Karen Hall was raised in Nebraska, earned a Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from the University of Illinois and joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 1979. She holds a Master of Music from Texas Christian University. In addition to the Fort Worth Symphony, Karen has been a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Dallas Opera Orchestra and most recently, held a one-year appointment with the Hawai’i Symphony. Karen is also an adjunct instructor at Texas Wesleyan University.
Karen served as Artistic Director of Hall Ensemble, a popular chamber music group specializing in house concerts. Hall Ensemble performed seven subscription seasons and placed in the Star-Telegram’s “Top Ten Classical Music Performances of the Year” three times in two years. An ardent proponent of historic performance practice, she also plays the Baroque cello and viola da gamba and is a founding member of Texas Camerata, a period instrument ensemble.
Karen’s work in the Fort Worth Symphony earned her the American Airlines Distinguished Musician of the Year award in 2004. Karen is a popular speaker and narrator and is a host for the Cliburn Musical Awakenings® education programs. She makes jewelry under the name “Essential Graces” and plans on retiring to the island of Kauai with her husband Kevin Hall, principal bassoonist of the Fort Worth Symphony.