing with the Dallas Opera at 10 years old. From 2010 to 2014, she was a children’s chorus member in Boris Godunov, Carmen, Turandot, and La Bohème. For her Dallas Opera debut, she performed as one of the three genii in The Magic Flute. With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Karen sang the part of Voix Celeste in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust in 2016. Karen was also a member of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas for nine years and attended Interlochen Arts Camp for 4 summers. Her last summer, she was awarded the Maddy Summer Artist Award in Voice. Most recently, Karen has performed in Carmen and L’Elisir d’amore with UT Opera Theatre. As a member of VolOpera at UT, she has performed scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro as Susanna and will premiere the role of Blue Fairy in Aaron Hunt’s Pinocchio. Recent awards include first place at the Regional Student Auditions in the Mid-South Region and at the National Student Auditions in 2019. Composing has become a more recent part of her musical journey, and she hopes to continue to write along with performing. Her most recent pieces are Ruminate for String Quartet and Three Love Songs with text by Sara Teasdale for high voice and piano. Karen is looking forward to graduating in the Spring of 2022 and is excited for future opportunities to come.