Dr. Kim Harris - Biography

Dr. Kim R. Harris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Upstate, New York. She is a Liturgical Consultant for the Office of Black Ministry in the Archdiocese of New York. With her husband Reggie, Kim records and travels the nation, performing concerts, lecturing on the music of African American freedom traditions, and leading music in a variety of liturgical settings. Kim and Reggie specialize in singing Spirituals and freedom songs and present arts integration workshops, offered to educators, through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

Kimís educational background includes a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Masters of Divinity degree in Worship and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. As the thesis for her Master of Divinity degree, Kim wrote the libretto and collaborated with Wm. Glenn Osborne to compose the one-act family opera, Friends of Freedom: An Underground Railroad Story. While pursuing her Ph.D. at Union Seminary, Kim composed Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals, along with composer and GIA Publications contributor, M. Roger Holland, II Welcome Table is a featured Mass setting in the second edition of GIA Publicationsí Lead Me Guide Me hymnal.