August 2009 – Karen Coe Miller Started a tenure-track position at Oklahoma City University as Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Opera and Musical Theater.
We have approximately 200 vocalists in our program (opera and musical theater). We offer B.M.(vocal performance or musical theater) and M.M. (vocal performance, opera performance, musical theater) degrees. Our production season includes two main stage operas and two main stage musicals. We also have faculty-directed spotlight productions (minimally produced) of one opera and one musical each year. I’m directing for both opera and musical theater and I’m talking to the theater department about directing a play next year.
So far this has been my line-up:
Fall 2009 – Die Fledermaus
Spring 2010 – The Consul
Fall 2010 – La Traviata
Fall 2010 – SMILE
Spring 2011 – Die Opernprobe–a little-known Lortzing operetta
In addition to directing, my primary teaching responsibilities include teaching acting for the opera and musical theater students in the following classes: Music Theater Workshop, Opera Studio, Advanced Acting (this class deals exclusively with scenes from plays and monologues). In addition to my work at the university I did a number of other projects this last year. I was also a guest at University of North Texas in Denton and directed a production of The Turn of the Screw for them in April 2010. Last summer I continued my work as an instructor for the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute in Minneapolis and I was also on the Stage Artistry faculty for The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
Karen Coe Miller