Interim Dean of School of Music
Phone: (336) 770-3251
Office: School of Music Complex, Room 183
Karen Beres has performed throughout North America, in addition to recitals in Italy and Austria. As a member of the CanAm Piano Duo, she was awarded a Silver Medal in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and a Distinguished Award in the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Sicily.
A new music specialist, she has commissioned a number of works for solo and duo piano, including a recent work, This is the World We Know for two pianos and percussion, by David Maslanka. A recording of the work was released on the Albany Records label in the spring of 2012. She also appears frequently in recital with tenor Robert Bracey from the UNC-Greensboro faculty.As the accompanist for the Bel Canto Company, a professional choir based in Greensboro, NC, she performs regularly throughout the Piedmont Triad region.
Recent presentations and workshops include sessions for the Music Teachers National Conference in Denver, the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, the Piano Seminar of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Idaho State Music Teachers Conference in Boise, as well as for numerous regional teacher associations. An upcoming book in the summer of 2016 for Alfred Publishing will focus on intermediate piano concertos, one of her areas of expertise.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College (PA), a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She has previously served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University and the University of Oklahoma, the accompanying staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp for six summers, and the staff of the Classical Music Festival in Austria as collaborative pianist and Piano Seminar faculty for three summers. Previously Professor and Coordinator of Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy and Assistant Dean of Enrollment, Recruitment, and Outreach in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, she is serving as Interim Dean of the School of Music for the 2015-16 year.