About Karen Habegger

Greetings everybody!

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 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. Listen to demos online!

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!

Karen Habegger, Musical Designs

Karen Habegger, Musical Designs

 

While working to build Musical Designs, some of my other musical activities currently include / have included:

Whitefield Academy (2014-15 school year through 2017-2018 school year): Accompanying the Lower School chorale and the student choruses is always a lot of fun!  These kids are precious ... and extremely talented!

Community Bible Church: As both a keyboardist and a violinist, it was and is always a privilege to play for some of their 2012-2017 special events and Sunday morning services. In the picture shown below, you can kinda/sorta see me sitting at the keyboard while Corrie and Steve are leading worship. Click here to learn more about CBC's ministry.

Community Bible Church: click to enlarge

Groove Tunes Studios: During the last several months of 2014 on into 2015, this recording studio was (almost literally) my second home!  After countless hours of hard work - and many revisions on my part - the finished product sounds even better than what I was hearing in my head. If you think I'm talking about recording an ALBUM ... well ... you would be wrong.  All this work went into a single SONG (yes, I'm that kind of person). lol  "There's Only One" is an original, non-gymnastics choral piece with some pretty catchy rhythms and harmonies.  And the orchestration is pretty cool, too! (all this imho of course). To learn more about Groove Tunes Studios, click here.

If you're interested in hearing "There's Only One", either shoot me an email or facebook me with your email address, and I'll be happy to send you the mp3.  You can also download it from iTunes for the low, low price of $0.99. Thank you!

Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta: From 2012-2015, playing background piano music for their annual Family Christmas parties was a great way to celebrate the season!

T.C. Roberson High School Choruses: Under the direction of Aleisa Baker, it truly was a privilege to accompany the various ensembles that competed at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in the spring of 2015.

Georgia Philharmonic: It was quite an honor to be a part of this esteemed orchestra during their 2013-2014 season!  In the picture below, I'm one of the faces you can sort of see in the 2nd violin section. To learn more about the Georgia Philharmonic, click here.

Georgia Philharmonic: click to enlarge

Allatoona High School Choruses: Under the direction of Thomas Chafin, accompanying the prestigious AHS Choruses for their 2012 Winter Concert was both challenging and very rewarding! In the spring semester of 2014, I was happy to be invited back to accompany them again.

Mount Paran Church: After singing alto in the choir for 2-1/2 years, I switched over to the orchestra from 2007-2013.  Besides playing violin, I also served as the orchestra librarian for many years, and every now and then I was called upon to play piano for rehearsals.  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, you can see me standing in front of our very talented bassoonist.

Mt. Paran Orchestra: click to enlarge

Chick-fil-A of Canton: Whether it was playing Christmas carols for their lunch-time crowd or providing special music for Daddy-Daughter Date Night, it was always great to play background music at Chick-fil-A!

Chick-fil-A: click to enlarge

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.

Reinhardt Orchestra: click to enlarge

In addition to the above, I've enjoyed accompanying other choral groups, vocalists, and instrumentalists for their competitions, recitals, and special events!