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About Kim

Kimberly Swan is a native of Livonia, Michigan.  A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Kimberly holds two degrees in Vocal Performance.  As a classically trained soprano, she has appeared in supportive and leading roles in operas and musicals over the past thirty years.  Some of her performance venues include the Bay View Music Festival, the Verdi Opera Theatre, the Great Lakes Lyric Opera, the Bellini Opera, the Michigan Opera Theatre Outreach Programs and the Musica da Camera Ensemble.  


Kimberly has also appeared as the soprano soloist for the Michigan Gospel Singers European Touring Choir that traveled to England, France, Switzerland and Scotland.  And to further her studies, Kimberly also attended the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Milan, Italy where she performed numerous operatic scene programs.


Kimberly returned to the Metro-Detroit area in 1993 to continue her classical solo career.  She frequently appears throughout Southeast Michigan and Canada as a concert soloist and operatic soprano.  A specialist in classical art song repertoire, Kimberly has given several Recital presentations and numerous charitable concerts for such organizations as the Dearborn Orchestral Society, the Grosse Pointe Chamber Music Society, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the Chamber Music Series of the Scarab Club, and the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit.  She has also appeared with several of Metro-Detroit’s professional symphonies including the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony, and the Clarion Symphony Orchestra. 


Upon her return to the Metro-Detroit area, Kimberly established a private vocal studio that provides individual lessons and coaching to more than fifty students.  Kimberly’s voice studio also expanded to students on the collegiate level as an Assistant Professor of Voice both at William Tyndale College and Marygrove College.  The studio membership represents all ages and all levels of music experiences; levels of music can be selected Disney songs for the youngest beginner to opera arias from the world’s most renown composers.  Kimberly supports the music programs in many of the area churches as well as several school systems.  She also holds annual seminars and clinics for various community choirs and youth organizations to promote interest in good vocal technique and in the vocal arts.


Kimberly also is an accomplished accompanist.  Kimberly started her piano studies at the age of seven.  By age fifteen, Kimberly continued her pianist pursuits at the University of Michigan, studying under Jill Christiansen – winner of the Annual University of Michigan Concerto Competition.  Kimberly often accompanies her vocal students for music competitions, college auditions and performances.  She is presently the accompanist and vocal coach for the Livonia Civic Chorus.


I began studying with Kim at just 10 years old.  Now, 11 years later, this still was the best decision I ever made!  Kim dedicated herself to vocal development in all stages.  Her understanding and ability to adapt to my learning style and ever-changing orthodontics allowed me to reach my full potential.  I am currently a student on a full-ride scholarship at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and I owe it all to Kim.  She was essential to my preparations for college auditions and remains a trusted ear to this day.  Kim saw my potential before I even believed in myself.  Kim’s expertise in both opera and musical theatre allowed for the development of the well-rounded, healthy singer.  I would recommend Kim as an instructor to any developing singer looking to sing recreationally or as a career.

- Natalie Corrigan, CCM college student studying Vocal Performance

I started taking singing lessons in my 50’s!  I have taken lessons from Kim for almost 5 years and it’s been an amazing experience!  The musical knowledge and talent she has is immeasurable.  I would recommend Kim to anyone who is looking for an instructor.  

- Connie Turzak, soloist, member of the Livonia Civic Chorus

Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished singer, Kim is the type of teacher kids and adult’s desire. She is devoted to working with her students to discover and explore their full range of voice, while refining skills and vocal capabilities the right way. She takes care in offering guidance, encouraging words, repertoire recommendations and so much more. If you’re serious about learning how to sing, or want to enhance your technique, look no further. Kim will help you do that and so much more. 

- Carrie Smith-Sinclair, Project Specialist, Community Choice Credit Union

As a soloist, Kimberly has sung a wide range of musical styles including that of serious classical repertoire to that of contemporary Christian selections.  In each case, she has met with considerable success and the approval of the most musically discerning.  Kimberly has enjoyed leading roles in seasonal dramatic presentations both operatically and sacred works of the church throughout the Metro-Detroit area and parts of Canada……..Perhaps Kimberly’s greatest qualifications are her own performances. Now working as an educator, Kimberly has enjoyed great success and many of her students have shown great improvement in such venues as festival competitions, solo performances, and leading roles in dramatic musical plays.  Many of her students have already achieved successful musical careers in Opera and Musical Theatre.  

- Dr. Jerry J. Smith, Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth

It is with great pleasure that I heartily recommend Kimberly Swan as a superb professional singer and as a marvelous musician.  I have known Ms. Swan since we first performed together at a benefit concert for the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in 1994.  I enjoyed the experience so much, we asked Kimberly to be the resident soprano in our opera troupe, Musica Da Camera, which performs throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area.  

- Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt, pianist and retired accompanist for The Dearborn Symphony

As a father, brother, and son of her vocal students and as a city leader who appreciates her work with the Livonia Civic Chorus, I am thankful for Kimberly Swan.  Her dedication, professionalism, and love inspires all who work with her to pursue a higher standard of excellence, and our community is better for it.

- Scott Bahr, Livonia City Council

Voice SampleKimberly Swan, Soprano, with Accompanist, Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt
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Voice Sample Credits, in order: 

The Serpent by Lee Hoiby 

Air Vif from Air Chantes by Francis Poulenc

The Gift of a Lifetime by Philip N’Bess

Mondnacht by Robert Schumann

Non mi dir from Don Giovanni by Mozart

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