Karin began her career as a violinist in the Knoxville Symphony. She has played with the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, and Sinfonia da Camera at the University of Illinois. Sinfonia da Camera has made numerous recordings and in 2001, Karin accompanied them on their tour to London. Serving as concertmaster for the Woodstock Mozart Festival and Racine Symphony, she was frequently featured as a soloist. She is currently freelancing in the Washington, DC area, performing with the Annapolis and Maryland Symphonies, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra, in addition to numerous other local groups at venues including the Kennedy Center, National Cathedral, and Music Center at the Strathmore. Opera work includes Principal Second and Assistant Concertmaster for Washington Concert Opera under Antony Walker, and Principal Second for Illinois Opera under Fiora Contino. She is a violinist in the string quartet for the Chamber Dance Project, a company of professional dancers and musicians dedicated to redefining and presenting new contemporary ballet works in intimate settings with true collaboration between artists. Karin and her husband, Mike Kelleher have released their debut album, Melange, an independently created, performed, and produced recording. Classical and jazz influences come together in Mike’s charts to form a unique style that reflects their personal and musical life.
In 2018, Karin and pianist Sonya Subbayya Sutton began a benefit recital series designed to help local charities in the Washington, DC area. They have raised thousands of dollars and are thrilled with the community support they have received. Past charities include A Wider Circle, Music and Memory, and DC Diaper Bank. Other charity performances in Pontiac, Illinois have benefited the local food bank, Livingston County Community Food Bank.
She is thrilled to be part of the AIMS Festival Orchestra this year, performing alongside her daughter, violinist Anna Kelleher.