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Paula M. Kimper
Paula M. Kimper

 

Paula Kimper, Composer, b. 1956, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has been active in New York City for over 30 years as a composer of opera, theater, dance, film and song.  Her entire catalogue of scores was recently acquired by the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University.

Ms. Kimper’s first opera, Patience & Sarah, premiered in Lincoln Center Festival ’98. The Captivation of Eunice Williams, commissioned by the PVMA of Deerfield, MA, premiered in July 2004, and was most recently performed in Skopje, Macedonia.  The Bridge of San Luis Rey, based on Thornton Wilder’s novel, was seen at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA in 2007.  Ms. Kimper’s latest opera TRUTH, An American Opera about Sojourner Truth, premiered in February 2012 at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA, and is now touring in a chamber version for five singers and seven-piece orchestra conducted by the composer.

She has received commissions from The Phoenix Concerts, Old Deerfield Productions, Amy Pivar Dances, Richard Daniels, Downtown Music Productions, The Walt Whitman Project, American Opera Projects, Opera America, and others.  The composer is grateful for the generous support of American Music Center, International Music and Art Foundation, Lincoln Center Festival, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Meet the Composer and Theatre Communications Group.

Kimper is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar (2013-2016)

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paulakimper@gmail.com

7 Comments

  1. Hi Paula!

    Greetings and salutations. Hope you’re doing well.

    On March 11th, the Center for Contemporary Opera will present a workshop or ‘atelier’ of my new music-theater piece, “Big Jim and the Small-time Investors”. In lieu of the intended larger orchestration, this workshop will be accompanied by accordion and electronic keyboard, both instruments that will play a large role in the final orchestration and that present some of the biggest challenges. The accordionist will be Bill Schimmel so I don’t have many worries there. But I have not been able to find a keyboardist who is familiar with the possibilities of digital keyboards and I feel that is key.

    I don’t have much experience with programming myself so I am looking for help beyond what is in the notated score. I offered the gig to Patrick Grant but unfortunately he is not available. I have asked him and some others for recommendations but have not so far succeeded in finding the right person for the gig. It occurred to me that you be able to play or might have some suggestions.

    I can, of course, provide more information about the project to you or anyone you might recommend.

    Many thanks for any help you can give and all best wishes.

    Eric

  2. Dear Ray, thanks so much for your message. Sadly, MERCY is an unpublished collection which I had access to because Ms. Gardinier is a close personal friend. However, I am proud to say that I set a lyric of hers for the Opera America Songbook, which can be found on volume III, track 10, “Here is a Place.”
    Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Opera-America-Songbook-3/dp/B009LAXQX8/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1368017310&sr=1-4&keywords=opera+america+songbook
    Cheers,
    Paula

  3. My (relatively) new husband and I had the pleasure of hearing “MERCY: The Grandmother Poems” at last Friday evening’s SongFusion concert. Thank you so much for your very beautiful music! Thank you also for bringing Suzanne Gardinier’s touching poetry to our attention. Noting with chagrin Ms Gardinier’s underrepresentation in our library, I happily got two wonderful collections — “The New World” and “Iridium” — yesterday at the Strand. I’ve been unable, however, to locate the full collection of “Mercy” poems (the 99 that you mentioned after the concert); have they not been published? Thank you, Ms Kimper, for any light you can shed on this — and, again, for your music. –Ray Warman

  4. Nice meeting you, even briefly, at the premiere of Gerald Cohen’s opera “Steal a Pencil for Me”. Please let me know when your “Truth” will be in NYC. I don’t want to miss it. Good luck and best wishes,
    Mina Crasson

    • Mina, great to meet you, too! See you at the opera.

    • Mina, I hope you can attend one of the shows this summer. Dates are posted on my home page. Best, Paula.


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