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Karin McCullough, Pianist

Karin McCullough


Karin McCullough took the less-traveled road to a career in music. A serious pianist while growing up in Illinois, she reluctantly suppressed her aspirations to become a paralegal. One day she was asked to accompany opera singers at a Fremont Bistro—a weekly, Friday-night engagement that would last for five years. By then her growing popularity as an accompanist, solo performer, and piano teacher allowed her to trade her life as a paralegal for that of a fulltime musician.

Karin maintains a flourishing piano studio in her North Ballard home and performs frequently in the Seattle area. She also accompanies services at the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, where Catherine Treadgold is a soloist.

Karin is a member of the National Music Teachers Association (NMTA) and a performing member of the Ladies’ Musical Club (LMC).

Last summer Karin traded her home for one in the south of France. There she met the daughter of composer Alfred Tokayer, one of les voix étouffées (stifled voices)—Jewish musicians killed during the Holocaust. She and Catherine recently gave the United States’ premiere of four of Mr. Tokayer’s Songs.

To hear excerpts from a Treadgold and McCullough recital, click below:

Sin tu amor (Without Your Love)
by Miguel Sandoval
(YouTube Video)

Les chemins de l'amour (The Paths of Love)
Words by Jean Anouilh, Music by Francis Poulenc
(YouTube Video)

Arrière-Été (Indian Summer)
Words by Fernand Severin, Music by Alfred Tokayer

Clair de lune (Moonlight)
Words by Paul Verlaine, Music by Gabriel Fauré