Karen Seward is a music educator in the Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, teaching band and orchestra at Pinewood Elementary School. She also serves as Symphonic Band director and percussion coach with the American Music Abroad Gold Tour, an honor band and choir program that tours throughout Europe in the summer. Seward was a founding  faculty member with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids program, and currently serves as adjunct music faculty at Carroll Community College. At the Peabody Preparatory, she conducts the Wind Band and Towson Concert Band as well as teaching Ear Training, and Performance Class. Seward has also served as a percussion technician with the award winning Westminster High School Marching Band and has previously taught percussion with the Levine School of Music’s summer music program. She is a classically trained percussionist, holding Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education as well as the Maryland Music Educators Association.  Seward is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional fraternity for women of music.