The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (PCCT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D., as its new Director of Music. In her role, Dr. King will be responsible for interacting with all musical programming, planning music for worship services, serving as organist and choir director, and working alongside Janice Williams, the Associate Music Director of PCCT, to build the music ministry program at the church. She will begin her position at PCCT on July 1.
“After reviewing, interviewing and auditioning numerous candidates over the past year, the Search Committee is very pleased to have found Deborah,” said Ellen Dinneen, Chair of the Director of Music Search Committee for PCCT. “We are confident that our music ministry, together with Janice, will continue to strengthen and grow under Deborah's skilled and experienced leadership. Deborah is a consummate professional and a very nice person who will fit in nicely at PCCT.”
Dr. King brings with her over 25 years of experience as a conductor, building and leading choral ensembles and music programs for ecclesiastic, academic and other non-profit organizations. She is the founder and artistic director of Ember, the vocal ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and of PROJECT : ENCORE™, the internationally-acclaimed advocacy initiative for post-premiere performances of new choral music. Her leadership roles in the professional community include Chair of the New York Choral Consortium (NYCC), and Coordinator of the NJ-ACDA High School Choral Festival since 1994. She plays an active role in the vibrant Manhattan choral scene and serves the national and international music community through her guest conducting and body of published work.
“The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township has a rich musical history and a commitment to high quality,” says Dr. King. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant congregation, and look forward to continuing and expanding ministry through music with the wonderful people at PCCT.”
Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Texas and a MMus in Music Education/Choral Conducting from North Texas State University. Prior to her position at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, she was the Interim Music Director of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Artistic Director of Crescent Concerts, and conductor of the Crescent Choral Society and Crescent Singers.
The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township is a vibrant, multi-generational congregation that celebrates the glory of God through faith, fellowship, and service. Drawing members from three counties and more than 20 communities, it welcomes all, whether you are a young family, a single adult, or a couple with grown children. The congregation reflects diverse perspectives, provides rich music and educational programs for all ages, and through social outreach addresses hunger, homelessness and recovery from disasters or other crises. The church is located at 240 Southern Boulevard. Sunday worship services are at 10 a.m. If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more, visit us at www.pcct-nj.org or call the church office at 973-635-2340.