2013 Concert

About The Guest Clinician

Dr. Keith Hampton (affectionately known as "Doc") is a conductor, composer, educator, church musician, organ performer, adjudicator, and workshop clinician. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director/Founder of the Chicago Community Chorus (CCC), he is the Director of Music at Hillcrest Baptist Church and president of Dr. KT Productions, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.

Classically trained as an organist and as a conductor, Dr. Hampton has taught students from nursery through college levels, served as Director of Music at churches of various denominations and is often sought after as a guest conductor and workshop clinician throughout the US, Germany, Trinidad, and Africa. In October of 2010, the North Central American Choral Directors Association selected Dr. Hampton as one of the top 25 Contemporary Composers "whose composition, Praise His Holy Name, should be standard repertoire for choirs today and for the next 25 years."

Keith Hampton has guest-conducted the Virginia All State Honors' Choir, the Georgia All State Collegiate Chorus, Rhode Island All-State Chorus, ACDA's Eastern Division High School Honor's Choir, Baltimore All-County High School Chorus, and the Pennsylvania Region I & VI High School Choirs.

Dr. Hampton earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey; a Master of Arts Degree from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania; and a Doctor of Music Degree in Church Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He was twice chosen as one of 14 conductors to participate in the Oregon Bach Festival Conducting Master classes. The festival is held at the University of Oregon under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Thomas Somerville. He also was chosen to conduct in an a cappella music workshop sponsored by Chorus America.

At Dr. KT Productions, Inc., he provides music transcriptions of Black Gospel Music with the use of Finale by MakeMusic, he has produced the CD, Celebrate (2009), and has published the book, Praise His Holy Name … And Other Songs in the Gospel Style (2011). As a published composer, Dr. Hampton’s arrangements of Spirituals and Gospel Songs can be found at Augsburg Fortress Press, Choristers Guild, earthsongs Publications, Hal Leonard Corporation and Hinshaw Music.