A native of Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Karen McGill cuddy is a primary school teacher in St. Enda's N.S., Ballycanew, Gorey and was also the 2009 Kerry Rose. She got her first taste for the stage as a 'Cutest Kiddie' with the Killorglin Pantomime group when she was eight. Karen received a Bachelor of Education with music from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in 2006 where she specialized in Music and Drama in education, in her final year.
She has a senior certificate in speech and drama and effective communication with the Leinster School of Music and is currently studying for a diploma in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A soprano and in training with Deirdre Masterson, she has previously studied voice under Muireann Joy, Aine Joy, Aine Ni Ghabainn (Killorglin), Jean Holmes (Limerick) and Morgan Crowley (Dublin). Karen was a member of the Irish Youth Choir as well as the Killorglin Chamber Choir, where they won the cork choral festival in 2004 as well as the Welsh Choral Festival in 2002. Karen was runner up in the Kerry Young voice of the Year and has won many Feis ceoil titles. She has worked with many musical societies throughout Ireland: Midas Musical society Limerick, Gorey Musical Society in Co. Wexford and Carnew Musical society in Wicklow as well as Ceol na leamhna in Kerry. Roles include: Laurey in Gorey's musical society's award winning production of ‘Oklahoma’, Starbuck in ‘Moby Dick’, Peep Bo (one of The Three Little Maids) in ‘The Mikado’, Lucille in ‘Viva Mexico’ as well as Biddy Donoghue in the Irish premiere of ‘Johnny Patterson’ which toured Ireland last year. Karen has also performed with ‘Lyric Opera’ in Dublin where she starred in 'La Boheme' in the National Concert Hall. In 2009, Karen along with Bridget Nolan formed ‘Eriú’, a new and exciting classical crossover duo and together produced their debut CD ‘Celtic Enchantment’. Karen is a regular performer at concerts, recitals and festivals throughout Ireland and is also the conductor of the national school choir in Ballycanew.