Karen comes to Chagrin Arts with extensive experience in arts administration and management serving as Executive Director of Summit Choral Society (3 years), Solon Center for the Arts (9 years) and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (6 years), and marketing director at Cleveland Ballet, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and the Wheeling Symphony.
In addition to her experience as an arts administrator, Karen is first and foremost a musician. She has served as pianist and conductor for opera and ballet companies including Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Opera, Western Opera Theatre, Lake George Opera Festival, Artpark, Orlando Opera Company, Augusta Opera, New Orleans Opera, Skylight Comic Opera, Richmond Ballet and the Edinburgh International Music Festival.
Karen currently serves as the music director at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Solon, Ohio, a position she has held for 9 years. She is also staff accompanist at Kent State University – The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Karen earned her Master of Music in piano accompanying from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music in both piano and voice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Lindsey’s enthusiasm for the performing arts comes from her extensive dance background that includes over 20 years of formal training, performances and competitions. She loves how the arts can be used as a way to express one’s thoughts and emotions without using conventional words.
Lindsey formed a “love affair” with Cleveland after moving here from Florida in 2014 to be with her fiance, Aidan, and says it was “meant to be” when she discovered Chagrin Arts while looking up the art and culture scene in NE Ohio. Lindsey holds a B.S. in Advertising and minor in Theatre from the University of Florida and has experience in both marketing and graphic design. Her other interests include painting, traveling, interior decorating, cooking (and eating!), dancing and yoga. In addition to working at Chagrin Arts, Lindsey serves as the Chair of the Chagrin Valley Young Professionals Group, and as a Leadership Council Member for Engage! Cleveland, an organization committed to attracting, engaging and retaining young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland.