Doc has composed over 50 pieces, primarily sacred pieces to be performed by choruses in church, school and community.


Dr. Keith Hampton’s primary passion for music comes from playing and performing on the organ.


Dr. Keith Hampton has conducted a wide and varied repertoire which includes works for chorus and orchestra,

Keith Hampton Singers Revisited open rehearsal and recording session coming soon

Bass & Tenors

Bass Bert
Bass Denell
Bass Warnell
Tenor Joe
Tenor Cisco
Tenor Chris

Sopranos & Altos

Soprano Vickie
Soprano Pat
Soprano Karen
Soprano Deanna
Soprano Chiblie
Alto Teniya
Alto Maretta
Alto Jodette
Alto Imani
Keith T Hampton, DMus, AAGO, ChM

Music Presence

Keith “Doc” Hampton is the Artistic Director/Founder of one of Chicago’s largest and most diverse community choral organizations, the Chicago Community Chorus. Additionally, he is an organist, conductor, composer, educator, church musician, adjudicator, and clinician. He is the Cantor to the Seminary Community at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the president of Dr. KT Productions, Inc. in Chicago. He is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Assistant Director of Music at Trinity United Church of Christ, also in Chicago.

A specialist in the field of Gospel Music, the North Central American Choral Directors Association in 2010 selected 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.” In February of 2016, Dr. Hampton made his  New York Carnegie Hall debut, conducting the National Festival Chorus sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.

Hampton earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ; a Master of Arts Degree from Marywood University, Scranton, PA; and a Doctor of Music Degree in Church Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He has also received the Service Playing, Choir Master, and Associate certificates from the American Guild of Organists.

Doc is the proud father to Kisha Dyan, Keith II, Annyce, and Melinda.


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Keith (affectionately known as “Doc”) is a dynamic clinician who fills the room with his generous spirit and his love for bringing people together through music. I have been a participant in many workshops that he has led over the years through various professional organizations, and he always shares his depth of knowledge and his wide breadth of musical abilities with liberal doses of light and laughter. He recently came to work with my church choir, who has adored his music for decades and who ended up enjoying Doc and his effervescence even more! He is the rare musician whose talents span the broad range of musical styles from Baroque organ and traditional choral music to gospel, spirituals, pop and jazz. He does it all with grace and a smile!

First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Keith has visited Augustana on a number of occasions to work with the Augustana Choir. He has worked with us both on his own compositions and works by other composers. His conducting style and rehearsal techniques are of the highest quality and he has an engaging and lively way of working with the group. Not only do they get better quickly under his direction, but they have fun and are inspired to work harder because of Keith’s infectious personality. Keith has also presented workshops for our symposium days, in which we bring guests from various fields to share their expertise with our students and faculty. I am always impressed with his engaging presentations, knowledge of both classical and contemporary styles and his ability to engage and audience—through lecture, discussion and musical involvement. I highly recommend you find a way to bring Keith to give a presentation or work with your group!

Augustana College

Keith Hampton is a dynamic presence on the podium. “Doc,” as he is affectionately known by those who work with him, conducted a mixed ensemble of high school singers for a Carnegie Hall performance with us. In our three-day residency, he elevated our young singers to a new plane of musical expression. Doc is an expert in a broad range of choral literature, and our group particularly benefited from his expertise in the African American spiritual. I have studied the spiritual in countless music history classes throughout my decades of music study, but never before have I heard someone speak so eloquently on this important genre of American music. His impassioned and scholarly direction compelled each of us in the chorus, regardless of race, to commit ourselves fully to this music under his guidance. His leadership is charismatic, transformative, and joyous. We at Manhattan Concert Productions look forward to the next time he conducts with us!

Manhattan Chorale


Although based in Chicago, Doc conducts workshops and accepts guest conducting roles for organizations across the state and country. In this way he is able to spread his rapturous joy of music.
Doc has conducted workshops at:
  • Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valporaiso, IN
  • Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Park Ridge, IL
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
  • Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
  • United Church of Christ Musicians’ Association
  • Association of Lutheran Church Musicians

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