Rhapsody is open by audition to all interested students. The group rehearses and performs a variety of advanced sacred and secular choral music for soprano/alto voices and combines with other choirs to form the CBU Worship Collective. This advanced ensemble concertizes frequently in various academic settings and churches throughout the academic year.


To schedule an audition, please visit our Next Steps page, contact the CBU School of Music office by phone at 951-343-4251, or email us at schoolofmusic@calbaptist.edu.


Ms. Karen Garrett

Conductor, Rhapsody
Karen Garrett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State East Bay and her Master's in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California.

She was Artistic Director of the Riverside Master Chorale at Riverside City College and is currently the Choral Director at Santiago High School in Corona. Her choirs consistently earn superior ratings at local and national festivals. She has conducted ensembles at CMEA State Festivals and in venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, Orchestra Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Garrett has guest conducted at the Anaheim District Choral Festival and has adjudicated numerous festivals. She served on the State American Choral Directors Association Board as Repertoire and Standards Chairman for Women's Choirs and is currently serving Southern California Vocal Association as Past President. Ms. Garrett has given numerous presentations on sight-reading and the music standards to professional music organizations such as CCDA, CMEA, and SCVA.

Ms. Garrett was voted Teacher of the Year for the Corona/Norco School District for the year 2006-2007. Her new book “Sight Singing for Festival Choirs” was published in August 2019 through Master Works Press.

Recent Rhapsody Concerts/Appearances

  • December 8, 2020

    Virtual Ensemble Recording
    CBU Campus

  • March 9, 2020

    Calvary Presbyterian Church
    Riverside, CA

  • December 7-8, 2019

    A CBU Christmas
    CBU Campus

  • November 4, 2019

    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    Riverside, CA

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