Location: Michigan, USA
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 teaches advanced conducting, graduate choral conducting, and choral literature.
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 2006–11, 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. She also maintains a performing life as both soprano and mezzo-soprano soloist with various ensembles.
An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Adams has served as the Massachusetts ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair for Women′s Choirs. Adams is a sought-after guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.