Karen Meyerhoff Sweet
I am a graduate of Harvard College and the Shady Hill School Teacher Training Course. I worked for 25 years as a dealer in contemporary art and more recently as a teacher of French and Spanish. I am an active volunteer in a number of organizations that focus on the health and education of children. I studied piano and musicianship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where I grew up. I began classical voice training while living in Athens, Greece, for nine years, of all places. I took up the violin recently in order to coach students at a public charter elementary school where I volunteer, and where every student learns a string instrument starting in first grade. Another goal is simply to enjoy playing and learn something new (and difficult.) Chamber music gives me the opportunity to hear classical music live and be exposed to more music than I typically hear on the radio or even in a symphony hall. I am a big fan of The Sheffield Chamber Players, their program choices, great skill and sensibility. For years to come, I hope to host their concerts and otherwise support their centuries-old but unusual mission of bringing chamber music home.