After receiving a Bachelor of Music Performance from Southwestern College, Mezzo-Soprano Karen Archbold continued her studies in Bremen, Germany at the Hochschule fur Kunste. In 2016, she was the Sinfonietta Bel Canto's Voice Competition First Place Winner in the Emerging Artist Category. She was a 2014 and 2015 finalist in the American Prize Competition Vocal Division and runner-up in the American Prize Chicago Music Theatre Award. She has appeared as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Abuela in La Vida Breve and Berthe in Barber of Seville. Karen’s solo appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Lili Boulanger’s Psalm Profundis, the Verdi Requiem, and the Mahler Kindertotenlieder. Upcoming engagements include Katisha in the Mikado with the Northwest Indiana Symphony and Flora in La Traviata with Dupage Opera Theater. She currently performs with the Belle Ensemble and with Duo Striata. She also performs in Music for the Mind, a music therapy program for people with Alzheimer's.