California native Karen Linstedt Delavan earned her BM in piano performance at the New England Conservatory, her MM in collaborative piano from Juilliard, and was a fellow with the Juilliard Opera Center. Delavan has worked for more than 25 years as a freelance coach and recital accompanist in the New York area and has played recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Westminster Choir College, and Cairn University. She has been adjunct faculty at Long Island University and the Hartt School of Music and had two fall residencies at UT Austin—Butler Opera Center in 2015 and 2016. She is adjunct faculty at Seton Hall University and Far Brook School, and she substitutes regularly as an accompanist at Montclair University. Delavan has held music staff positions with companies including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Light Opera of New Jersey, Michigan Opera Theater, and Spoleto Festival USA. Artists she has worked with include Victor DeRenzi, Jane Glover, Ernst Haefliger, George Manahan, James Meena, Joe Rescigno, Stewart Robertson, Emmanuel Villaume, Elly Ameling, Hans Hotter, Martin Isepp, Martin Katz, Marlena Malas, Hermann Prey, Harvey Shapiro, Edward Zambara, Nico Castel, and Julia Faulkner. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.