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 and did additional study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He is an accomplished conductor and has played trumpet 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); his on-going theoretical interests are aesthetics and temporal proportions. 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, in the Governor's Honors Program of Georgia, in the VSU Summer Study Program in Florence, and three times in the University System of Georgia Summer Study Program in Paris. He is currently Professor of Music at Valdosta State University and Conductor of the Valdosta State University Opera. Kirk also performs regularly in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the faculty brass quintet, and the faculty jazz quintet and as a solo recitalist.