I have performed and taught the viola for many years, and I am more in love than ever with this exquisite art form. I love the way the vibrations course through my body and soul, and connect with others in the magical field of merging with others into one voice. I also love our literature and am inspired daily by living composers as well as those no longer with us.
I feel the most alive when my heart beats strongly using my animal self; moving, dancing, swimming, hiking…. Coming from a family of engineers, I am always fascinated by how the mechanics of movement work, and I enjoy helping people find their most efficient and authentic ways to express themselves, either on their instruments or through spontaneous dance.
Because I lived with a great deal of loss from an early age, I became a student of learning how to transform grief into lessons of living deeply and with joy. My own healing path has included necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease), a bone marrow cancer diagnosis, (now in remission) and cardiac amyloidosis. While I might not have chosen these physical challenges, they certainly have been huge teachers for healing my own body and soul.
Banner photos: Beach photo by Boti Bliss | Karen with viola by Blair Hayes blairhayesphotography.com