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Kimberly Souther

POSITION: Instructor; Program Director - Preparatory Music

Preparatory Music

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LA 021

PHONE: (540) 432-4227


A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kimberly Souther received her Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University, and Master of Music Education from Shenandoah University. She is currently a doctoral student at James Madison University, where she is achieving a DMA in orchestral conducting.  She has performed with the Williamsburg Sinfonia, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Peninsula Players Theater, Northern Lights Theater, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Weidner Philharmonic, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Manitowoc Symphony, and Oshkosh Symphony. Ms. Souther also has a rigorous orchestral conducting schedule, directing many musicals, operas, and orchestras. She is currently the conductor of the Nelson County Community Orchestra and enjoys guest conducting university, youth, and regional orchestras whenever possible.

Ms. Souther is known for her genre-bending and alternative string playing on the cello. She specializes in multi-style performances using her six string electric cello, and has performed with Tran-Siberian Orchestra and genre-fusion rock orchestra, Symphony on the Rocks. Her love for world music and collaboration has led to performances with musicians from many different countries. She has participated in projects with the Silk Road Ensemble, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Mark Wood, Michael Bolton, Rushad Eggleston, Mike Block, Yo Yo Ma and many others.

Ms. Souther currently serves as the program director for Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music at Eastern Mennonite University, and is on faculty at the EMU Music Department as a music instructor and specialist in music education.


BM, James Madison University
MMED, Shenandoah University

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