Karen Hansen, a member of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, is also a writer, an avid runner, lectures on cruise ships, and is involved in several arts groups in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Her freelance performing includes the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, Minnesota Public Radio, Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble, and South Metro Chorale, among others. Karen played in the opera chamber orchestra for five sold-out premiere performances of The Ladysmith Story, was one of 150 musicians who performed OCEAN in a quarry with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and was in the orchestra for the Moody Blues on tour in Rochester. She is also a freelance writer and photographer. She earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Karen teaches clarinet and saxophone at Cadenza Music. She is a member of Dolce Quintet, and plays in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.
She was featured in a bio on Minnesota Public Radio.