Kara Baldus-Mehrmann

Kara Baldus-Mehrmann

​Teacher of Applied Music, Jazz Piano
MA, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
BA, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

contact info:

office hours:

  • By appointment

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1030
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Kara is a pianist and vocalist that has been performing professionally around the United States and internationally since the age of 18. Highlights include, being selected for the IAJE/BET Sisters in Jazz All-Stars, playing at jazz festivals in Italy, France, Holland, Canada, as well as the Kennedy Center, and also getting to perform in front of jazz piano legend, Oscar Peterson. She is a full-time instructor of jazz piano at Washington University in St. Louis. You may have seen her performing with such acts as Erin Bode, Peter Mayer, Tom Kennedy, or Nicole Johanntgen. In 2013, her pop group, Dropkick the Robot, won the electronic Grand Prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest with their song, "Missed Out." In 2017 she launched a new event band, The LustreLights, where she is the bandleader, keyboardist and vocalist.


2003 Selected as a member of Sisters in Jazz, International Association of Jazz Education Annual Conference


1999-Present Actively performing in the St. Louis area and throughout the United States

2003 Performed with Sisters in Jazz at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center; at European Jazz festivals in France, Holland and Italy; and at the International Association of Jazz Education Annual Conference