Joseph Kemper

Photo Credit: Karen Chamberlin

Doctor of Musical Arts
Conducting; Choral

Joseph Kemper is a conductor, educator, and composer who has worked with professional, collegiate, secondary, youth, community, and church ensembles. While at the University of Michigan, he served as the artistic director of Arts Chorale, Residential College Singers, U-M’s prison outreach ensemble Out of the Blue, and was an assistant director of Chamber Choir, Orpheus Singers, Women’s Glee Club, and as the chorus master for the U-M opera department.

Joseph received his master’s degree from Yale University where he was awarded the inaugural Robert Shaw Prize. He served for five years as the assistant director of choral activities at Winter Park High School in Florida, during which time the advanced treble choir under his direction was invited to perform at the Florida ACDA convention. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College where he graduated with departmental distinction.

Joseph is indebted to many people at the University of Michigan who have made a tremendous impact on his professional development, including Eugene Rogers, Mark Stover, Julie Skadsem, and Colleen Conway. He is grateful for the unconditional love and support from his mother Leah, father Mark, and siblings Keenan and Vanessa. Most importantly, he is thankful for his wife Abby and daughter Cecilia, both of whom are his most constant source of joy.