Karen started Junior Choir in 1986 and has been the director ever since. Children in the choir have gone on to many other musical opportunities. Although Karen is semi-retired now, her “real” job for 40 years has been with Ingleside Manor.
Karen had an early love of music. In 6th grade she started playing the piano and organ at her church in Barneveld and in high school there, she sang in lots of vocal groups. We continue to enjoy her vocal talents at the Mt. Horeb UMC where she sings with the Volunteer Choir.
Karen and Paul Helgeson were married for 51 years and have three adult children who all live out of state. Paul, Karen’s dad and one son all helped build our church on Hwy. 78. She also has three grandkids!
Besides music Karen loves to dance, read, go to plays, bird watch, go to her lake house and do cross words. She loves working with the kids in our children’s choir and the relationships that develop. She welcomes all kids to try it – it’s fun and there is a great pizza party at the end of the year!
Please contact Karen Helgeson by calling (608) 437-3088.