Associate Professor of Piano
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-1417
Fax: (254) 710-1191
Acclaimed throughout the South and Midwest, JANE ABBOTT-KIRK is in demand as soloist, collaborator, adjudicator, and clinician. She is professor of piano at Baylor University and has taught at the University of Kansas and Indiana University.
In 1989 Jane Abbott-Kirk was awarded the Outstanding Tenured Teacher Award by Baylor University. In 2004 she was named the Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. She is also listed in Marquis Who's Who for 2004 and 2005. Many of her former students hold prestigious positions at universities, conservatories, and private teaching venues in this country and abroad. She is experienced in helping pianists prevent and recover from performance injuries and in building healthy technique that serves both virtuosity and interpretive sophistication.
Jane Abbott-Kirk, a native of Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Texas, began piano study with Robert Floyd at the age of three. At age eleven, she won the Corpus Christi Symphony Bach Contest. By seventeen, she had won contests sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Texas Music Teachers Association, and San Antonio Music Teachers Association. She also had performed with the San Antonio Symphony and Houston Symphony. While studying at Indiana University, she received enthusiastic reviews as the featured soloist on two mid-western orchestra tours, including the world premiere of Bernard HeidenÆs Triple Concerto.
A student of Sidney Foster and Menahem Pressler, she received a B.M., M.M., and the coveted Performer's Certificate from Indiana University. More recently, she has worked extensively with Edna Golandsky, former associate director of the Dorothy Taubman Institute and with Sheila Paige, director of the Piano Wellness Seminar.
Her engagements over the span of several decades have included solo, collaborative, and orchestral performances throughout this country, Canada, and Austria. She is especially well known to music teachersÆ associations through her extensive presentations, workshops, and adjudications.
Jane Abbott-Kirk is a recording artist for the Musical Heritage Society and has received critical acclaim in Audio and Stereo Review. Her sensitive and inspired performances have provoked the highest accolades from the press.