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

Nov9

Civil Discourse

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

Ember celebrates its 25th season (2018-2019) with the theme "Listening." Its first concert addresses head-on the sociologically necessary move from the anger of our current times to the civility we know is a viable alternative. The concert will ask such questions as how do we reestablish meaningful dialogue; how can we listen without combat? Tickets in advance online $20; at the door $25. Seniors/students $15. Children 18 and under free of charge. For more information, go to www.EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002, est. 5.

Nov10

Civil Discourse

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ 07079

Ember celebrates its 25th season (2018-2019) with the theme "Listening." Its first concert addresses head-on the sociologically necessary move from the anger of our current times to the civility we know is a viable alternative. The concert will ask such questions as how do we reestablish meaningful dialogue; how can we listen without combat? Tickets in advance online $20; at the door $25. Seniors/students $15. Children 18 and under free of charge. For more information, go to www.EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002, est. 5.

Feb29

Outside Voices

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

In "Outside Voices", the 2nd concert of Ember's 25th-anniversary season, we are asking the question of what voices we choose to hear. Are we able to hear not only human voices – but are we able to listen even more universally to the evolving messages uttered by our planet? Composers Eric Banks and Robert Paterson collaborate in a companion world commission, each producing half of the music for this concert that focuses on the global voice of our planet – its natural cycles, as well as human interaction with those cycles. We extend the question, asking if there is such a thing as an actual right to be heard; also asking, “at what peril do we choose not to listen?” Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $20 at www.emberensemble.org, or at the door for $25. Seniors/students, $15; Ages 18 and under are free of charge. For more information go to www. EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.

Mar1

Outside Voices

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ 07079

In "Outside Voices", the 2nd concert of Ember's 25th-anniversary season, we are asking the question of what voices we choose to hear. Are we able to hear not only human voices – but are we able to listen even more universally to the evolving messages uttered by our planet? Composers Eric Banks and Robert Paterson collaborate in a companion world commission, each producing half of the music for this concert that focuses on the global voice of our planet – its natural cycles, as well as human interaction with those cycles. We extend the question, asking if there is such a thing as an actual right to be heard; also asking, “at what peril do we choose not to listen?” Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $20 at www.emberensemble.org, or at the door for $25. Seniors/students, $15; Ages 18 and under are free of charge. For more information go to www. EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.