Project: Research in women’s studies, Africana studies, music and history toward development of new opera.
Paula Kimper is a composer of opera, music for theater, television, dance, film, and song. Her first opera Patience & Sarah premiered in the Lincoln Center Festival ’98. Kimper’s most recent 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. Kimper’s complete catalog of scores was recently acquired by the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University. She is a professional member of BMI and Opera America, and serves on the board of Old Deerfield Productions and The Phoenix Concerts. Kimper is Artistic Director of Salon Harlem, which presents concerts in the West Harlem home of Helen Rodgers to celebrate and showcase neighborhood artists in a salon setting to nourish, challenge, entertain, and build a diverse neighborhood audience. Kimper received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.