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Kimberly Harris

Kimberly Harris

Counsel of Excellence

Music Literature

Music Appreciation

Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kimberly has lived in Texas for over twenty years. She studied piano and voice privately in a variety of places including the Tanglewood Institute of Music. In 1991, she completed a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music, Voice, from Centenary College of Louisiana. As a member and soloist of the Centenary College Choir, she toured Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Europe and Asia. In 1991 she began her graduate studies in musicology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she completed a Master of Arts degree. During the summer of 2001 she completed dissertation research in Italy dealing with the cultural and social role of the secular cantata and its association with the Accademia della Arcadia of Rome (1690-1720). Kimberly completed her dissertation Poetry and Patronage: Alessandro Scarlatti, the Accademia Degli Arcadia, and the Development of the Conversazione Cantata in Rome 1700-1710 and was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas in 2005. 
Kimberly has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, SMU and University of Texas at Dallas. In 2004, Kimberly became a professor of music at Collin College where she teaches music literature, music appreciation and a learning community that combines physics and music. Her motto “students today, patrons tomorrow” keeps her active in finding new teaching approaches that connect the “voices of the past” to the college students of today. As the Coordinator of the New Faculty Academy, Kimberly collaborates with executive leadership, deans, staff, students and other faculty to foster academic excellence and collegiality. She is also an experienced choir director. She continues to perform regularly and is a Performance Prelude Presenter for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Kimberly enjoys traveling. Her extensive travels have taken her to every continent except Antarctica. Along with staying active in her field, she stays busy as a wife and the mother of two boys ages fourteen and seventeen.