Karen Melancon has been involved in music education and music ministry in Lafayette for over 33 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Karen taught in the Lafayette Parish School system for five years before transitioning to the position of Music Minister at St. Pius X where she still serves as cantor and music minister, directing the adult and children's choirs there. For the last 11 years, she also taught the pre-K and K music classes at St. Pius Elementary School then served as the chorus and Musical theatre instructor as well for the middle school students for the last 9 years.
Karen always enjoyed musical theatre and opera, and was cast in many shows during her years at USL. (ULL) She has also performed as guest soloist with Choral Acadienne, Lafayette Concert Band, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Karen was also a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions held in New Orleans.