Dr. Daniel Kirk is a member of the conducting faculty at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, serving as the Director of Instrumental Activities. In this position, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in Conducting and Music Education, as well as administers all ensembles, teaching, curriculum, and operational aspects of the instrumental program.
Prior to his appointment of Director of Instrumental Activities at Reinhardt University, Dr. Kirk taught in the Blue Valley School District of Overland Park, Kansas for six years. As the Director of Bands at Blue Valley West High School (2009-2013), Kirk oversaw all facets of the wind band program, which included conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and instructing the nationally renowned Red and Silver Brigade. The Blue Valley West Symphonic Wind Ensemble was awarded Highest Kansas State Level Honors by the National Foundation for Music Education; this ensemble was also selected to appear in honored performance at the 2013 Kansas State Music Educators' Convention. Kirk was nationally awarded the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award by National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in 2012.
Dr. Kirk holds degrees from Missouri Western State University (Music Education and Piano Performance, 2007), Northwestern University (Wind Conducting, 2015), and Michigan State University (Wind Conducting, 2017). He credits his teachers and mentors Avian Bear, David Bennett, Jane Wheat, Mallory Thompson, and Kevin Sedatole. His professional affiliations include NAfME, NBA, GMEA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.