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James, Kimberly

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 Kimberly Gratland James, Mezzo-Soprano, is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Montana School of Music where she had taught in the voice division since 2005.  Previously she served as an Associate Instructor and the Associate Instructor Coordinator at Indiana University where she received both a Performer Diploma and the Doctor of Music degree.
Dr. James enjoys an active performance career in opera, concert, and recital venues. Ms. James’ tone has been described as “well-rounded,” “deep, rich,” and “resonant.” Her performances have been noted for vocal strength, nuance, musicality, and convincing dramatic portrayals. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 2003 in John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with John Adams conducting the London Sinfonietta and previously performed the piece with the New World Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recent notable concert performances include: Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Helena Symphony, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiems with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Texas University Chorale and Orchestra at Ft. Worth’s Bass Hall and with the Corpus Christi Symphony, and both the Mozart & Duruflé Requiems with the Glacier Symphony.  Ms. James is equally at home on the operatic stage, having performed with Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, New Orleans Opera, Montana Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and other companies across North America.  Ms. James is represented by Wade Artist Management.
Applied Voice, Voice Pedagogy, Diction for Singers, Techniques: Voice
Research & Creative Activity:
  • Opera, Concert, and Recital Performance
  • Voice pedagogy, sociology of opera, teaching with technology
  • James, K., “Fascination with the Human Voice,” (guest book review) Journal of Singing, January/February 2011.
  • James, K., “2007 NATS Intern Program Report,” Inter Nos, Fall 2007.
  • James, K., Gendered Experience and the Modern Mezzo-Soprano, 2006.
Awards and Honors:
  • Certificate in Vocology, Summer Vocology Institute, National Center for Voice and Speech, 2008
  • Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Metropolitan Opera, 2004

  • Doctor of Music, Vocal Performance, Indiana University
  • Performer Diploma, Indiana University
  • Master of Music, Vocal Performance, Rice University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Texas Christian University