Karen Hoy, originally from Philadelphia, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and Master of Science degree from The Juilliard School. Ms. Hoy has performed extensively in recital, opera and oratorio. Her major instructors were Ellen Faull, Estelle Liebling, and Eleanor Steber. She has won numerous vocal competitions including first place in the Liederkranz and Kosciusko Foundations vocal competitions. Prominent conductors she has worked with include James Conlon, Robert Page, Gustave Meier, and Anton Coppola.
In Norfolk, Virginia Ms. Hoy maintains a private studio of advanced high school students and adults. Her students have been accepted at major music schools and conservatories and former students sing at some of the major opera houses in the United States, Europe and on Broadway. Ms. Hoy has been teaching voice privately for almost 40 years. She has also taught at Pennsylvania State University, Christopher Newport University and The Governor’s School for the Arts and presently teaches at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Along with private voice she has taught lyric diction and Art Song Literature and has presented workshops on art song in Hampton Roads and central Pennsylvania. She has been an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for over 30 years and has been President and Governor of the Virginia Chapter of NATS. In recent years she has presented her students and other gifted emerging professional singers in theme recitals twice a year including; Made in America, La Serenissima, Schumann Liederabend, The Songs of Libby Larsen, Mendelssohn and the Sopranos and many more.