Karen Schoenhals grew up in an environment full of music, belonging to an extended family of classical pianists, vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, and dancers. She began studying piano at the age of eight.
Schoenhals has studied classical guitar under the tutelage of world-renown teachers Bruce Holzman, Denis Azabagic, Lily Afshar, and Rafael Padron. She earned a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from Florida International University, and has received a number of awards, including First Prize in the Springfield Classical Guitar Competition, First Prize in the Cedar Falls Music Society Classical Guitar Competition, First Prize in the McAllister Classical Music Competition, and the FAU School of Music Performance Honors Award, awarded unanimously by the FAU music faculty. She has earned scholarships from FAU, the Lifelong Learning Society, and the Johnson Foundation. Her first CD, “Body of My Guitar,” was released in 2002. In addition to performing live on WXEL radio, Schoenhals has performed in concerts throughout the United States, both as a soloist and in ensembles. She has been featured as concerto soloist with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra, with the FAU Wind Symphony Orchestra, and with the FIU Women’s Choir.
In addition to being a frequent concert soloist, Karen is also the classical guitar professor at Palm Beach State College.She also maintains her own private studio, where she instructs children (beginning at age 4) in both guitar and piano. In her free time, Karen enjoys swimming on a Masters swim team, writing poetry, and doing anything outside in nature.
Karen is delighted to be a part of Convivencia Miami, promoting an atmosphere of harmony among people of different spiritual faiths. She hopes that audience members will enjoy learning about this unique period in history, and feel connected to one another through a language we can all relate to—one that transcends any limitations our minds put upon us—the language of music.