Jennifer Kirby was born in Maryville, Missouri and was awarded a Doctor of Music in Oboe Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in August of 2013.  Active as a performer on Oboe, English horn, Oboe d'amore, and Baroque Oboe, she has performed  with Joshua Bell, Geoffrey Burgess, Heidi Grant-Murphy, Sylvia McNair, Gil Shaham, and even Popular artists such as Ben Folds, Jason Alexander, and Vanessa Williams.  In high demand as an English hornist, she currently holds positions with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Music City Baroque, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival,  and Texas Music Festival.  She currently serves as Interim Second Oboe for the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.  She was a finalist for the 2011 Woodwind Concerto Competition at Indiana University, performing the Donizetti Concertino on English horn, making her the first and thus far only, English hornist to compete in the final round.


Jennifer has nearly 15 years of teaching experience, from private lessons to classrooms of 50 students.  As a private teacher, she has taught oboe to students ranging from Middle School through Graduate school, and has worked with students with special needs.  She maintains a private studio, where she primarily teaches oboe, but also bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone, with an added emphasis on young students who are doubling or switching instruments.  She currently teaches private lessons as a Guest Lecturer at Vincennes University.  Her former students can be found throughout the world, including Brazil, Korea, China, Canada, and Germany.  She spent 10 years teaching at the Northwest Music Camp of Excellence, where she organized and built a curriculum of Music History, World Music, and Music Appreciation. 


As a scholar Jennifer specializes in French Baroque Oboe music, on which her doctoral studies were focused.  She also studies performance practice in the works of the late Baroque and early Classical Eras.  As a lover of Ancient Music, she worked closely with Thomas Mathiesen during her doctoral studies and is currently working on The Aulos Project with fellow oboist, Keith Sorrels to study the instrument through surviving examples and reproductions.


Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music summa cum laude (2006) from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Master of Music in Oboe (2008) and Performer's Diploma (2009) from Indiana University.  Her primary teachers include Linda Strommen, Roger Roe, Washington McClain, Chris Gibson, and Dan Willett.

Jennifer is also an Aerialist, performing on Aerial silks, lyra, and Spanish Web Rope with AsaBela Studio in Bloomington.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking and baking, attending the local Farmer's Market, and spending time with her four year old Havanese, Isabella.

Jennifer is a Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Louisville Local.

Herald Times, Bloomington, IN
Review on concert performance

February 7, 2011

Jennifer M. Kirby

Art at IU, Bloomington, IN
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May 28, 2013

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