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Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker, Director of Vocal and Choral Activities, served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1994-2000 and from 2006-2009. She is the director of the University Chorale, FSU Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Soderberg earned degrees of Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon; Masters of Music Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She has studied conducting under Brock McEhleran, L. Stanley Glarum, Norman Luboff, Paul Salamunovich, Maurice Skones and Eric Ericson (in Stockholm, Sweden).
Active in Maryland Music Educators Association, she has served as the Western Region President and the Maryland Choral Educators Association State Choral Sight-Reading and Solo and Ensemble Chair. She is also a member of the International Federation of Choral Musicians, the American Choral Directors Association, and has served as the Maryland State President-Elect, President and Vice-President, as well as the Maryland ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Community Choirs as well as on the Maryland Music Educator’s Board as the CMENC Collegiate Advisor.
Dr. Soderberg is Musical Director of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, MD and former conductor of the Cumberland Choral Society (1998-2009).
Dr. Soderberg has conducted the Goldsmiths University of London Chamber Choir and University Chorus while on sabbatical in London, England in 1997. She performed with the Kalina Choir, who specialized in Russian Choral Music, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England and with the Asia Pacific International Choral Institute Chamber Choir in Singapore. She toured China in 2008 with the FSU Chamber Choir to Beijing, Changsha and Yiyang in the Hunan province.
Dr. Soderberg is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Tri-State Region and the Pacific Northwest.