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Demirjian, Karoun

Soprano and multimedia journalist who grew up around Bostons. Massachusetts, and gained a BA in History from Harvard University and a Master’s in International Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  She worked as a Classical DJ for her college radio station and got her first internship at NPR’s All Thing Considered.  She was a member of The Harvard University Choir and appeared on their yuletide offering, Christmas in the Busch.

In November 1999, she was double-cast as Cupid and Hypsipyle in the Harvard Early Music Society’s production of Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone.  She was the Music Director of the orchestra in the Harvard-Radcliffe G & S Players’ mounting of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience in the spring of 2002.  Concomitantly, she was responsible for editing The WHRB Program Guide, which was issued five times each year by Harvard Radio Broadcasting.

In the new millennium, she has been active in the Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.  She performed in A Consort of Musical Delights, in tandem with the Augustana Lutheran Church Choir, on 18th October 2009.  In the winter of 2009, she departed the nation’s capitol and relocated to Boston, Massachusetts.

For an audio sample of Karoun’s voice, check out the ionarts link below and you can hear her singing “Piu m’affligge piu disprezzo” from the opera, Il Trionfo di Camilla regina de Volsci.

Outside of music she is a multimedia journalist who has been on the board of directors of the National Regional Reporters’ Association and been based in Moscow, Russia, at the Gaza Strip and West Band in Israel and has also covered Capitol Hill for the Chicago Tribune, been the Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun.  She has been a runner-up for her regional coverage of Congress in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for the Washington Press Club Foundation’s David Lynch Memorial Award. She has been given fellowships in Jordan, Russia, Germany, the Paul Miller Fellowship from the National Press Foundation and the International Center Journalists’ Scripps Fellowship.

She also works as a professional classical soprano.

Harvard University Choir recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Pro Organo CD 7134 (Christmas in the Busch)
ConductorMurray Forbes Somerville
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Director – Robert Mealy
The Harvard Brass
Soprano – Awet Andemichael
Bass – Mark Risinger
Organists – Erica Johnson and Edward Jones

Here she is discussing her experience at The Fletcher School…


  7. Liner notes:  Christmas in the Busch