In Loving Memory of Karen Shaw

January 17, 1940
Norwalk, CT
July 03, 2019
Bloomington, IN
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

Memorial Service

1045 Old Academy Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00 p.m.


Family Gathering

A Musical Celebration of Karen's Life

Silvermine School of Music,
36 Comstock Hill Ave.,
CT 06850

No date included.


Karen Shaw

Karen Shaw passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. A native of Norwalk, CT. she inherited the background of a musical family. After receiving her Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University she joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty at Indiana Unversity in 1968, serving as the chair of the Piano Department from 1977-82 and again recently for 4 years.
A brilliant pianist, Shaw was widely acclaimed and distinguished herself with performances as recitalist and soloist across the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Far East. Her first New York appearance was as winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award, which prompted unusually high praise from The New York Times critic Donal Henahan. Her debuts in London and Berlin were received with equal praise and enthusiasm. In a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times praised her as a “persuasive interpreter of Romantic music.” Among her numerous pupils are noted national and international performers as well as successful teachers at every level.
She is survived by her sister, Sandra Shaw Murphy, a niece, Merilee Macklin, nephew. Charles Murphy, a grandniece and grandnephew, Emma and Benjamin Macklin and grandniece, Samantha Murphy.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Fairfield. A musical celebration of her life will be given by MS Shaw’s past doctoral students Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Silvermine School of Music in Norwalk. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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3 Guestbook Entries for Karen Shaw

  1. How saddened I am to hear of Karen’s passing. My sister who lives in Wilton just notified me. Karen and I attended Norwalk High together and had a wonderful time at our 50th reunion and a delightful Sunday performance at Silvermine. We’ve stayed in touch with occasional emails and have sent her my boat travelogue “.High Spirits Adventures” every year. We are traveling on that boat at the moment so shall not be able to attend her memorial. A wonderful memory is cruising around in her yellow and white Ford. Also posing for her stepfathers religious paintings. May she dazzle everyone in heaven with her marvelous piano playing.

  2. I had the immense pleasure of hearing Karen play one evening at her Silvermine home prior to her NY debut. She and her piano were one, there was no resistence between them, an extension of her soul.