Deborah Simpkin King, PhD
I am a choral conductor, new music advocate, program builder and educator whose goal is to deepen and enliven the human journey through music. I have built and led choral ensembles and music programs with church, community, and academic and organizations. What I value most is the ability to inspire through effective programming, teaching and mentoring.
I have been told that what distinguishes my work is a visionary element that I bring to my role as conductor and artistic director. I enjoy working with ensembles and individual singers in exploring their unique mission, or “brand,” and then determining how it might best be expressed artistically. My distinct programming perspective results from the rigors of a Ph.D. in Musicology combined with a passion for new compositional voices.
Currently, I am the Artistic Director and Founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, a non-profit pro-am choral/vocal ensemble. In addition to programming and leading the organization, I am its primary spokesperson. Schola is the parent organization of PROJECT : ENCORE™, the new music initiative I founded that promotes post-premiere performances.
In addition to my position here with Crescent Concerts, I am concurrently serving as interim Director of Music at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.
I frequently work as a guest conductor, most recently with Simon Halsey at Lincoln Center for the world premiere of David Lang’s choral piece, the public domain, for 1000 voices.
Leadership roles in the professional community include those of Chair of the New York Choral Consortium (NYCC) and Coordinator of the NJ-ACDA High School Choral Festival since 1994.
Specialties: Conducting, choral music, choral programming, choirs, choral performance, voice and conducting instruction, choral music education, new music advocacy, choral-orchestral repertoire, music ministry.
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