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Kirk Moss
Kirk Moss




Kirk D. Moss, PhD, serves as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, Interim Dean of the College of Behavioral & Natural Sciences, and Professor of Music at University of Northwestern – St. Paul, where he received the 2021 Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He is a former national president of the American String Teachers Association, five times chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and held elected office on ASTA’s Executive Board. Moss has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in forty states and Australia. The University of Florida School of Music awarded him an Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and he has received six 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 method books for Alfred Music’s Sound Innovations series, as well as numerous string orchestra arrangements for Alfred Music and Carl Fischer Music.

Assessment Practices of School Orchestra Directors and String Teachers

Kirk Moss shares the findings of research he conducted with colleagues Dr. Stephen Benham and Dr. Kristen Pellegrino on what types of assessments were being administered in the orchestra classroom,...

Developing a Sound-Driven String Technique

Kirk Moss discusses how to develop a sound-driven, rather than note-driven technique among string players.