Dr. Kurt Knecht

Faculty/Staff profile

Adjunct Professor of Music Theory
Background: 

Kurt Knecht is a composer, organist, and conductor currently living in Lincoln, Nebraska. His compositions have been described as “funky” and “joyous” in the Washington Post, and the American Record Guide has called him a “fresh voice.” His compositions have become a staple of the modern choral festival literature having been performed on All State and ACDA concerts in over 15 states. Recent performances of his compositions include international performances at festivals and concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and a performance at the Kennedy Center by the Grammy Award winning Washington Chorale. He is regularly commissioned and publishes with Walton Music. He has received the ASCAP Plus award (2008 and 2009) from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His composition Missa Prolationem was awarded the Folsom Prize for the most outstanding dissertation of the University of Nebraska in 2009. As an eclectic performer, Kurt has been a featured soloist with groups ranging from Smokey Robinson to The Florida Orchestra. Kurt also regular appears regularly as a concert organist. He has served as an accompanist to many of the nations leading choral conductors having performed in concert with Jo-Michael Scheibe, Jerry McCoy, Doreen Rao, Andre Thomas, Kevin Fenton, and Therees Hibbard. He has been an organ student of Christopher Marks, Robert Anderson, and David Clark Isele. Kurt is the music director at St. Mark's on the Campus in Lincoln. http://www.kurtknecht.com

Education: 

University of Tampa - Bachelor of Music (Concentrations in Piano Performance and Theory)
Southern Methodist University - Master of Music (Composition)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition Major with a minor in Organ performance)