She received her undergraduate degree in organ from Ball State University, with minors in piano performance/church music. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Organ and a Masters in Art and Religion from Yale University, through the Institute of Sacred Music. Post-graduate study, Ms. Kirner attended the Hochschüle für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where she studied voice, piano, organ, choral conducting and continuo playing.
Ms. Kirner has served as a full-time church musician in New York and Ohio. She is a published composer of choral and handbell music through World Library Publications of Chicago. Ms. Kirner resides in South Bend, Indiana with husband Scott, 9-year old twins Emma and Claire, and 6-year old Joseph.
The program with music largely from the Romantic era, will include works by Karen Schneider Kirner, Joseph Jongen, Edvard Grieg, Searle Wright, André Fleury, David Johnson, Eugene Gigout, Maurice Duruflé, and Marcel Dupré.
All are invited to a light reception in Cana Hall following the recital.