Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D., serves as Chair of the Department of Music & Theatre at University of Northwestern—St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association, four times chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and held office on ASTA’s Executive Board. Moss has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in nearly forty 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. With twelve years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestras, groups under his direction have 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 Development for Advanced String Orchestra, as well as several string orchestra arrangements.
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, celebrate thirty years of marriage and have three children: Bethany, Luke, and Lydia.
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