Off-Campus Instructor, Piano (Hillhurst)
Karen Neary earned her Bachelor of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a graduate of Brandon University, Karen holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, Accompaniment, and Literature. Karen has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards as a soloist and had much success in competitions across Canada. She won the distinguished title of “Young Artist” in 1990 which included a 14-concert tour of Western Canada as a solo artist through the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers.
In 1991 Karen settled in Calgary where she joined the faculty at the Conservatory of Mount Royal University as a piano instructor, collaborative pianist for the Senior Academy and Credit programs, and as a chamber music coach. Since 2001, Karen has continued her association with Mount Royal University as a Conservatory Off-Campus Instructor of piano and theory. With a teaching career spanning three decades, and the pedagogical influence of mentor Lorne Watson, Karen has become known for her love of educating and inspiring students from beginner to advanced levels. Her integrative approach to teaching, eye for physical technique and set-up and welcoming, caring nature with young people has fostered a dynamic learning environment for her students.
Karen also maintains a demanding schedule as a freelance collaborative pianist. She is sought after for her expertise as a versatile, sensitive partner with exceptional coaching and mentoring skills in all instrumental and vocal areas. Karen’s extensive knowledge and background in repertoire for strings and piano have gained her a notable reputation. She has performed with numerous prominent artists on stages across Canada and internationally, and recorded for CBC radio and television.
Loving the inner city, Karen enjoys a busy family life. She stays active and has an ongoing interest and education in wine.