Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the Music Department at University of Northwestern. Prior to his appointment at UNW, Moss served as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education Department at the Lawrence University (WI) Conservatory of Music. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association, thrice chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and served on ASTA’s Executive Board. Moss has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in more than thirty-five states. The University of Florida School of Music awarded him an Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and he has received five ASTA National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards.
During his twelve years teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestras, groups under his direction earned distinction at state, national, and international events. One of his former high schools honors him by annually awarding a college string scholarship in his name. He has coauthored two method books for Alfred Music—Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra
and Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra
Moss holds a Ph.D. in Music Education, conducting emphasis, from the University of Florida (Gainesville). He received a Master of Music degree, with a cognate in string pedagogy, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a graduate teaching assistant for Gerald Doan and a Bachelor of Music degree, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan under the guidance of Robert Culver. Kirk and his wife, Deb, have three children: Bethany, Luke, and Lydia.
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