DMA, Northwestern University
Karen Kan-Walsh studied at the University of Michigan under Charles Fisher, Eugene Bossart, and Theodore Lettvin. Additional studies in the Taubman approach were with Joseph Gurt. At the Bienen School of Music, her teachers/advisors included Frances Larimer, Marcia Bosits, Laurence Davis, and John Buccheri. She wrote Cadence, Chromaticism and Counterpoint in Selected Works by W.A. Mozart; Technique in Keyboard Skills for Non-Piano Music Majors; and Russian and Soviet Pre-College Piano Literature as projects for her doctoral degree. Kan-Walsh has performed in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Chengdu, China and St. Petersburg, Russia. An active member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, she served as Chairperson for the Performance Syllabus Exams from 1996-98. She is also an active adjudicator and has presented workshops in the Chicago area. She presented “Creative Projects in Keyboard Skills,” at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association conference. Kan-Walsh is currently the coordinator of the Keyboard Skills and Non-Major Piano Programs at the Bienen School. She received an award for excellence in teaching from Northwestern's Associated Student Government. She has held positions at the DePaul University Community Music Division, the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Music, and the Music Arts School in Highland Park, Illinois. Kan-Walsh is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and wrote new music reviews for many years for Clavier. A member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, she is an active adjudicator and has presented workshops in the Chicago area including “Creative Projects in Keyboard Skills” at the 2008 ISMTA annual conference.