2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

A Composer’s Inspiration and Preparation Behind the Music

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Broadmoor Hall D/E

Kirk Vogel
Composer, guest conductor, adjudicator and an educator/clinician.

Kirk Vogel received his Bachelor of Music Education from Capital University in 1980 and his Masters of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1987.

Mr. Vogel spent his entire music education career involved with Colorado schools including teaching assignments at Palisade Jr/Sr High School, Bayfield Middle and High School and, for most of his career, Heath Junior High/Heath Middle School in Greeley. During his career he was fortunate enough to be able to teach band, orchestra, choir and jazz band. In retirement Kirk continues to be active as a composer, guest conductor, adjudicator and an educator/clinician with recent clinics being presented at the Colorado Bandmasters Association convention, Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) convention and the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. Kirk was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame at the 2020 CMEA state convention.

Mr. Vogel has also had a successful career as a composer of band and orchestra music, being published by Kjos Music Company, Alfred Music, Grand Mesa Music and Southern Music (Lauren Keiser Music Publishing). He also distributes music through his own publishing company Wilderness Impressions Music (WI Music). He resides in Greeley, CO, with his wife, Susan. They have two grown daughters, Erin and Kayley. On his free days he loves to spend time with his family hiking, skiing or photographing nature.


This session will touch on some of the ways I approach writing for an ensemble. Insights into inspiration will lead to discussion about practical concerns involved in writing music: form, tempo, style, key, dynamics, orchestration and articulation/bowing. Musical excerpts will be shown and played (from recordings) to demonstrate certain concepts.

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