Karen Benjamin has over twenty years of performing experience in musical theatre, opera, and cabaret. In the last few years she has focused on producing and performing vocal recitals specializing in art song. She is currently presenting Music of the People: Songs of 19th Century America and Chick Songs: Art Songs by Women Composers around the southland area. Among her many musical theatre credits, Ms. Benjamin was an original cast member of the Los Angeles production of Phantom of the Opera starring Michael Crawford. She also starred in a Stephen Sondheim tribute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This extremely versatile soprano/belter has sung French cabaret songs at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, performed the songs of Kurt Weill with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Society and appeared as an orchestral soloist with major orchestras. Ms. Benjamin created the role of Rocket J. Squirrel in LA Opera’s production of Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. With her husband, KUSC morning host, Alan Chapman, she has appeared widely in cabaret evenings of Dr. Chapman’s original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, Los Angeles Music Center, Geffen Theatre, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Edye Second Space, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Ms. Benjamin received her Master in Vocal Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music. In addition to an active private voice studio at home and Pasadena City College, she is the vocal director for the main stage musical at PCC in addition to teaching Musical Theater Workshop at PCC and Santa Monica College.