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 graduate 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, including 23 years with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. He has played with the North Carolina Symphony and the National Opera Orchestra, and he has soloed with the Künstlerhaus Theater Ensemble in Vienna. He studied trumpet with George Jansen (who later taught Wynton Marsalis), Douglas Meyer, Charles Brady, and Helmut Wobisch. He studied theory with Arthur Komar (Schenker) and Jonathan Kramer (time and rhythm). Past performances have included the second Brandenburg concerto and major works by Leopold Mozart (concerto), Michael Haydn (concertos), Stravinsky (Petrushka, Firebird Suite, Pulcinella Suite, Histoire du soldat), Jolivet (concertos), Tomasi (concerto, Semaine sainte à Cuzco), Stockhausen (Aries), Dlugoszeswski (Space is a Diamond), Davies (sonata), and Ticheli (The First Voice).
Kirk has taught at Roanoke College (VA) and in the Governor's Honors Program of Georgia. He co-directed the VSU Summer Program in Florence, and he has taught seven times in the University System of Georgia Summer Program in Paris. He is currently Professor of Music at Valdosta State University.