Kimberly Dunn Adams is the Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University where she directs the University Chorale, Collegiate Singers, and Grand Chorus. She also directs the graduate program in choral conducting and teaches choral literature, choral conducting, and advanced conducting.
Under her direction, the University Chorale at Western Michigan University received 2nd place in the 2013 American Prize. In 2015, her choir was invited to perform at two conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, including the Regional Convention in Chicago, as well as the Michigan Music Conference. In spring of 2014, she premiered Paul Lansky’s cantata, Contemplating Weather, and recorded the piece for Bridge Records. That album received positive reviews and is available through iTunes, Amazon, and other international retail distributors. University Chorale’s latest album, Ex corde, was released in May 2016. In 2015, Adams was named a Conducting Fellow in the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program and presented at the Nordic Choral Conference. She is scheduled to present at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona in 2017. Adams has also received grants, academic awards, and honors from several institutions. As a graduate student, she received 2nd Prize at the American Choral Directors Association national conducting competition.
Adams was previously the Director of Choral Ensembles at Mount Holyoke College, where she taught conducting and directed the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Oberlin College, a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting with a minor in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, she participated in the Oregon Bach Festival conducting a master class with Helmut Rilling and was a fellow in orchestral conducting at the Conductor’s Institute at the University of South Carolina.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Adams has served as the Massachusetts ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs and the South-Central-Lower Area Representative for Michigan ACDA. She is currently the Youth & Student Activities Chair for Michigan ACDA. She is also a member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and is President of WMU’s Pi Kappa Lambda Chapter. Adams is highly praised for her energetic, positive, and insightful work as an honor choir conductor and is a sought-after guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.