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Karen Beaumont: Organist/Organ Recitalist/Organ and Piano Instructor

Karen Beaumont

Karen Beaumont: Organist/Organ Recitalist/Organ and Piano Instructor

Karen Beaumont is an active organ recitalist and organ and piano  instructor.  She also plays the French Horn.  From November, 1988 through April, 2011, she provided the organ and choral music at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She now plays regularly at All Saints Cathedral.  She holds a degree in Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In addition to performing in venues throughout Southern Wisconsin, she has also performed in the various cities:

New York City:

St. Thomas Fifth Avenue 1999, 2003, 2006,  2010, and 2015

St. Patrick's Cathedral 2003, 2007, 2012, and upcoming in 2018

St. Mary the Virgin 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2010

Church of the Transfiguration 2005, 2008, 2010, and upcoming in 2016

St. Mary's in Harlem 2010 and 2014

St. Peter's Lutheran 2000, 2001, and 2005

Cathedral of St. John the Divine 2011

St. Michael's Episcopal 2002

St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church  2013 

Calvary Baptist Church  2014

 Other  North American Cities:

San Francisco St. Mary's Cathedral 2009,  2010,  2012, 2014, and upcoming in 2016

Toronto, Ontario St. James Cathedral 2011, 2013, and upcoming in 2017

Chicago Holy Name 2004, 2005, and 2007/Fourth Presbyterian 2008, 2010, and upcoming in 2017/St. John Cantius  2010, 2012, 2013, and upcoming in 2015

Des Moines, Iowa St. Paul's Cathedral (Episcopal) 2004

St. Paul, Minnesota Church of St. Louis 2005

Denver, St. John's Cathedral 2012, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 2014 and upcoming in 2017

Princeton University Chapel  2013 and upcoming in 2015

 Boston King's Chapel  2013 and upcoming in 2015

United Kingdom:

Norwich St. Andrew's Hall 2004

Oxford Town Hall 2006 and 2008/Queen's College  2010/St. John's College  2011/Exeter College upcoming in 2015

London Southwark Cathedral 2012, 2014, and upcoming in 2016

Radio Broadcast

Radio-Ville Marie with Jacques Boucher as host, Montreal, Canada December 2012


Reviews for The Living Church and The Diapason


French Organ Noels (two volumes): Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Robert Noerhen Organ, 2002 and All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, Tellers Organ, 2014

Early Spanish Organ Music, Lake Park Lutheran Church,Milwaukee, Steiner Reck Organ, 2008

Austrian Organ Music from 1570-1833, St. Francis Church, Milwaukee, 1884 Schulke Organ,  2011

Selections from The Well Tempered Clavier, 2012

upcoming recordings include  music by J.P. Sweelinck and a set of Austrian music in collaboration with Musikverlag Doblinger of Vienna

Contact Karen Beaumont at:

 "It was a beautiful goes without saying that you would be welcome back. " Andrew Ager, St. James Cathedral, Toronto, Canada

"Thank you for such a splendid recital! ...I enjoyed the program, which was so refreshing and creative..."  James Kennerley, St. Mary the Virgin, NYC

"My thanks to you... for a lovely recital of interesting and rarely heard repertoire.It was a pleasure to get to know you and hear you play." Peter Wright, Southwark Cathedral, London, UK

 "Thank you for an inventive and well-played program."  Tim Yoder, Calvary Baptist, New York City

 "Organist Karen Beaumont gave [a] startlingly bold...performance of Jeanne Demessieux's Respons pour le temps de Paques."  Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Thank you for a wonderful recital!"  Richard Moore, London

 "Thank you for adding some majesty to my days."  Harvey Taylor, poet, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Thanks for a great concert.  Our audience loved it!" Abbi Chapman, St. John's Cathedral, Denver

"...exceptionally well played, and I had many positive comments from audience members. I enjoyed hearing unusual repertoire..." John Sherer, Fourth Presbyterian, Chicago

"...I liked your playing...nice to hear a program of real organ music." John Scott, St. Thomas, NYC

 "Congratulations on a recital well played.   Please contact me again whenever you want to come back.  Your recital will be a welcome addition to our slate of concerts."  Christoph Tietze, St. Mary's, San Francisco

"I am thankful you were able to give us such a brilliant recital." Barry Newman, St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich, UK

 "Your lyrical interpretation of Bach immediately grabbed hold of me, drew me in, and never let go."  David Platcow, audience member

"Karen Beaumont...blew any cobwebs from the Cathedral's mighty organ and made the air tingle as if touched by a spirit." Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"I really enjoyed hearing your exquisite playing today!"  Alissa Rhode, First Unitarian Church, Milwaukee

"Your playing is technically sound; your sense of proportion in registration is amazing, and your musicianship is robust and exciting." Lee Jacobi, presenter

 "Thank you for performing for us.  Your music is always a great addition to our concert series." Gary Wood, presenter


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