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. 

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 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.  She recently joined the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township as its Music Director.

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 Pospect 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.