As a native of southern New Jersey, Karla was brought up in a musical home, pursuing piano and violin before focusing on vocal studies. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD. And in May 2005, she completed her Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Linda Mabbs.
Most recently, Karla performed in a concert called Sopranos Slay with 7 other sopranos for the Coalition for African Americans in the Arts. This was her second performance with them. She also joined the Livefor1 Ministry, lead by Tenor, Javier Gonzalez, which strives to use music to raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian refugees in the efforts to raise funds to bring them to safety and share the individual stories of the affected families. Karla has also performed with the Voices of Inspiration, directed by Nolan Williams, in a concert featuring Andrea Bocelli, for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with recording artist, Matt Goss on several occasions, at the Supreme Courthouse, and many performances at the Kennedy Center, most notable is the performance for the 28th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy featuring Norman Lear as lecturer, and Grammy Award Winner and Actor, Common.
In November of 2014 Karla had the wonderful privilege to perform at the Anderson House in Washington, D.C. for the Children’s Gala held by the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation. That year also saw Karla performing concerts in West Virginia, Cape Cod, and New Jersey, as well as giving 2 performances for the Columbia Union, a request by General Conference President, Ted Wilson to sing for Annual Council, an annual Christmas Concert at Hagerstown SDA Church, a concert for the Cambridge SDA Church in Cambridge, MD, and many other local church concerts.
In December 2013 Karla sang in honor of our veterans in a special service held at the Visitor’s Center of the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Mormon Tabernacle. That September,Karla performed the role of 1st Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Hub Opera Ensemble. She has had the amazing opportunity to open for the contemporary Christian group, Selah, in July . In April, she performed the National Anthem for the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Assoc. DC Chapter luncheon in Arlington, VA . And had the wonderful opportunity to perform the Anthem again, this time for the Wounded Warrior Memorial Day Tribute held at the Great Meadows Event Center in The Plains, VA in May.
In December 2011 Karla performed the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors under the direction of Francisco de Araujo. She has also performed two concerts at the Hagerstown SDA Church since that time, as well as concerts in WV & NJ, and for the Sligo Music Club. In November of 2011, Karla was honored to perform a solo written by Dr. Virgina-Gene Rittenhouse for both memorial services that were held in her honor.
In April 2010 Karla made her opera debut at Carnegie Hall performing the role of Older Mary in the world premiere of Oh My Son, a sacred opera written by Spanish composer, Marcos Galvany. The production included six characters, full orchesra and a 100 voice choir under the baton of Michael Rossi. Last April, Karla made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall under the baton of renowned composer, John Rutter, singing Monteverdi’s Gloria. In February of 2008, she performed a chamber recital for soprano that included music by Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn. That same year she started touring with Bella Voce and they recorded their first self titled album. In June of 2007, Karla made her Kennedy Center debut singing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos under the baton of Scott McCormick. The same month saw her singing solo under the baton of composer, John Rutter. On the program was the Serenade to Music, Ralph Vaughn-Williams, and Mass of the Children, John Rutter. The Washington Post review for that concert called Karla’s singing, “exquisite.” In May 2006, Karla performed with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society as soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem, under the direction of Tom Hall. And in 2005, she replaced Faith Esham as soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She was also the soprano soloist in the Maryland premiere of The Vision of the Apocalypse, an oratorio written by Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, founding director of the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Columbia Union College, January, 2006. Karla's oratorio experience also includes the Bach B Minor Mass and Magnificat, Mozart Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Samuel Barber Prayers of Kierkegaard, Handel's Messiah, Schubert Mass in G, Theodore DuBois' The Seven Last Words of Christ, James Bingham Requiem and the Rutter Gloria and Magnificat.
In 2005, Karla was a semi-finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition. In December of 2004, she was a semi-finalist in the Heida Hermanns Vocal Competition, Westport, CT. And in the summer of 2004, she won the vocal competition given by the Miami Frost School of Music’s summer program in Salzburg, Austria.
Karla has toured throughout the world as soprano soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Pro Musica and Columbia Collegiate Chorale, all of Washington Adventist University. They have performed in such places as Ely Cathedral and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Puerto Rico, Australia and many European countries. She has been featured as a soloist on recordings from both the choirs and orchestra, and is the featured soprano soloist on the ‘Requiem’ recording, of which is composed by Dr. James Bingham. In addition to her solo career, Karla directed the Georgetown Presbyterian Chorale for nine years, and taught voice and piano at the Ottley Music School for 2 years. She currently sings with The Church of the Little Flower, in Bethesda, MD, teaches voice lessons at Red Bridge Studios in Laurel, MD, and is the Administrative Assistant to the Provost at Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, MD.