Kirk Hanser

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Kirk Hanser Faculty
Title: Adjunct Faculty
Division: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
SubDepartment: Music Program
Office: FAB - 104
Phone Number: 636-922-8255



Additional Information

Kirk has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan since the mid '80s as a soloist and ensemble member. In concert and on recordings these days, he is mainly heard along with John McClellan as the internationally acclaimed Hanser-McClellan Guitar Duo.

The HMGD's first compact disc release, "Jongo – South American Music for Two Guitars," was touted as "an absolute winner in every way" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and "full of color and a real surprise throughout" (Classical Guitar Magazine – UK). Their most recent recording,"La Vida Breve," was called "...passionate, beautiful ... guitar playing at its highest order" by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine (U.S.) and Classical Guitar Magazine in the U.K. proclaimed it's "sheer swagger and verve."

Kirk moved to St. Louis in 1996 with his four children. He currently lectures and teaches for several colleges and universities (the HMGD is ensemble-in-residence for Webster University), arranges music for events and publications, and acts as director for both the Childbloom Guitar Program and the St. Louis Academy for Guitar. Locally, Kirk performs regularly as an on-call guitarist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Muny, as well as weddings and corporate events.

As a teacher, Kirk has been recognized with several awards including Childbloom's Outstanding National Program of the Year (twice!) and National Teacher of the Year.

Since 2002, he has directed the Mid America Guitar Camp for young guitarists from around the U.S. These camps bring young guitarists in from all around the country to participate in this unique week-long guitar event.

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