portrait of Kirk Moss

Kirk Moss, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities
Chair, Department of Music & Theatre
Professor of Music

B.Mus. University of Michigan
M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Ph.D. University of Florida

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Totino Fine Arts Center, F2224
3003 Snelling Ave North
St. Paul, MN 55113


Dr. Moss serves as Dean, College of Arts & Humanities and Professor of Music and Chair for the Department of Music & Theatre at Northwestern, where he received the 2021 Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association, five times chaired the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, and held office on ASTA’s Executive Board. He has coauthored Sound Innovations series method books for Alfred Music, as well as numerous string orchestra arrangements. Moss has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in nearly 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.

Moss holds a Ph.D. in Music Education, conducting emphasis, from University of Florida (Gainesville) where his mentors included Raymond Chobaz, Timothy Brophy, and Russell Robinson. He received a Master of Music degree, with a cognate in string pedagogy, from 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 University of Michigan under the guidance of Robert Culver.

Kirk and his wife, Deb, celebrate more than thirty years of marriage and have three children: Bethany, Luke, and Lydia.

Faculty member since 2014

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