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Deborah Simpkin King

Host, Sounds Choral

Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D., is a choral conductor, new music advocate, and master teacher. She plays an active role in the vibrant Manhattan choral scene and serves the national and international music community through her guest conducting and body of published work. 

Her leadership as a conductor is ongoing with the semi-professional Ember of Ember Choral Arts (formerly Schola Cantorum on Hudson), as Director of Music and Arts at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, NJ, and as a conductor within Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and MidAmerica Productions. Her commitment to nurturing the next generation in the arts can be seen through the arts education initiatives at Ember Choral Arts, along with her long standing leadership of the NJ-ACDAHigh School Choral Festival.

Through PROJECT : ENCORE(which she founded), Dr. King is at the leading edge of the new music industry, working with composers in finding post-premiere performances, and performing many premieres herself. 

As a monthly columnist with ACDA’s Choral Journal and host of public radio’s Sounds Choral, (syndicated through WWFM) she serves the music community internationally.