Faculty Bio
Kara Masek


Bachelor of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Master of Music, San Diego State University

Kara Masek is a soprano, actress, and educator based in the greater Los Angeles area. She is on voice faculty at California State University, Los Angeles where she teaches Applied Voice at the undergraduate and graduate level, Elementary Class Voice, and Scenes and Songs Performance Workshop.

Kara began her training as an operatic soprano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, and went on to earn her Masters Degree, in the same discipline, at San Diego State University.

Regionally, Kara has been heard in recital as part of the “Classics at the Merc” concert series in Temecula, as a soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and Opera in the Park’s Opera Sings Broadway. Internationally, she has performed in a concert of opera classics in historical venues throughout Verona; and while in Italy, had the privilege of studying with world-renowned soprano June Anderson.

Some of her favorite opera roles include: The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Amina (La Sonnambula), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Despina (Così fan tutte), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief).

She is a selected singer of The Opera Buffs organization in Los Angeles and a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award.

Equally at home on the musical theatre stage, some of Kara’s roles include: Petra in A Little Night Music, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Princess Léonide in Triumph of Love, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Norma Cassidy in Victor/Victoria.

Kara is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and regularly attends workshops and conferences to stay up–to–date on the latest in voice science and vocal techniques. In July 2016, she earned a certification in Contemporary and Commercial Music vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University’s CCM Institute, where she learned a systemized approach to functional training for contemporary singer (pop, jazz, musical theatre, country styles). She is a believer in teaching a strong foundation of vocal technique, to support healthy, long-lasting vocal sustainability, while encompassing all genres of music. She has experience teaching: musicianship and sight singing, vocal pedagogy and vocal health, French, German, Italian language study and diction (IPA), and musical theatre.