Style: World; Pop; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Bio: Kimberley Denis, M.Mus. Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance (University of Alberta, 2007), B.Mus. (Mount Allison University, 2003), B. Comm. (Mount Allison University, 2003) is known for her energy and enthusiasm both on stage and off, and is sought after as a soloist, choral clinician, and adjudicator for voice and choir. Upon completion of both her commerce and music undergraduate degrees at Mount Allison University, she returned to Alberta where she completed a double masters degree in choral conducting and vocal performance at the University of Alberta. She also holds an associate diploma in Education (1996) and a music diploma in contemporary vocal performance from Red Deer College (1997). Conducting credits include a wide variety of ensembles across the province; she has previously worked with the Mount Royal Youth Choir, the Red Deer College Chamber Choir, the Nota Bene Youth Choir, the Edmonton All-City Junior Children’s Choir and the Red Deer Children’s Choir. Most recently, she directs Shumayela, the Kokopelli Apprentice Choir in Edmonton, which she founded in 2006, She also regularly directs at MusiCamp Alberta and has worked with the Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute, providing a singing opportunity for students attending the strings workshops. She was the director of the Kamloops/Thompson Honour Choir in BC in November 2011 and was invited back to do a an adult chorister workshop in March 2012. She is also an experienced director of church music, having begun work in this area in 2000 at Mountain View United Church in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since then, she has worked for Knox Presbyterian Church in Red Deer, Trinity United Church in Edmonton, St. Thomas Anglican Church in Sherwood Park, and most recently, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Edmonton. Music for theatre credits include vocal coaching for Red Deer College’s 2011 production of Rent, creating and directing a live vocal music score for Red Deer College's production of Romeo and Juliet and creating and directing a live music score for the world premier of Vern Thiessen's adaptation of Wuthering Heights. She was also the music director and arranger for the 2010 production of the Red Deer College Class Acts Cabaret and vocal coach for the 2009 Class Acts production.
Vocal credits include a nomination for 2010 and 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, recital appearances around the province, and a year-long tour with Up With People. She has worked with Live Bait Theatre in New Brunswick, appearing in many of their musical dinner theatres, and has also played Bonnie in Anything Goes, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate!, and Frumah Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She recorded the Alphabet Action Songs for Themes and Variations Music Publishing, and was a soprano soloist for the University of Alberta’s recording of the Dvorak Te Deum. Her first solo recording of Jann Arden and Joni Mitchell tunes, as well as a number of original folk-style compositions will be released at the end of 2014. She currently teaches voice at Alberta College.
In addition to her work as a singer and conductor, Kimberley arranges pieces for choirs and is published by Cypress Music and Augsburg Fortress.
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: World; Pop; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program