Charles Kamm W.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choirs, Chair, Joint Music Program

Office Address: Performing Arts Center 214
Office Phone: (909) 607-1881
Email: charles.kamm@scrippscollege.edu
Charles W. Kamm

Academic History

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Yale University
  • Master of Musical Arts, Yale University
  • Master of Music, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Earlham College

Areas of Expertise

Choral Music of Europe and the U.S from the middle ages to the present; European music history; U.S. music history; Scandinavian and Baltic choral and vocal music.

Awards and Honors

  • Johnson Raculty Award in Service, Scripps College
  • Fulbright Scholar, Finland
  • Conducting study, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
  • Music study, Vienna Conservatory


Charles W. Kamm is the conductor of the Claremont Concert Choir and the Claremont Chamber Choir of the Joint Music Program. He also teaches music history, with a research focus in Scandinavian choral music. Professor Kamm is an active vocal soloist, singing recital and oratorio in the United States and in Europe. He taught previously at Vassar College and at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Professor Kamm's repertoire as a conductor includes major choral orchestral works such as Bach, "B Minor Mass" and "St. John Passion," Haydn, "Creation," Mozart, "Requiem," Vaughan Williams, "Dona Nobis Pacem," Poulenc "Gloria," and Orff, "Catulli Carmina," as well as unaccompanied works and cycles from the 14th through 21st centuries. He has prepared choirs at Harvard University, at Yale University, for Finnish National Radio, and for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.

A tenor and countertenor, Mr. Kamm has performed oratorio and recitals throughout the United States and in Austria, England, Sweden and Finland. Recent engagements include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pasadena Pops, the Evangelist in the Bach "St. John Passion" in Turku, Finland, the role of the Madwoman in Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "Curlew River" in New Haven, Connecticut; tenor soloist in the Mozart "Requiem" at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria; performances of Monteverdi's 1610 "Vespers" with Drottningholms Barockensemble in Uppsala, Sweden; and live radio broadcasts for Finnish National Radio. He has sung and recorded with professional choral ensembles including the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, the Choir of the Church of the Advent, and with conductors as diverse as Robert Shaw, Peter Schreier, Simon Carrington and Stefan Parkman.

Courses Taught

  • Claremont Concert Choir
  • Claremont Chamber Choir
  • Fundamentals of Music
  • Introduction to Music: Sound and Meaning
  • Music in Western Civilization
  • Music in the United States
  • Music Literature and Analysis Since 1900
  • Stravinsky: His Milieu and His Music
  • Private Conducting Lessons

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