Kim Childs

Associate Professor of Choral Studies and VoiceLorton Performance Center  2110

Dr. Kim Childs, Associate Professor of Choral Studies and Voice at the University of Tulsa, directs the Cappella Chamber Singers, TU Chorale, teaches private voice and choral conducting, as well as mentoring at least one student assistant conductor per year. Cappella Chamber Singers has been featured at Carnegie Hall, in Oklahoma Centennial concerts, Brown Bag-It Series at the Tulsa PAC, the prestigious Bernsen Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church, among others. Dr. Childs has conducted the Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Pinkham Christmas Cantata, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Mozart Coronation Mass, Fauré Requiem, and many other choral works. He has studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller of Westminster Choir College, Simon Carrington at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Jerry McCoy, past President of the American Choral Directors Association. He supports Oklahoma All-Collegiate Festivals (sending two quartets each year), and was active in bringing in national clinicians Jo-Michael Scheibe, David Childs, Doreen Rao and Ann Howard Jones. Nationally known clinicians have conducted at TU with Cappella Chamber Singers, including Z. Randall Stroope of Oklahoma State University and Jerry McCoy of University of North Texas.

Dr. Childs also performs frequently as solo tenor, with recent performances including Vaughan Williams’ Ten Blake Songs, with oboist Lise Glaser; J. S. Bach’s B-minor Mass with Tulsa Oratorio Chorus; Mozart’s Requiem with University of North Texas Symphony and Chorus. His Carnegie Hall debut included Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Dominica and Vesperae solennes de confessore. He has also sung Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Semele with the Staunton Music Festival in Staunton, VA, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Tulsa Opera, and J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with the Dallas Bach Society. He has sung with a number of professional choirs, including the American Bach Soloists, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Carmel Bach Festival, Texas Choral Artists, Dallas Bach Society, Desert Chorale, and the Westminster Chamber Choir in Florence, Italy. Dr. Childs supports the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a number of his students have won or placed in the yearly Oklahoma division.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, Early Music Emphasis
    • The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 2006
  • Master of Music in Choral Conducting/Voice Performance
    • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1988
  • Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance
    • Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 1980
  • Texas State Teachers Certification (All-Level Music)
    • Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 1997

Areas of Academic Specialty

Choirs, Voice, Conducting

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Director of UTD Chorale
    • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Teaching Fellow
    • The University of North Texas, Denton
  • Voice/Music Instructor
    • Cedar Valley Community College, Lancaster, TX
  • Choral Director
    • Ousley Junior High School, Arlington, TX

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Director of Music
    • Unity Church of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Associate Director of Music
    • Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX
  • Music Instructor
    • St. Monica Catholic School, Dallas, TX
  • Choral Director
    • Temple Shalom Synagogue, Dallas, TX

Professional Affiliations

  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Oklahoma Choral Directors Association
  • National Association for Music Education (MENC)
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization

Courses Taught at TU

  • Advanced Conducting (MUS 4162)
  • Conducting (MUS 3062)
  • TU Capella Singers (MUS 0171)
  • TU Concert Chorale (MUS 0051)
  • Voice (MUS 0671-3)

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Development Summer Fellowship Program, The University of Tulsa (2006, 07, 08)
  • National Music Honors Society - Pi Kappa Lambda, The University of North Texas, 2002.
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, The University of Tulsa, 2006.