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MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR

 

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Kirk Muspratt, Music Director/Conductor, was named the Conductor of the Year in 2018 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras in recognition of his exemplary achievements. Previously, he was named a “Chicagoan of the Year” by music critic John von Rhein and the writing staff of the Chicago Tribune. In honoring Kirk, von Rhein said, “Ask the delighted adults and kids who flocked to his concerts...they will tell you he made concertgoing an interactive experience that was both enlightening and - are you ready? - fun.” Recognized as one of the outstanding figures in the new generation of conductors, Kirk Muspratt has garnered international critical acclaim and was hailed as “a knowledgeable musician who delivers superbly controlled, gorgeously shaped readings” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and the Los Angeles Times declared, “Watch him!”

During Kirk's tenure as Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, he has instituted several highly commended programs that include a popular Solo Competition for Children that results in a child performing at almost every Northwest Indiana Symphony concert, and his vision was instrumental in founding the South Shore Summer Music Festival.

In order to involve the community to the maximum, Kirk created “Just Ask Kirk™” cards for audience members’ questions, and a “Kirkature™” cartoon to help advocate the credo: “Symphonic music is for everyone.”

Kirk served as Resident Conductor to Lorin Maazel at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1991-1996), was appointed as Associate Conductor to Joseph Silverstein at the Utah Symphony Orchestra (1990-1992), and served both as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Slatkin at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (1987 – 1990). He was Music Director of the Alberta Ballet (1997 – 1999), and served as a Cover Conductor at the New York Philharmonic. In addition, Kirk has guest conducted the orchestras of Los Angeles, Montreal, London, Korean Broadcast Symphony, and many more around the United States and Canada. He presently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of DuPage Opera Theatre as well as the Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago. Kirk wimade his debut  conducting appearance with the Joffrey Ballet in 2019.

In Europe, Kirk was Assistant Conductor in the opera houses of Monchengladbach/Krefeld, Germany, from 1985 to 1987. His American opera conducting debut came with the Utah Opera in 1991. He has also conducted for the Calgary Opera, Utah Opera, Arizona Opera and Opera Illinois.

As a teacher, Kirk most recently taught graduate conducting master classes at Illinois State University and judged the Concerto Competition at Northwestern University. He has previously taught at the Conductors’ Institute of the University of South Carolina, the Conductors’ Guild National Workshops, Association of Canadian Orchestras National Conference in Toronto, the Conductors’ Studio at Illinois State University and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. During the summer, he has taught at the Northwestern University seminar for singers, the SAI National Convention in St. Louis, and graduate conducting classes at VanderCook College of Music. Kirk recently completed a six-year tenure on the Board of Directors of the Conductors’ Guild.

Kirk is a native of Crows Nest Pass, Alberta, Canada. His early training was as a pianist. After leaving Alberta, he studied in St. Louis and New York with Harold Zabrack. Kirk continued in both a bachelor’s and master’s programs at Temple University with Adele Marcus and Alexander Fiorillo.  He went on to study conducting at the Vienna Conservatory of Music. Kirk became a citizen of the United States in November, 2010.