Kim Adams

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Kimberly Dunn Adams (Kim)
Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities
(269) 387-4715
(269) 387-1113
1720 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.M., Yale University
  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
  • B.A., Oberlin College

Kimberly Dunn Adams is the director of choral activities at Western Michigan University, where she leads the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, and Grand Chorus. She also teaches choral conducting, advanced choral conducting, and choral literature.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Oberlin College and a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied voice with Lorraine Manz and conducting with Hugh Floyd. She received the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Marguerite Brooks and Simon Carrington. Adams earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with a minor in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Beverly Taylor and Bruce Gladstone. Additionally, she participated in the Oregon Bach Festival conducting master class with Helmut Rilling and was a fellow in orchestral conducting at the Conductor′s Institute at the University of South Carolina with Paul Vermel.

Adams has earned numerous accolades throughout her career. She has received grants, academic awards, and honors, including the Lorna Wendt Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, the Hugh Giles Prize and the Hugh Porter Prize from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and several awards from Oberlin College. As a graduate student, she received 2nd Prize at the American Choral Directors Association national conducting competition.

From 2006 to 2011, Adams was the director of choral ensembles and lecturer in music at Mount Holyoke College, where she taught conducting and directed the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. She has previously conducted the University of Wisconsin-Madison Masters Singers and Women′s Chorus, Yale Marquand Chapel Choir, Yale Repertory and Recital Choruses, and Oberlin Women′s Choir. In addition, she has served as assistant conductor for the Yale Camerata, the Madison Choral Union, the University of Wisconsin Concert Choir, and the University of Wisconsin Opera Theater. Adams has a particular interest in liturgical music and has enjoyed her time as a music director at churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Connecticut.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Adams currently serves as the South-Central-Lower Area Representative for Michigan ACDA and previously served as the Massachusetts ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women′s Choirs. She is also a member of Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Adams is a sought-after guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

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