Kurt Knecht is a composer, organist, and conductor currently living in Kansas City, Missouri. His compositions have been described as “funky” and “joyous” in the Washington Post, and “brilliant in concept” in The Tracker magazine. His compositions have become a staple of the modern choral festival literature and area regular feature at festivals and concerts throughout the United States. Performances of his compositions include international performances at festivals and concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and China. His music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and by Grammy Award winning groups like the KC Chorale and the Washington Chorale.
In 2016, he was the commissioned composer for the national convention of the Organ Historical society where his Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue for organ and percussion was premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He has been featured on the American Public Media program Pipedreams multiple times as a composer and performer. His compositions have been featured at the national conventions of the International Clarinet Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Association of British Choral Directors, and the International Flute Symposium of West Virginia University. He is regularly commissioned and publishes with Walton, Pavane, and Colla Voce.
His composition Missa Prolationem was awarded the Folsom Prize for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation of the University of Nebraska in 2009. As an eclectic performer, Kurt has been a featured soloist with groups ranging from Smokey Robinson to The Florida Orchestra, and he is the frequent collaborative organist/pianist for the multiple Grammy Award winning KC Chorale. Kurt regularly appears as a concert organist and collaborative pianist and has performed at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organist and the American Choral Directors Association. He plays with violist Jonah Sirota in the improvisation group, Mondegreen. He is the organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Kansas City and the co-founder of MusicSpoke, a company that is creating the world’s largest marketplace for artist owned sheet music by making it easy for composers to self-publish and monetize their music.