St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

Dr. Ned Kirk

Piano, Music Theory
Music Scholarship Coordinator

152 St. Yon’s Hall
Campus PO: #1460

Pianist Ned Kirk possesses a deep commitment to sharing music with diverse audiences around the globe. His performance schedule regularly takes him from the concert halls of China, to recital series around the United States, and from schools in Kenya, to performance spaces in Winona, Minnesota, where Kirk is serving in his eighth season as Artistic and Managing Director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

For the 2012-2013 season Kirk gave performances in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States, and served on the jury of the Hong Kong International Piano Invitation Competition. In addition, Kirk performed with the Shanghai Quartet and gave several concerts with legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis including the opening concert of the 2012 Minnesota Beethoven Festival. For the upcoming season Kirk has a busy schedule of solo recitals and master classes - as well as duo recitals with violinist Chun Chim Leung - in Columbia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and the United States.

Kirk derives equal enjoyment from solo, concerto and chamber music activities, and has collaborated with numerous outstanding musicians, many of whom serve as conductors and principles in major orchestras around the world – Michala Petri, Michael Christie, Kevin Kenner, Qian Zhou, Li-Wei Qin, Lionel Tan, Charles Kavalowski, Glenn Einschlag, Olav Van Hezewijk, Ron Ephrat, Jeffrey Work, David Jones, Lisa-Maree Amos, Daniel Rothmuller and Donald McInnes. He has appeared as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and the Shasta Symphony. In addition, Kirk served as orchestral pianist for the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado for three summers, performing many of the seminal orchestral works that feature piano, including Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Piazzolla's Three Chamber Pieces for piano and string orchestra, Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals for two pianos, and Copland's Appalachian Spring and Billy the Kid. Kirk also performed in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya on a United States Embassy-sponsored tour where he gave multiple public recitals, master classes, teacher workshops, and a private concert for the United States Ambassador to Kenya.

Kirk studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and holds a doctorate from the University of Washington. His piano and chamber music coaches have included Craig Sheppard, Walter Hautzig, Nigel Coxe, Earl Carlyss, Tinka Knopp and Charles Treger.

In addition to his performance career, Kirk is equally dedicated to teaching. He has taught at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington; spent four summers teaching piano master classes to students from rural Alaska at the Sitka Fine Arts Institute in Sitka, Alaska; served on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, for seven years; is currently serving a three-year term as Guest Professor at Huizhou University in Huizhou, China; and is Professor of Piano at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota.



  • MUL104-404 Applied Piano
  • MU 130 Music Fundamentals I
  • MU 131 Music Fundamentals II
  • MU 160 Music Theory I
  • MU 165 Music Theory II
  • MU 260 Music Theory III
  • MU 448 Form & Analysis


DMA, piano performance; University of Washington
Major Teacher: Craig Sheppard
Dissertation: Grazyna Bacewicz and Social Realism

MM, piano performance; University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Major Teacher: Nigel Coxe

BM, piano performance; Peabody Conservatory of Music
Major Teacher: Walter Hautzig