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Deborah King

Location: New York, USA
Deborah King
Dr. Deborah Simpkin King is an independent choral and vocal performer and educator, working primarily out of the Manhattan and northern New Jersey area. In addition to an active guest conducting schedule, she is Artistic Director and Founder of the innovative choral ensemble Schola Cantorum on Hudson (founded in 1995), and Director and Founder of its international advocacy initiative in support of new choral music, PROJECT : ENCORE™.  As a choral conductor, she is known for innovative programming and for warmth of choral tone.  She has an active voice studio and teaches conducting privately.   
Additional ongoing leadership in the industry includes her Chairmanship of the New York Choral Consortium (formerly co-chair with Kent Tritle), and her long-time Coordination of the NJ-ACDA High School Choral Festival (since 1994).  Dr. King is a frequent presenter within professional conferences on various aspects of the choral art.

The thread of continuity that connects Dr. King’s various activities is her fundamental belief that music is a gift, possessing the potential for profound impact on the human spirit, which can nurture all of us throughout our lives. It is this perspective that informs all of her activities, from polished performances to vigorous insistence on the development of fluency in sight singing. 

Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Texas; a Master of Music in Music Education from North Texas State University; and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University. Her mentor of twenty years was Caro Carapetyan, whose choral work was the subject of Dr. King’s master’s thesis (Caro Carapetyan: His Choral Beliefs and Practices, 1981).

Dr. King is also a published editor and writer. Her edition of full anthems by Baroque composer John Blow, published by Oxford University Press, has been very favorably reviewed, and her dissertation, The Full Anthems and Services of John Blow and the Question of an English Stile Antico, was honored with the 1990 University of North Texas Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Award for Scholarly Communication.  Dr. King is an active member of Chorus America, Classical Singer Society, American Choral Directors' Association, Conductors Guild. 

Dr. King has two sons: Patrick Daniel, Senior Producer with Comedy Central’s Last Week Tonight, married to Elise Terrell King, Coordinating Producer for The Daily Show; and Michael Alexander, married to Hannah Miller King, both conservatory-trained singers and seminary graduates, now on pastoral staff of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA.


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