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

Previous events

May19

A Second Simplicity

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

A return to simplicity – and the possibility of sharing its joyful wisdom – is the subject of this concert. Externally resembling some elements of childhood naiveté, the simplicity of the second half of life, deepened by life experience, is able to live happily with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries. Ember turns to the life wisdom offered by such disparate sources as Rabindranath Tagore, Ysaÿe Barnwell and Stephen Sondheim among others – and draws upon the extraordinary solo talents for which the Ember singing family is known. Tickets in advance online for $20; at the door for $25. Seniors/students, $15; children 18 and under are free of charge. For more information go to www.EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002, Ext.5.

May18

A Second Simplicity

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

A return to simplicity – and the possibility of sharing its joyful wisdom – is the subject of this concert. Externally resembling some elements of childhood naiveté, the simplicity of the second half of life, deepened by life experience, is able to live happily with paradoxes, doubts, and mysteries. Ember turns to the life wisdom offered by such disparate sources as Rabindranath Tagore, Ysaÿe Barnwell and Stephen Sondheim among others – and draws upon the extraordinary solo talents for which the Ember singing family is known. Tickets in advance online for $20; at the door for $25. Seniors/students, $15; children 18 and under are free of charge. For more information go to www.EmberEnsemble.org or call 888-407-6002 Ext.5.

Mar3

Coming of Age: Carpe diem!

Caldwell University, Alumni Theater, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, 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.

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.

Dec9

An Ember December: Star of Wonder

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

The Ember ensemble under the artistic leadership of conductor Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D. presents its annual “An Ember December” holiday choral concert and carols. The title of this year’s concert is “Star of Wonder” after a featured composition by Gordon Thornett which Ember will perform in its American premiere. The concert will feature a variety of choral repertoire and traditional holiday favorites. 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.