About our director


KIRK WOOD, Director of the Holland Windmill Chorus (right),
shown accepting the Pioneer District's 2008 "Most Improved Chapter" award.


Kirk Wood has been involved with music since the 6th grade as a trumpet player; however, vocally, he started at Unity High School in Tolono Ill., where he sang with the choirs in school and was involved in three school musicals. Outside of class he sang in a Christian singing group called, "Celebrate Life." They toured for several summers around the country.


KirkWoodHe graduated from high school in 1978 and, following in his father's footsteps, after a four-year apprenticeship, received his journeyman card in plumbing, pipefitting and certified welding.

In Illinois he participated in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony where he sat first chair trumpet. He also joined the Barbershop Harmony Society, which promotes and preserves the four-part unaccompanied singing style of the 1920s and '30s. He loved a cappella harmony and the challenge of singing with three other voices. In 1986 he studied singing with Richard Hertel, a vocal graduate student at the University of Illinois under the nationally recognized William Miller. In the next two years his quartets became known internationally in competition and shows while recording several CDs.


The Barbershop Society hired his group to participate in weeklong teaching sessions called, Harmony Explosion. These camps, attended by students from all over the country, were held in Hartford, Conn., Indianapolis, Ind., Orlando, Fla. and Toledo, Ohio. He also taught at Harmony College seminars in several states, coaching young people in music theory, visual performance and music interpretation. He directed the Battle Creek Cereal City chorus 1994 to1996.


He was named director of the Holland Windmill Chorus in June, 2005. Meanwhile, he studied more music.

In spring 2008 he completed an undergraduate degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education from Western Michigan University, graduating cum laude. At WMU he sang in several choirs and performed in the noted WMU Chorale, which was the first U.S. choir to win the prestigious European Choir Competition, in 2004. Kirk is a resident of Paw Paw, Michigan.

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