Jane Abbott-Kirk, professor of piano at Baylor University, is in demand as soloist, collaborator, adjudicator, and clinician. In 1989 she received the Outstanding Tenured Teacher Award from Baylor University. In 2004 she was named the Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association. Her former students hold prestigious positions at universities, conservatories, and private teaching venues in this country and abroad.
Abbott-Kirk is well known to music teachers' associations in the South and Midwest through her presentations, workshops, and adjudications, including Music Teachers National Association state competitions in Texas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Mississippi, and Wyoming’s seven state Smoky Range Piano competition. Her special expertise is in helping pianists build healthy technique that serves both virtuosity and interpretive sophistication. This teaching approach also helps pianists prevent and recover from performance injuries.
A student of Sidney Foster and Menahem Pressler, Professor Kirk received a B.M., M.M., and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University. More recently, she has worked with Edna Golandsky and with Sheila Paige, director of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar. Each summer she serves on the faculty of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar at the University of North Texas. Her performances include the premier of the Bernard Heiden Triple Concerto, concerto performances with the San Antonio and Houston Symphony orchestras, and numerous university orchestras.
Jane Abbott-Kirk is a recording artist for the Musical Heritage Society and Raven Records.