Karen started playing piano at the age of five. At an early age, she participated in music festivals and competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Hong Kong Music Festival Chorale. At the age of fifteen, Karen obtained her LTCL diploma in piano (equivalent to ARCT of RCM) from the Trinity College of London. Besides piano, flute is her secondary instrument. In addition to classical music, Karen is also very interested in musical theatre. During Grade 12, she was the rehearsal pianist for a Canadian musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, produced by her high school. It was the involvement of this musical which inspired her to apply to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music for post-secondary studies in music education.
In 2015, Karen was awarded the Arthur Plettner Scholarship for her outstanding musical and academic achievement. She is also very involved in Canadian music in which she has been a participant of the Contemporary Showcase by the ACNMP (Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects) for four years. Furthermore, she is knowledgeable in choral music with seven years of choir experience as well as being a member of the University of Toronto Women’s Chamber Choir. Now, Karen is in her fourth year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music studying with her applied teacher, Mia Bach. Karen is a well-rounded music teacher who hopes to continue to inspire people to develop a strong interest and passion for music.
As a music educator, my goal is to allow more people to discover their own value and potential in music.
As a music educator, my goal is to allow more people to discover their own value and potential in music. I believe my end goal is not to educate students to become the next Mozart or Beethoven, but to let them realize the fun in music and continuously let music be an active part of their lives.