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Teachers at the Old Town School

Karen Girolami Callam


Karen Girolami Callam has been singing, teaching, and performing all kinds of music for many years, from bilingual children’s classes to musical theater to her own jazz trio to classical choral works to liturgical cantoring. She works with teachers and students in preschool classrooms to build confidence, comfort, and a joyful repertoire of music and movement. Karen is fully bilingual and loves to speak as well as sing Spanish in her classes for a full immersion experience. Her warmth and groundedness ease the most reluctant participant and bring families back session after session. Karen performs regularly with the Chicago Artists Chorale, and has sung with the Apollo Chorus and the Chicago World Music Chorale. Karen co-created two CDs of Spanish-language children's music with Puerta Abierta Preschool and taught Everybody Move bilingual children’s music/movement classes for years. She has lived in Spain for three years of her adult life, most recently with her family of five, where she sang with Sevilla's opera house, Teatro de la Maestranza. Karen majored in communications and Hispanic studies at Northwestern University and runs a 20 year-old bilingual communications consultancy working with nonprofits, schools, and foundations. She lives in Evanston with her husband and their three children.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2015