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Ms. Liz Karney - Percussion Specialist

 

Liz Karney is the Assistant Percussion Director of Reedy High School, Pearson Middle School, and Pioneer Heritage Middle School.

A proud Michigan native, Liz Karney is a versatile and joyful musician. She completed her bachelor’s studies at Michigan State University in Music Education, which cultivated her love for performing and teaching. While there, she studied West African music and dance abroad in Ghana, Africa. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in percussion at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Through her master’s she worked as the Percussion Director of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, where she single-handedly established and conducted a competitive winter percussion ensemble. She has taught at numerous other schools throughout Michigan, and Denver. 

As a performer, Liz has enjoyed premiering new percussion works throughout Michigan, Denver, and Princeton, New Jersey. Through winning the 2019 Lamont School of Music Solo Honors Competition, she performed Joseph Schwantner’s “Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra” with the Lamont Wind Ensemble. She has also performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Boulder Symphony Orchestra, along with numerous collegiate orchestras and ensembles; including singing with the MSU salsa band. Liz has been privileged to perform for such notable artists as Steve Reich, Bob Becker, She-e Wu, Sō Percussion, and Sandbox Percussion. 

Liz is passionate about discovering new techniques for mentally healthy and productive practice. She has led research in applying Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques to remedy negative practice processes, and strives to apply it by fostering healthy habits in her students. 

Liz has been commissioned to write works for her students and Lamont musicians, including an orchestral piece recorded by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. 

Outside of music, she enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and playing with her cat, Amelia.