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Karlie Traversa (She/They) began her musical journey when she was six years old singing and acting in children’s choruses and musical theater programs.


In 2016, She graduated from North Park University in Chicago with an honors Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in addition to earning a Certificate for Music for Social Change and Human Values. In furthering her passion for music education influenced by social transformation, Karlie graduated from the Longy School of Music with a Master of Arts in Teaching Music. In this program, she served as a graduate assistant to work with distinguished faculty and assisted with Gustavo Dudamel founded YOLA (Youth Orchestras of Los Angles) programs.


Outside of school, she was a member of the chorus, the Los Angeles Chamber Choir and participated in the first ever LA Philharmonic project, Hack Music LA – an opportunity to collaborate with musical artists and shape social transformational ideas in music and technology. In Los Angeles, she also had vocal opportunities to perform for PBS’ “The Celebration of Music with Ethan Bortnick”, and record in studio for an NBC documentary. After the Longy MAT graduation in June, Karlie was invited to sing and record a renaissance music album with the early music ensemble, “The Byrd Ensemble” of Seattle in Giarole, Italy.


Karlie graduated with a Master of Music in Vocal studies from the Longy School of Music where she has performed with a variety of vocal and chamber ensembles, and opera performances. During her studies, Karlie was also invited to sing the role of Despina in the opera "Così fan tutte" in Varna, Bulgaria under the direction of Maestro Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2020, Karlie has performed for several virtual performances, as well, Karlie was featured in the original cast demo recording of Surette and Hall Musical Theater Team's "Moms: The Musical" as the character, Brittany. Karlie also sang the role of Annina in MassOpera's, "La Traviata" at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts post lockdown. She also sang with the queer chorus, Quorum, for a staged version of Hildegard Von Bingen's, "Ordo Virtutum". 


Karlie now resides in the Chicagoland area where she is singing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, and Bach Week Festival Chorus. She is also a performing artist with Beast Women Productions. 


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