Karen Schnackenberg

Principal Librarian


Karen Schnackenberg, Principal Librarian of the Dallas Symphony, is now in her 30th season with the orchestra. Previously she was Orchestra Librarian and Violinist with the New Orleans Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Oklahoma SymphonyĀ and Chamber Orchestra of Oklahoma City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Violin Performance, with emphasis in Baroque performance practice and music theory, with honors from the University of Oklahoma. She furthered her violin studies at the Meadowmount School of Music and the Flagstaff, RoundtopĀ and Aspen Music Festivals. As a freelance violinist in Dallas, Schnackenberg has performed in the Dallas Symphony violin section both locally and on domestic and foreign tours, as well as with the Dallas Bach Society.

Schnackenberg is proud to serve on the Editorial Board of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, a project of the University of Michigan and the Gershwin Estates creating scholarly editions of the Gershwin catalogue. She has served three terms as President of the international Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA), is Vice President of the local executive board of the American Federation of Musicians, and has been a contributing writer for the International Musican and Polyphonic.org. She has also written a blog called ā€œFrom the Orchestra Libraryā€ and contributed an essay to the publication ā€œInsights and Essays on the Music Performance Libraryā€ by Russ Girsberger and Laurie Lake. Schnackenberg is active on her orchestraā€™s musician committees, is an avid reader and amateur photographer, loves to travel, and lives in Dallas with her percussionist husband Brad Wagner.