Karen Oberlin sings

Love Isn't Born (It's Made)
from Live at the Algonquin

Why Fight the Feeling
from Live at the Algonquin

And The Angels Sing
from My Standards

Ms. Oberlin has a deep background in classical music, jazz, cabaret, theater and musical theater. The granddaughter of Vaudevillians and the youngest daughter of two classical musicians, she often performed and competed in classical singing events and performed steadily in theater, musical and otherwise, growing up in Central New York. As a child she played piano and flute, and cello in the county orchestra, performed in her first role in an opera at age six, and as a teen led a few local rock and new-wave bands.

Since then she has performed continuously and trained extensively, graduating from the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop Broadway theatre conservatory in New York after receiving her B.A. in English Literature. New York City led Ms. Oberlin to jazz and deepened her appreciation for the Great American Songbook. She has studied voice for more than twenty years, and she teaches master classes in acting, singing and interpreting song, including teaching at Singers Forum in New York City. Ms. Oberlin is a dedicated yogi, a very happy mother and stepmother, and is married to the writer David Hajdu.

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Karen Oberlin


Live at the Algonquin

"Impeccable style and musical intelligence," recorded at the legendary Oak Room.

Secret Love: the Music of Doris Day

Delivers each song with warmth, honesty, and no frills, radiating positive energy.

My Standards

An eclectic set of jazz and cabaret tunes from the '30s to the 90's, from Irving Berlin to Elvis Costello.

Praise for Karen

“A smart, polished show. Karen Oberlin is a pop-jazz singer who radiates a subdued glamour… Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, Ms. Oberlin is a thorough researcher... She has impeccable pop style...Ms. Oberlin brought a steady musical intelligence and delicately voluptuous phrasing to her songs. In the show’s perfect moment, Ms. Oberlin’s beautifully shaped reading in the classic pop tradition was one that (Doris) Day in her prime might well have envied.”
-- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Thrilling! Oberlin is as lovely to look at as she is to hear… A Christmas tree angel named Karen Oberlin is lighting up the Algonquin’s Oak Room with a show that sends you out humming. Subtle, elegant and musically spot on, Karen Oberlin is such a welcome addition to the often noisy and pointless cabaret scene that one can even imagine her accompanied by a celesta without causing the slightest hint of boredom... Breathless when the song is as romantic as a country road, then forceful and full- speed-ahead when the mood turns onto a musical freeway, (her singing) rings true and funny and flawless. She’s a keeper!”
-- Rex Reed, New York Observer