Kimberly Waigwa, Artist Director
Kimberly Waigwa is a graduate from the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, holding a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. With aspirations to stand out as a high caliber, high energy, and multifaceted educator and conductor, Kimberly has sought to gain a multitude of different musical and leadership experiences with such opportunities as Interim Director of the St. Nicholas and After School Music Program Choirs, guest conductor in the Helios Ensemble, as well as assistant and small ensemble director with the LGBTQA mixed chorus Desert Voices, with which she made her national conducting debut at the 2016 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, Colorado. Most notably, in 2017, Kimberly was selected as 1 of 8 undergraduates to participate in the Inaugural Undergraduate Masterclass at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association’s National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was honored and privileged to work with both clinicians Dr. Ann Howard Jones and the Luther College Collegiate Chorale.
Kimberly has appeared twice as a conductor in with the Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir, receiving lessons and participating in masterclasses with preeminent conductors such as Dr. James Jordan, Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Dr. Arian Khaefi, Dr. Jaclyn Johnson, and Dr. Jason Harris. Additionally, Kimberly also serves as Music Director at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Kimberly began as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Women’s Choir in July 2017, marking her debut as a GALA Chorus Director. As a proud member of the LGBTQA community and advocate for social justice, Kimberly is looking forward to embarking on this new chapter of growth with the Phoenix Women’s Chorus and continuing to strengthen the numbers and visibility of Arizona’s GALA Choruses.