International Schools Choral Music Society

Karen Bailey-Summers

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Karen Bailey-Summers, 2013
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Karen Bailey-Summers began her teaching career after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Georgia State College & University in the USA. Before embarking on her international teaching career, she taught chorus, general music, and theatre arts for 21 years throughout several districts in Atlanta, Georgia.
Karen was an active member of the music and theatre community along with teaching. She worked with several community and professional choirs, performing with classical and pop recording artists, and performed in various summer theatre repertoire companies. She sang as a soloist for ten years with the DeKalb Choral Guild, an organisation often invited to participate with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her participation in summer repertoire theatre and the Choral Guild drew her students to join her, either on stage or in the audience, allowing them to see her passion in action. She truly enjoyed being a part of the community.
During the preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics twenty of her students auditioned for the 100 voice children’s choir, eight of whom were selected, one chosen as the opening soloist. Karen worked with her students as they prepared for their performance in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies.
With the talented students that she worked with over the years, there were annual opportunities to travel with them within the United States. This led to performances with American and International composers, for governors, and for legislative assemblies in Georgia and Washington, DC. The goal always being to create special memories for the students.
She and her family now live in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where she is the MYP Performing Arts Instructor at the International School of Ulaanbaatar. She leads the High School choral ensemble, the ISU Kids Choir and assists with the schools’ instrumental ensembles. Each year she is responsible for the school drama productions, drawing on her theatre skills as well.
Karen feels her greatest successes come from her students. Those who are graduates of Julliard School of Music, who have become performing arts teachers, who are appearing in television shows and/or commercials, or the ones who are just following their dreams, no matter what their passion may be. Teaching them, encouraging them, supporting them to keep the joy of music in their lives is what makes her successful.