Paula Kimper (Composer, Conductor, Producer), a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has been active in New York City for over 30 years as a composer of opera, theater, dance, film and song. Ms. Kimper’s first opera, “Patience & Sarah,” commissioned by American Opera Projects, premiered in Lincoln Center Festival “98. The Act II Duet, “I want to live,” on CRI’s release Lesbian American Composers, won two 1999 GLAMA Awards. “The Captivation of Eunice Williams,” commissioned by the PVMA of Deerfield, MA, premiered in July 2004. It was seen at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC in 2006, and toured the Balkan region in September 2008. Kimper’s newest opera “TRUTH, An American Opera about Sojourner Truth,” with a libretto by Talaya Delaney, was commissioned by Old Deerfield Productions and premiered in Feb. 2012 at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. Paula Kimper Ensemble performed the chamber version of “TRUTH,” in the NY International Fringe Festival 2013. A Fractured Atlas sponsored artist and participant of New York Opera Alliance, Kimper has received commissions from The Phoenix Concerts, Amy Pivar Dances, Richard Daniels, Downtown Music Productions, Walt Whitman Project, Opera America, and others. Her complete catalog, published by Once in a Blue Moon Music, was recently acquired by the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University. Kimper is currently one of five inaugural participants in the Columbia Community Scholars Program.

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