Choral Department


James Kallembach

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James Kallembach

Director of Choral Activities, University of Chicago

James Kallembach, Director of Choral Activities, conducts the University Chorus, Motet Choir, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir. Prior to his appointment, he was Assistant Director of Choirs at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and served as Assistant Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and Director of the Kokomo Symphony Chorus. Kallembach completed a doctorate of music degree in choral conducting in March 2008 at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has studied conducting with Paul Hillier, Jan Harrington, Carmen Téllez, Melinda O'Neal, and John Poole; he has also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström, Augusta Reed Thomas, Claude Baker, and Don Freund. His works have been premiered at the 1997 ALEA III International Composition Competition and published by Corda Music in the United Kingdom. He has been teaching at Chicago since 2005.