Karen Manley Kahler is from Belvidere and has two extraordinary children, Grace and Max. She works for her family’s car dealership, Manley’s Belvidere Ford Lincoln, where she is heavily involved in coordinating efforts to raise money for local schools and not for profit organizations through Drive Events sponsored by Ford and Lincoln.
Many moons ago Karen received her degree in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and is so happy to be able to do what she truly loves to do once in a while. Karen serves as a section leader for the Mendelssohn Chorale that sings with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. She is also the choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere and this will be her 3rd year directing the community choir in the annual community worship service as a part of Heritage Days. Karen has been very involved in Starlight Theatre in Rockford last being seen reprising her role as Eve in Children of Eden. This summer she can be seen as Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act! Karen will be singing with the Rockford Summer Band at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford and at the Baltic Mill in Belvidere, and is very grateful to be singing with the DeKalb Municipal Band .