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Kimberly Dunn Adams

WMU School of Music

Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, the director of choral activities at Western Michigan University, knew the pandemic would drastically reduce in-person singing. She also knew that her students wanted to be as productive as possible and make a difference. Then she remembered the wedding of some dear friends, in which the couple offered tokens representing donation amounts in place of favors, encouraging their guests to assign their tokens to selected charities. It sparked a months-long project called Choir for Good.

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They auditioned from their bedrooms, basements, and backyards to join the WMU School of Music as choral students this year. Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, the director of Choral Activities, says she is moved by their tenacity and talent, saying there are reasons for singing that transcend any moment in history and the challenges they represent.

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The Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival, an annual day-long festival that brings over 1000 high-school singers to Western Michigan University for a day of learning, rehearsing and performing, will be held on Thursday, March 14 with a final concert beginning at 7 pm in Miller Auditorium. Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams will prepare and conduct a concert of joyful works by leading the singers from the stage, facing the main floor where the singers will be standing. The audience sits above in the Grand Tier for the free performance.

Dr. Adams and Carl Doubleday, who served as Director of Concerts at the WMU School of Music until 2010, share their perspectives on the festival, with Doubleday offering historical tidbits from the festival's 81 year existence.

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Western Michigan University choirs will fill the upper and lower spaces of a large sanctuary with over 160 singers for its annual presentation of 'A Choral Christmas,' Saturday, Dec 1 at First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo. Kimberly Dunn Adams, Director of Choral Activities at WMU, and Greg Jasperse, director of Gold Company, join Cara Lieurance to talk about the special nature of the concert and how all the parts fit together.

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Kimberly Dunn Adams, director of choral studies at Western Michigan University, and fourth-year vocal student Keiwon Lambert share some teasers about this year's 'A Choral Christmas,' a beloved tradition featuring a kaleidescope of student choirs. Held in First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, the two performances, at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, will feature processional singing, vocal jazz, spirituals, and carols new and old.