Conductor & Artistic Director

Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D., is a visionary 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 not only her own four choral ensembles (including the semi-professional Ember, of Schola Cantorum on Hudson), but also within Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and other guest conducting appearances. 

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 an ongoing columnist with ACDA’s The Choral Journal, and host of public radio’s Sounds Choral, she serves the music community worldwide. 

Supplementing her work in the not-for-profit and professional conducting arena, Dr. King frequently works as a professor and as a director of music within church programs. 

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart

Guest Conducting; Tlaxcala, Mexico

Guest Conducting; Tlaxcala, Mexico

Upcoming Appearances

Mar2

Coming of Age: Carpe diem!

St. John's in the Village, 218 w. 11th street, New York, NY

Ember is collaborating with NYC’s Encore Creativity for Older Adults Chorale in “Carpe diem!” (translating literally as “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”), the 2nd concert in their "Coming of Age" season. Ember and Encore singers celebrate the many opportunities open to those whose work life is easing its demands in the second half of life – opportunities for creative and social engagement and meaningful service. Tickets: in advance online, $20; at the door,$25. Children 18 and under, free of charge. Seniors and students: $15. For more, visit www.emberensemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.

Mar3

Coming of Age: Carpe diem!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 94 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ

Ember is collaborating with NYC’s Encore Creativity for Older Adults Chorale in “Carpe diem!” (translating literally as “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”), the 2nd concert in their "Coming of Age" season. Ember and Encore singers celebrate the many opportunities open to those whose work life is easing its demands in the second half of life – opportunities for creative and social engagement and meaningful service. Tickets: in advance online, $20; at the door,$25. Children 18 and under, free of charge. Seniors and students: $15. For more, visit www.emberensemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.