Always striving for creative programming and the best in choral quality, Karen Schuessler has become a highly-respected force within the London choral scene. She is a passionate voice for making the magic of live performance happen.
As founder and conductor of the Karen Schuessler Singers, Karen has led the choir in performances of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, requiems by Brahms, Duruflé and Fauré, Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Halley’s Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, and several Bach cantatas. Also performances of works by John Rutter, Gilbert & Sullivan, London area composers, Broadway composers, ABBA, and the Beatles; and the music of Celtic lands, Africa, South America and Canada.
As artistic director of the choir, Karen has now shaped the programming of over 100 concerts offered over 25 seasons, always mindful of changing cultural trends and often thinking outside the box of the traditional concert experience to more actively involve and engage the audience. She often seeks to partner with non-music organizations to broaden the scope and strengthen the message of the music.
Karen is also Director of Music at Wesley-Knox United Church, London, Ontario, where she plays the organ, directs the adult choir, and heads and conducts a children’s community choir program that weekly engages almost 90 children and young people.
On January 1, 2018, Karen was named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List 2018 in the category of Arts for the City of London.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
As a choral conductor, an organ soloist who has performed in Canada, the US and South America, an accompanist, a private music teacher, a music festival adjudicator, and an examiner for Conservatory Canada, for whom she recently examined music students in the People’s Republic of China, Karen helps people everywhere unite their hearts through music.