Kimberley Schultz, Music Director & Conductor
Kelly Zuercher, Accompanist
The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale was the Chorale’s 29-member ensemble composed of auditioned singers from within the larger Chorale membership. The Chamber Singers represented the Chorale in venues and at events where a larger chorus was impractical. The Chamber Singers was founded by Director-Conductor Kimberley Schultz in 2010 with the mission to support education and community outreach, encouraging young people to pursue their singing interests beyond high school and college, and to recruit singers for the Chorale in general. The Chamber Singers performed choral literature from across the centuries.
Through annual touring days at local high schools, the Chamber Singers encouraged students’ further development and future interest in choral singing. During these visits, invitations were extended to recommended singer-apprentices (“Choral Scholars”) to perform with the larger symphonic chorus for at least one concert season. In past years, Choral Scholars have come from local high schools: Rampart, Wasson, Pine Creek, Manitou Springs, Discovery Canyon, Falcon, Mitchell, Liberty, and Cheyenne Mountain.
In 2013 the group traveled to sing at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, under the direction of composer-conductor Dr. René Clausen from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, presenting Dr. Clausen’s work, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, for chorus and wind ensemble. Other performances have included Carmina Burana at the Pikes Peak Center with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (2012), and The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass performed with Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet at the Meadowgrass Music Festival (2012). The Chamber Singers have also performed with the Cherry Creek Children’s Chorus in Denver (2010), at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (2011), and at Studio Bee in the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs as part of the Showcase at Studio Bee concert series (2011).
Kimberley Schultz was the founder and conductor of the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale. She also served as the Director of Music at First Christian Church, where she conducted the Children’s, Youth, Chancel and Handbell choirs. Ms. Schultz received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for choirs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Duke University. Ms. Schultz was selected as a conductor for the National Conductor’s Symposium in Vancouver, B.C., in May of 2010. Ms. Schultz has over a decade of choral conducting experience, as a vocal music instructor in the public and parochial schools for seven years, as a private piano and voice teacher for nearly 20 years, and as a judge for choral festivals in town. She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honors society, as well as the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America.