Lewis Kirk is a member of the orchestras of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Santa Fe Opera, playing bassoon and contrabassoon. He also performs regularly with the Bach Week Festival, Music of the Baroque, and the Chicago Philharmonic. His music studies were at the Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Kirk is a former member of the Städtischen Orchester of Bremerhaven, Germany, and the New Orleans Symphony. He has recorded the music of Villa-Lobos and Badings for the Albany label. His compositions are published by Prairie Dawg Press. He is a lecturer in bassoon at Roosevelt University in Chicago.