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Karen Lombardo Brill, Soprano

Karen Brill grew up all over the East Coast. She studied education and psychology at Bucknell University, received an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and trained as a school counselor at Villanova University of PA.

A singer since elementary school–as a 6th grader she performed in the operetta Hansel and Gretel–Karen continued to sing in school and church choirs through junior high, high school, and college, and was thrilled to be in her first musical as a hot box girl in Guys and Dolls as an undergraduate. Inspired by this experience, she continued to perform in a variety of community musical theatre productions as a singer and dancer. Karen came by her love of music honestly. Her dad was a band leader in Reading, Pa., played the clarinet and saxophone, as well as playing the mandolin on the radio as a youth. Her mother was an accordion teacher.

Karen worked as a psychotherapist while raising her 2 children, Ariana and Daniel. After moving to Santa Barbara in 1998, she pursued her passions for children and the arts. Having served as Docent Council President for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, she continues as an active docent at the museum, working with both children and adults. Karen sang with Canticle a cappella Choir, while serving on their board, and has also served on the board of the Choral Society and as a board member of Angels Foster Care, a local non-profit organization founded to provide foster care for babies and toddlers up to age three.

In addition to singing, she loves hiking, yoga, reading, and travel. One of her favorite travel experiences was visiting an elephant camp in Thailand, where she rode an elephant bareback, learned various mounts and dismounts, and swam with her in the river.