Professor Kimcherie Lloyd is currently the Director of Orchestral Studies and Opera Theatre in the School of Music. She also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition to orchestra and opera theatre, Professor Lloyd teaches instrumental graduate conducting and advanced undergraduate conducting. Professor Lloyd holds a Bachelor and Master's degree in piano performance from Eastern Michigan University, a Master's degree in orchestral/opera conducting from Louisiana State University and was a member of the Apprentice Conducting Program in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. As an apprentice conductor, professor Lloyd worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Composer’s Forum, Minneapolis Symphony and the Plymouth Music Series. In addition to her studies in the U.S., Professor Lloyd studied conducting with Julius Kalmar at the Conservatorium in Vienna, Austria.
Professionally, Ms. Lloyd served as Director of Music with Kentucky Opera from 1999-2007, where she was the Music Director for the Rudd Young Artist Program and Assistant Conductor/Chorus master for the main stage productions. Other past affiliations include the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Youth Orchestra, Music Theater of Louisville, Voices of Kentuckiana, the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, MacPhail Center for Arts, Baton Rouge Opera, Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra.
The University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, under Professor Lloyd, gave its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, was a featured ensemble at the CODA National Conference in 2010 and a featured ensemble at the KMEA Conference in 2012. Professor Lloyd is a founding member of the College Orchestra Director’s Association and a member of MENC/KMEA, ASTA, ASOL, Conductor’s Guild and the College Music Society. As a clinician, Professor Lloyd is frequently engaged to give master classes in orchestral conducting, choral/orchestral conducting and opera. She is also frequently engaged to adjudicate string programs and orchestra programs at the secondary level. Active in promoting music of living composers, Professor Lloyd’s most current recording, Karel Husa “Music of Life,” on Ablaze Records, featuring the UofL Symphony Orchestra and cellist Paul York, is available on Amazon. Professor Lloyd’s former conducting students hold major positions in Ecuador, Brazil, Korea, Germany and the US.