Duane Karna

Assistant Director of Choral Activities

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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Duane R. Karna, associate professor of music performance and assistant director of choral activities, oversees the Ball State University choral program, which consists of Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Statesmen, University Singers, Opera Chorus and the University Choral Union. Dr. Karna conducts both the Chamber Choir and the Women’s Choir. He also coordinates the BSU graduate program in choral music, which offers a MM and a DA in choral conducting.

The Ball State University Chamber Choir, under his direction, performed an invited concert session at the Indiana Music Educators Association conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on January 22, 2011. The choir will be in residence at the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf, Germany in January 2012.

Karna comes to Ball State University from the University of Nevada-Reno, where he was assistant professor of music and director of choral studies. The Nevada Chamber Chorale toured southern Germany and Austria in January 2004 where the choir was in residence for two weeks at the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf, Germany. In January 2006, the Reno Chamber Singers were in residence for one week at the Bavarian Music Academy where they performed and also participated in a workshop on the choral music of Argentina.

The Nevada Chamber Chorale, under his direction, was selected and invited to perform a concert session at the 61st MENC National Biennial In-Service Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2008.

Karna has held previous appointments at the University of Nevada-Reno, University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon; Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington; and Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. His bachelor of music in vocal performance is from the University of Puget Sound in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington; his two masters of music, one in vocal performance and the other in choral conducting, are from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he studied with Berton Coffin and Lloyd Pfautsch; and his doctor of musical arts with a major in choral conducting and a minor in vocal performance is from the University of Arizona in Tucson where he worked with Maurice Skones.

Karna is an accomplished singer and choral conductor and has collaborated with Sten Ternström from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden on writing the chapter “Choir” in The Science of Psychology and Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning, which was published in 2002 by Oxford University Press.

In January 2005, Karna presented his preliminary research on the topic of choral acoustics at the International Conference on the Arts & Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii and, in April 2006, he was invited to present the session The Choral Voice: An Introduction to Choir Acoustics at the 60th MENC National Biennial In-Service Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In February 2005 he was invited to present his research paper on The Selected Choral Works of Arnold Bax at the National ACDA Conference in Los Angeles, California. An excerpt from this larger paper, “Arnold Bax’s Mater Ora Filium & Of A Rose I Sing A Song” was published in the December 2005 ACDA Choral Journal. In August 2005, Karna presented The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal in a poster paper session at the Sixth International Congress of Voice Teacher’s Conference in Vancouver, B.C.,Canada. An excerpt from this research paper was published in the October 2006 issue of MENC’s Teaching Music. Karna presented The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal at the Northwest Division MENC Conference in Portland, Oregon in February 2007 and presented a similar interest session at the Western Division ACDA Conference in Anaheim, California on March 1, 2008. He presented The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal at the Ninth World Symposium on Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina in August of 2011. A book contract has been offered by Scarecrow Press in Lanham, Maryland for his forthcoming manuscript The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal.

Karna was also invited to present a poster paper session on The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal at the Fourth International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing in San Antonio, Texas January 7-10, 2009.

He presented an invited workshop session on The Use of the IPA in the Choral Rehearsal at the Fifth International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing in Stockholm, Sweden in August 2010. He also presented The Choral Voice: An Introduction to Choir Acoustics at the Seventh International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT7) – Singing Past and Present: Innovation and Tradition in Paris, France July 15-19, 2009.

On February 11, 2007, Karna made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in New York City with MidAmerica Productions, conducting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Regina Coeli, K. 108 and K. 127.

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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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