Kenneth Kirk earned the B.A. degree, magna cum laude, at Duke University; the M.A. at Radford University; and the Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. Additional study was done at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Kirk has over 30 years’ experience as principal trumpet in community, university, and professional orchestras. He has played with the North Carolina Symphony and the National Opera Orchestra and soloed with the Künstlerhaus Theater Ensemble in Vienna. He studied theory with Arthur Komar (Schenker) and Jonathan Kramer (time and rhythm). He studied trumpet with George Jansen, Douglas Meyer, Charles Brady, Helmut Wobisch, Mark Ridenhour, and James Wilt; past performances have included the second Brandenburg concerto and major works by Michael Haydn, Stravinsky, Jolivet, Stockhausen, Dlugoszeswski, and Ticheli. Kirk has taught at Roanoke College and in the Governor's Honors Program of Georgia. He has been co-director of the VSU Summer Program in Florence, and he has taught six times in the University System of Georgia Summer Program in Paris. He is currently Professor of Music at Valdosta State University.