Kari Edge

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Kari L. Edge holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music Education from Shepherd University.  While at Shepherd, Kari studied conducting with Dr. Mark McCoy, Stephen Czarkowski, and Dr. Erik Jones.  She also studied piano with Dr. Scott Beard and Susan Carpenter, voice with Mary Carrigan and Joe Regan, french horn with Paul Hopkins and Daniel Carter, violin with Heather Austin-Stone, and organ with Dr. Claire Johannsen.  While at Shepherd, her performances with the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers included engagements in Carnegie Hall, England, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, and a 2013 performance tour of France. Kari has also enjoyed being a part of musical theater and opera productions at Shepherd and in the DC area, including performances with the chorus of the Opera Camerata of Washington in their productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  Kari has also worked as a private piano instructor for the Shepherd Preparatory Program for nine years.  As a conductor, Kari has enjoyed the opportunity to conduct the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Preparatory Chorus, and Preparatory Orchestras at Shepherd University, and the AntietamWomen’s Ensemble.  She is currently the assistant conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra and works as the Head Program Assistant and Preparatory Division Coordinator for the Shepherd University Department of Music. Membership in professional organizations includes Sigma Alpha Iota, MTNA, MENC, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.  Most recently, she has spent her summers studying at the South Carolina Conductor’s Institute, conducting Le Nozze di Figaro with the Cincinnati Conservatory’s Making Mozart program, and studying with the Cincinnati Conservatory’s opera program in Spoleto, Italy.