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Karen Jesse '04 Returns to Oberlin to Kick Off 2015 Vocal Academy

July 17, 2015

Julie Anna Gulenko

Karen Jesse
Photo credit: Christopher Weiss

Oberlin Conservatory welcomes the return of alumna soprano Karen Jesse ’04 for a guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24, at First United Methodist Church of Christ (45 S. Professor St.) in Oberlin.

The free performance serves as the launch of Oberlin’s 2015 Vocal Academy for High School Students, an annual summer program that offers training in technique, acting, and musicianship to aspiring young singers.

Hailed by Opera News for her promising vocal talent and superior artistry, Jesse has enjoyed early success on the opera stage and has received numerous awards and scholarships, including first place at the district installment of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. In November 2013, she returned to campus to portray the Witch in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, presented by Oberlin Opera Theater.

The July 24 performance will include works by Mahler, Britten, and Richard Strauss. It will be followed by a reception with Jesse.

For more information on the 2015 Vocal Academy and other summer programs at Oberlin, please visit

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