The 2017-18 Season marks JoAnne Wasserman’s 24th year as Artistic Director and Conductor of SBCS. While you can read her full bio here, we’d thought we’d share a few things about her that you might not be aware of. She’s a California native, born, raised, and educated in the greater Los Angeles area, where she Read More »
Karen Williams – Alto
Karen Wood Williams grew up in Santa Barbara in performing arts, graduating from Westmont College. After a decade as owner of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized SB/LA talent management firm bearing her name, Ms Williams produced and toured concerts, musical theatre, and dramas in such local venues as The Granada and Arlington Theatres and the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. While maintaining a private voice studio, Karen appeared in operas with Music Academy of the West and Opera Santa Barbara, and spent eight years on the faculty of Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School, instructing both vocal and instrumental music. She helms Villa Arts Camp, sponsored by Metropolitan Opera singer Eduardo Villa, is a Performing Arts Adjudicator for Santa Barbara County Schools, and has served as Drama Director for Royal Family Kids Camp for at risk Santa Barbara youth.
Karen is married, now for 33 years, to husband, Ross, who is a Senior Systems Engineer at Seek Thermal and as of this season also sings with the tenors in the chorus. They have two sons, Shane 21, a chemical engineering major, and Chad 15, a broadcast journalist student at DosPueblos. When not singing, Karen loves tennis and snow skiing. One tidbit you may won money on the TV game show Jackpot. Karen joined the Santa Barbara Choral Society in the 2013 season, serves as a Director on the Board of Directors, and is the Artistic Operations Manager for the chorus.