Born in the Boston, Massachusetts area on 19 September 1947, American composer Karen A Tarlow now lives in Western Massachusetts and works to commission. She has written for a wide range of vocal and instrumental forces, including ballets, solo and chamber works, choral music and music for orchestra. She has composed music for the Da Camera Singers, a new work for the Hampshire Young People's Chorus, and she completed music for a series of multi-media ballets for children for Picture Book Theatre and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Tarlow has retired from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was Assistant Professor of Music Theory. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Boston University, and is an award-winning member of ASCAP. Her teachers included Robert L Stern, Gardner Read and David del Tredici, and her music is published by E C Schirmer (Boston, MA), Subito Music/Seesaw Press (Verona, NJ) and Treble Clef Music Press (Chapel Hill, NC).