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Renowned voice teacher, presenter, and author Dr. Karen Bauer at Clarke

By Clarke News  |  November 7, 2017

Dr. Karen Tillotson Bauer will be a guest clinician at Clarke University on Friday, November 10. Dr. Bauer is a lecturer, vocal pedagogue, master class presenter, and author.  She will offer a master class Friday, November 10 at 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Jansen Music hall on the campus of Clarke University. The master class is open to the public and free to attend.

Dr. Bauer will work with Clarke voice students and faculty, as well as prospective music students as part of the Music Academic Highlight Visit Day. She is known for her work on kinesthesia—body sensing—as it relates to singing and will present a workshop and masterclass related to this topic. Kinesthesia is a verified facility of the central nervous system that enables all of the physical functions required of singing.

Dr. Bauer’s teaching methods and her ground-breaking book, The Essentials of Beautiful Singing: A Three Step Kinesthetic Approach, are rooted in the science of kinesthesia, but approach the act of singing as an applied art (functional) more than a scientific study (cognitive). Dr. Bauer’s pedagogy is a how-to approach that addresses technique and musicality as partners in skilled singing.  

Dr. Bauer, now Professor Emerita of Voice, taught applied voice and voice pedagogy for 35 years at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. There she served as Head of the Voice Department and Director of the Master of Music in Vocal Performance. She has given numerous voice master classes in the U.S., England, and South Korea, and taught voice at the Opera Festival di Roma, Italy. Dr. Bauer presented on kinesthesia at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden in August of 2017.


Clarke University will also host its annual Veterans Day Concert on Friday, November 10. The concert celebrates our military veterans and will feature Clarke’s Collegiate Singers and Cantabile Choir, and the Loras Wind Ensemble under the direction of Glenn Pohland, Loras College Director of Bands. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. on November 10 in Jansen Music Hall on the campus of Clarke University. The Veterans Day Concert is open to the public and free to attend.