Faculty by Area

Kimberly Gratland James

Associate Professor, Voice; Coordinator, MM Vocal Performance Program


Personal Summary

Dr. Kimberly Gratland James, Mezzo-Soprano, is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Montana where she primarily teaches applied voice, voice pedagogy, and diction for singers.  She maintains an active performance career particularly as a concert artist and recitalist.  She has performed in concert with the London Sinfonietta, the New World Symphony, the Los Angeles Symphony, New Orleans Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, among other organizations.  Her performance repertoire is quite diverse, encompassing oratorio works by Bach, operatic repertoire from Purcell to Adamo, and concert works by Verdi, Mahler, Ravel, and contemporary composers.  For more information on Dr. James's performance career, please visit http://kimberlygratlandjames.com. 

James’s growing passion for bridging the gap between the hard sciences and singing began in 2008 when she completed the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze.  Her current work focuses on semi-occluded vocal tract physiology, Evidence-Based Singing (EBS), singers' vibrato, and voice acoustics.  James is a member of the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), a Regional Governor for NATS, and the Pacific Northwest Chapter President for the College Music Society.


  • Certificate in Vocology, National Center for Voice & Speech (Summer Vocology Institute), 2008
  • Doctor of Music, Indiana University, 2005
  • Performer Diploma, Indiana University, 2000
  • Master of Music, Rice University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas Christian University, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice (MUSI195-551)
  • Diction for Singers (MUSI281-282)
  • Voice Pedagogy (MUSI442, 444)
  • Voice Techniques for Music Education majors (MUSE123)
  • Advanced courses in diction and pedagogy


  • College Music Society (CMS)
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA)