Kim Cargile, originally from Trenton, GA, is happy to be returning to the Junaluska stage this summer as accompanist and assistant musical director for the Junaluska Singers. Cargile was the accompanist for the Singers from 1991 – 2002 and has continued to come back as a guest pianist whenever possible.
Cargile recently received the doctorate of musical arts in conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi. She holds the Bachelor of Music in piano performance and the Master of Music in conducting from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Before moving to Mississippi to pursue doctoral studies, she served on the music faculty of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, was the Director of Music and the Arts at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was also an active recording studio musician and arranger in Nashville, TN and throughout the southeast. She has taken 21 concert tours throughout Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia, as well as numerous U.S. tours. Performance venues include the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Chautauqua Institute, White House Christmas performances, the 2001 Presidential Prayer Breakfast, the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles, and featured performances on television and radio programs broadcast nationally and internationally. Cargile is also a lifelong church musician as a choir director, pianist, organist, and vocalist.
In Mississippi, Cargile was a conductor, pianist, and vocal coach for numerous opera and musical theater productions with both The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Opera. These included Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Godspell, and Guys and Dolls. Through these productions, she has worked with professional opera singers and stage directors from New York City and around the world. Now that she has completed her doctorate degree, she is currently seeking employment with opera companies, universities, and churches as a conductor, pianist, and/or professor.