Education & Professional Development

Karisa has nearly twenty years of experience in group facilitation. Her learning environments are rich, interactive, and creative, with a touch of humor here and there. She has worked intensively with college, early childhood, older adult, and young adult students, honing her skills through additional studies.

Leadership development and staff wellness are two of Karisa’s specialties. She completed her Career Development Facilitator studies through the National Career Development Association, and she is a Certified Practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment. She serves as an Alumni Career Advisor at Stony Brook University. At the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Karisa collaboratively launched a professional development workshop series for current and former fellows, interns, and mentors. For this series, she has presented on networking, life balance, and work wellness.

In addition to earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Valley State University, Karisa was a Carnegie Hall Choral Fellow. In New York City, she studied Arts in Aging at the Creative Center, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Stony Brook University
Yale University
Marymount School
Stony Brook School
Englewood Public School Music Development Program
Long Island Conservatory
Thurnauer School of Music
Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn College Early Childhood Development Center
Knox School
Kimball Union Academy
Upper Valley Music Center
Interschool Orchestras of New York
KIPP Charter School
Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Courses Taught
Music 101: Introduction to Music History
Music 119: Introduction to Music Theory
Music and Movement
Early Childhood Music & Musical Babies
Chamber Music Studies
Contemporary Music
Vocal Techniques
Musicianship I – IV
Applied Oboe
Careers at the Center
Events 101

Workshops, Lectures, and Masterclasses
Wayne State University
University of Michigan
Association of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Valparaiso University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Minnesota at Duluth
Stony Brook University
Grand Valley State University
Davidson College
Furman University
Reading Society
National Career Development Annual Conference

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