Kim has been RiverSong's director since October 2005. Under her expert and enthusiastic leadership, RiverSong has been awarded the Sweet Adelines Midwest Plains Region 7 Division A Championship trophy, the Region 7 Ruby Pike Musical Excellence trophy awarded to the Division A chorus with the highest Sound category score, has more than doubled in membership, and has especially grown in musical and performance creativity and confidence!
Kim's mission is helping women of all ages become better a cappella singers! She specializes in vocal production, travels the world coaching quartets and choruses, and gives private vocal music lessons in her studio. Her desire to reach more singers and entrepreneurial spirit helped her pioneer KimKraut.com--high quality, downloadable 4-part learning media used by many choruses and quartets in Sweet Adelines International. Her latest venture, "Simply Sing with Kim" is an exciting online vocal lessons video series and an outstanding complement to the thousands of titles already in Kim's vast learning media repertoire.
Kim recently debuted as lead in Applause, a new quartet. She previously sang in PRIMO!, Chord-On-Blues and Blue Revue quartets for almost 10 years and competed in the Top 20 at International quartet competition several times. Kim has also earned Master Director distinction in the Sweet Adelines International organization.
Kim studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She graduated with degrees in Music Education and Secondary Biology Education, and then began a Master’s Program in Vocal Performance. Kim became so busy singing opera that she never returned to her Master’s. Kim was a professional opera singer for 12 years and has only recently retired to teach music. She attributes much of her early education to Sweet Adelines – of which she’s been a member since she was 15 years old! Kim thanks Sweet Adelines for giving her the courage to grow!