A little background…
Karen founded the band program at St. John’s School (Lannon, WI) more than 30 years ago when her children attended there. She started teaching Recorder to their 4th grade and then started the band program. Over the years the band program expanded to over 25 students with nearly 50% of the students in grades 5-8 taking a band instrument. In 1999 she was asked to join the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School faculty and teach lessons throughout their federation’s grade schools. She served for three years as their coordinator of their Grade School Band Program. Since 2013 she has been blessed to be part of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School faculty teaching in their Grade School Band Program visiting eight schools throughout the week giving individual instrumental lessons, teaching 4th grade recorder classes, and conducting the beginner concert band on Monday evenings.
Mrs. Lippert has had a dual career path and holds a Bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Masters in Education & Administration. She was most recently honored by the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee as the 2016 recipient of the Certificate of Excellence in Music Education Award. She is a member of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and in June of 2008 was inducted into the American School Band Directors’ Association.
Other Musical Endeavors
In 2008 as a member of Faith Lutheran Church (Sussex, WI), she implemented the Ringers of Faith Bell Choir and continues to conduct this group.
Karen is the principal conductor of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band. MMCCB is comprised of about 60 adults ranging in age from 30-90 years old coming together weekly to prepare four concerts a year. Both she and her husband Dan have been members of this group for over 15 years.
Mrs. Lippert is Head Administrator for the WELS Summer Band Camp which offers a week-long, enriched instrumental music environment for instrumental band students completing 5th-8th grade. It has gained the reputation as the “best week of the year” from former and present camp staff.
Karen (clarinet player) met her husband Dan (percussionist) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while playing in the university’s symphonic band. They have two married children, and both families live out in California. Karen and Dan have four fabulous grandchildren whom they love to visit via Skype or in person! Karen & Dan reside in the village of Merton with their cute Terrier, Penny.