Mitchell Fine Arts 207
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
Phone: (859) 281-3546
e-mail Karen Cooksey
Karen Cooksey brings to her students the experiences and perspectives of one who has conducted a broad range of ensembles – from choral, instrumental and professional, to church, community and academic.
For five seasons, she served as the Associate Chorus Master at Los Angeles Opera. She was first assistant conductor for the 2010 world premiere of Daniel Catán's critically and publicly acclaimed opera Il Postino featuring the legendary Plácido Domingo. In that same year, Cooksey conducted Morton Subotnick's "The Key to Songs" for chamber ensemble and electronics as part of the People Inside Electronics concert series. In 2012, she made her New York debut guest conducting the Young People's Chorus of New York City in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Hall.
Karen Cooksey begins her role at Transylvania as assistant professor/director of choral activities following a summer participating as an adjudicator and presenter for the China International Chorus Festival and the IFCM World Youth Choral Education Conference in Beijing, as well as the IFCM World Choral Symposium in Seoul.
But there is an additional dimension to the music performance vision of this recent arrival from Los Angeles. "I think there is room in music for social justice, so if I can find the opportunity to do projects like that, I will." Cooksey is interested in focusing on pieces that "reflect on poverty and a Good Samaritan ideal."
Personal website: karencooksey.com
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