We are pleased to announce that Kirk Wassmer has been appointed as the Music Director for KISSM 2022! Kirk has been teaching at KISSM since 2015 and has been an important part of our success. He has already started planning and making important connections in our community that will ensure that KISSM 2022 will be one of the best!
Kirk is currently the Director of Music at Didsbury High School in Didsbury, Alberta, a rural community situated midway between Calgary and Red Deer. In a school of only 270 students, 140 participate in one of the school’s two concert bands or three jazz ensembles. In addition to numerous local and regional performances, groups from Didsbury High School have travelled across Canada and to Scotland, England and Spain. Ensembles from DHS consistently receive high accolades for their concert and festival performances.
Kirk received his undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He has a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with Dr. Dale Lonis. In 2008, he was honoured to be recognized as a semi-finalist in Alberta Education’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. In 2017 Kirk received the David Peterkin Award in recognition of exemplary and consistent contribution to bands and band education from the Mu Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2019 he was presented with the Elkhorn Band Director of the Year award by the Alberta Band Association. In addition to being Past-President of the Alberta Band Association, Kirk co-chairs the Alberta Music Advocacy Alliance and sits on the board of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada.