Originally from Massachusetts, Musical and Artistic Director Karen Dietz possesses a wealth of experience as a musician, performer, teacher and musical director. Her background reflects her passion for musical performance and education.
While in the USA, she participated in performance groups such as Northern Harmony, Quadrivium, Libana, and Revels, Inc, and performances such as Cabaret, Holst’s Savitri, Milhaud’s Minute Operas, and Kiss Me, Kate. Karen’s most recent tour de force was as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes.
In addition to her work with Loud & Proud, Karen has worked with secondary school pupils in musical theatre, taught voice classes for Edinburgh’s Jewel and Esk Valley College, led a lunchtime choir for East Lothian Council employees. She leads singing weekends for the Folk Camps Society in the UK, as well as delivering workshops throughout the UK and beyond. She currently leads community choirs in Dunbar and North Berwick, and works with Birnam choir Just Singin’.
Our repertoire is as diverse as our membership and includes simple rounds, popular music, traditional music, light classics, festive and seasonal songs, early American shape-note songs, lesbian/gay anthems, and of course, show tunes. We have a talented team of musicians who work with Karen to plan and arrange our growing repertoire.
The choir’s origins were found in a singing class set up by the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and run by Emily Isaacson. Following a performance in Sala, the group grew to 25 and formed a fully-fledged choir under the leadership of Karen Dietz. We now have over 60 members.