- M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1999
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University, 1997
Kimberly Carballo is senior lecturer in music in chamber and collaborative music and coordinating opera coach for IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
She joined the Chamber and Collaborative Music Department in 2016, its inaugural year, and is the departmental liaison with the Jacobs brass faculty.
Carballo strongly believes in and practices community engagement locally and globally. She founded and directs Reimagining Opera for Kids, a music community engagement and education program based in Bloomington, Indiana.
She participates annually as faculty advisor for the Indiana University portion of the team in the Cheerful Heart Music Education Mission in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and codirects the Jacobs Distance Teaching and Learning Lab, the year-round online teaching program that connects students in the Jacobs School of Music and students in the Loma de Cabrera Escuelita de Música.
Carballo has previously worked as the mainstage and young artists’ program coach for the Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica and as music theory instructor and vocal coach at the Conservatorio Musical de Alajuela, the Escuela de Artes Musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica.
She is a founding member of the Amity Trio, a chamber ensemble with hornist Michael Walker and soprano Katie Dukes. The Amity Trio collaborates with living composers and performs new music as a vehicle for building communication among and reflection on today’s global community, especially as an amplifier for historically excluded voices. The trio released its debut recording, Between Us Now, in April 2022, available on SoundCloud.
Carballo also forms part of the inaugural and ongoing team for Tunaweza Kimuziki (Through Music All is Possible), a project promoting exchange among music educators, scholars, and performers in Kenya and the U.S. The project involves hundreds of students and educators from both sides of the ocean, from primary school through adults. Participants interact through instrumental and vocal coaching lessons, master classes, compositional collaborations, scholarly investigations, and cultural exchanges.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University (Individualized Major Program) in Music Theory, and a Master of Music in Music Theory from the Jacobs School of Music. She studied piano with Michel Block and Christopher Harding, and chamber music with Leonard Hokanson.
To quote internationally renowned composer, performer, and conductor Anthony Plog, “Simply put, Kim Carballo is a musician who uses her art to do good in the world.”