About Karen Habegger
As the owner and founder of Musical Designs, I want to welcome you to our site: I’m glad you’re here! To let you know a little something about me, I grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in music composition. One of my favorite subjects in college was Aural Skills, believe it not --- I just love to figure out melodies and chord progressions! In addition to many years of private piano and violin lessons, my musical background also includes choral and orchestral service as well as composing and arranging.
My husband, Greg, and I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1985. We have two daughters, Kelly and Keri, and they were the inspiration behind our decision to launch Musical Designs back in 2001. Both girls were competitive gymnasts for many years, and I remember well the countless hours that were spent searching for floor music. It seemed almost never-ending sometimes! It is my hope that through musical-designs.com, today’s gymnasts and parents will find their floor music search to be much easier.
In addition to my family's continued love and support, the amount of encouragement that I've received from friends, customers, and business contacts over the years is very much appreciated.
Thank you all very much!
While working to build Musical Designs, some of my activities currently include / have included:
Georgia Philharmonic: A new member as of 2013, I'm very excited to be a part of this wonderful orchestra! To learn more about the Georgia Philharmonic, click here.
Community Bible Church: As a keyboardist, I've been privileged to play for some of their 2012-2013 special events and Sunday morning services.
Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta: It was as honor to be invited to play background piano music for their 2012 Family Christmas party.
Allatoona High School Choruses: Accompanying the prestigious AHS Choruses for their 2012 Winter Concert was a lot of fun and very rewarding!
Mount Paran Church: After singing alto in the choir for 2-1/2 years, I switched over to the orchestra in 2007. For several years, I played keyboard strings in the first service and violin in the second service; eventually I played the violin in both morning services. For many years, I also served as orchestra librarian and every now and then I was called upon to play piano as a rehearsal accompanist. If you'd like to watch one of our Sunday morning services online, here's the website: mountparan.com. In the picture below, taken in February 2013, I'm standing in front of our very talented bassoonist.
Chick-fil-A of Canton: Whether it was playing Christmas carols for their lunch-time crowd or special music for Daddy-Daughter Date Night, I always enjoyed playing background music at Chick-fil-A! I would set up my keyboard over in a corner and just play to my heart's content, and of course, I usually ended up playing many selections à la Stan Whitmire, a friend and a very gifted pianist. Just a quick side note about Stan: he won a Dove Award in 2010 (Instrumental Album of the Year) and then 2 more in 2012! (Instrumental Album of the Year and Choral Collection of the Year). For those of you who enjoy internet radio, Stan's recordings can be heard on Pandora; you can also visit his website at stanwhitmire.com. By the way, Musical Designs sells a floor music version of Stan's very animated arrangement of "Goodbye, World, Goodbye" (listen to a 0:30 clip).
Reinhardt University Symphony Orchestra: From the Fall of 2008 through the Fall of 2009, I played in the 2nd violin section. Here's a picture from our 11/24/08 concert ... if you look very closely, you'll find me in the back of the section, the 3rd person in from the end.
Spin Classes at Lifetime Fitness. Besides being a great workout, I got a LOT of musical inspiration from these classes! At my peak back around 2010-2011, I would usually spin 2-3 times a week (so just think of how inspired I was)!