Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts


Piano, Voice, Theater 

Hailed by international critics from the New York Times to the London Times for her “compelling state presence, formidable technique, tireless energy, and gorgeous, expressive tone”, Karen Notare is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning opera/classical singer who has sung on the great stages of the world. Ms. Notare has been the recipient of numerous international and national prizes for her singing: One of the first recipients of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Martin Segal Award; Gold Medalist at the International Puccini Concorso; National Richard Gold Award; Three Time National Puccini Foundation Award; Finalist in the International Maria Callas Concorso; Semi- Finalist in the International Pavarotti Competition; Lake George Opera’s “Artist of the Year”,  Four-Time National Sullivan Foundation Winner; The London Times’ “Vocal Star of the Wexford International Festival” Award, to name a few. Ms. Notare received full scholarships for voice to the Juilliard School as well as to Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She received her Bachelors of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music with credits towards her Masters degree. Ms. Notare has conducted international master classes in voice in Italy, Denmark, and Germany. She is an accomplished stage actress and has proficiency in several languages. She is represented by MMG International Agency in NYC in the areas of commercials, voice-overs, and film.

In addition to Ms. Notare’s international performing career, she is an award-winning, highly seasoned, and New Jersey licensed music educator. She received the Chu Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education for three years and was awarded the WBGO/NJEA “Jazzy Music Teacher” award for outstanding commitment, dedication and excellence in music education and serving as a positive influence on her students. She has certification for teaching young children from the “Music Together” organization. She also received a certification entitled “Universal Learning” for teaching students with disabilities. Ms. Notare has great expertise in musical theater and has been on the Musical Theater and Summer Conservatory Faculties for the Tony Award winning Paper Mill Playhouse for twelve years and counting. She developed and was the director of summer musical theater camps for young people for several years entitled “Rise & Shine”. Ms. Notare served as the Director of a successful musical theater camp for young people for three years at Union County College. She was a Professor of Music and Voice at County College of Morris in Randolph and has literally taught all levels of music to students in pre-kindergarten to the professional level. Ms. Notare  is a good pianist and accompanies all student lessons and recitals.

Ms. Notare provides nurturing and empowering instruction to students of all ages, abilities, and disabilities. Her patient and experienced teaching techniques will enable students to understand the language of music, develop a solid technique, increase self-esteem, help to build presentation and communication skills and, ultimately, to fully experience the joy of making music!