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Dr. Kirk Moss

Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D., serves as the newly appointed Music Department Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), 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. 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.
Moss has also written articles for Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra––Volumes 2 and 3, Journal of String Research, American String Teacher, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and The Instrumentalist. He completed a four-year term on the Music Educators Journal Editorial Committee for NAfME.
High school orchestras under his direction have performed for The Midwest Clinic (Chicago), Jubilee 2000 (Italy), earned the Gold Award at The San Francisco International Music Festival, the Grand Champion Award at The Orlando Festival of Music, and played three times for the Georgia MEA Conference (including a performance/clinic by the school’s thirty member viola choir).
Prior to his current appointment, Moss chaired the Music Education Department at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (WI). He formerly led orchestral activities and string music education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Under his baton, the MSU-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra tripled in size, and it performed for the 2009 Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference and 2007 North Dakota MEA Conference. Previously, he worked as Area Chair in Music Education at Valdosta State University and led the South Georgia String Project. He has conducted on the summer faculties of the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp (NC) and Interlochen Arts Camp (MI).
Moss holds a PhD 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 over twenty-five years of marriage. They have three children: Bethany, Luke, and Lydia.

Barbara Carlsen

Barbara Carlsen has been a music educator for over 35 years, with her special area of focus being strings and orchestral music. She received her formal education from various institutions which include the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, The School for Strings, Villanova University and the Juillard School.
Barbara founded and taught at the highly successful Suzuki Violin program at Brooklyn College, and has held several orchestral teaching positions in Brooklyn and Westchester County. She is currently teaching strings in grades four through eight at the Trinity School in New York City, where she also resides. The orchestras she has worked with have received consistently high scores and honors from various festivals in the Northeast region.
Ms. Carlsen is active as a performer of both orchestral and chamber music. She is a violinist with the St. Thomas Orchestra and the Handel Festival Orchestra. Her teaching practice is founded upon a strong belief in the power of every child to thrive and flourish when given the right amount of attention, encouragement and nurturing. A lifelong learner, Barbara continues to learn and grow with new coursework and workshop attendance every year.