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 choral ensembles, the semi-professional Ember of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (PCCT), but also within Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and other guest conducting appearances. Her commitment to nurturing the next generation in the arts can be seen through the growth of the Phoenix Initiative through Schola Cantorum on Hudson, along with her long standing leadership of the NJ-ACDA High 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, 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

May16

Voices from the Earth

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

Are we able to listen beyond the chatter of human voices hearing the evolving messages uttered by our planet? Culminating this 25th anniversary season will be a commission by celebrated composer Eric Banks that focuses on the global voice of our planet – its natural cycles and human interaction with those cycles. We extend the question, “What peril awaits should we choose not to listen?”

May17

Voices from the Earth

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

Are we able to listen beyond the chatter of human voices hearing the evolving messages uttered by our planet? Culminating this 25th anniversary season will be a commission by celebrated composer Eric Banks that focuses on the global voice of our planet – its natural cycles and human interaction with those cycles. We extend the question, “What peril awaits should we choose not to listen?”