Kirk O’Riordan

composer | conductor | saxophonist


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“The Six works on ‘Strange Flowers’ reveal a composer for whom imagery is a defining inspiration. Each of the pieces -- beautifully played -- has a title that establishes a mood or a particular emotional world. O’Riordan is a deeply sensitive composer who savours going gently into the night.”

--Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone Magazine (April 2014)

Kirk O'Riordan’s music has been referred to as “unapologetically beautiful” and is often praised for its uniquely “visual” qualities that depict a wide range of striking moods. His music has been performed in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, and Russia; and in thirty of the fifty United States. Recordings of his works appear on the Ravello, Centaur, ERM-Media and EnF labels, and feature performances by Lawrence Stomberg, Marianne Gythfeldt, Holly Roadfeldt, and Frederick L. Hemke. In 2009 Dr. O'Riordan joined the faculty of Lafayette College where he serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands, teaching courses in music theory, and composition and conducts The Lafayette College Concert Band. Kirk studied composition with Rodney Rogers, Randall Shinn, James De Mars, Glenn Hackbarth, Burton Beerman, and Marilyn Shrude. He has studied saxophone with Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, and Eugene Rousseau.


The Masque of Edgar Allan Poe
Friday, November 11, 2016
The University of Delaware
Loudes Recital Hall, 8 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Lafayette College
Williams Center for the Arts, 3 pm

World Premiere


Preludes Project CD Release Concert
featuring Holly Roadfeldt, piano
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Lafayette College
Williams Center for the Arts, 3 pm
Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano

More CD Release events are in the works...check back soon!

Shiki (The Four Seasons)
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Lafayette College Percussion Ensemble
The Lafayette College Concert Band
Williams Center for the Arts, 8 pm

World Premiere


The Lafayette College Concert Band

Music by Shostakovich, Lo Presti, Whitacre, and Copland. Also featuring the world premier of Shiki (The Four Seasons) for Taiko and Wind Ensemble.

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Music by Schuman, Elgar, Bennet, Gandolfi, and Hindemith…as well as the world premiere of a new piece from composer Zach Jones (Lafayette class of 2013) that was commissioned by the LCCB.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Lafayette College Contemporary Music Ensemble

Soundtrack to the film Nosferatu performed live on Halloween! The performance will take place at the brand new Buck Hall Theater, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies.

Monday, October 31, 2016. 9:30 pm


Music TBD.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Shiki (The Four Seasons)
Concerto for Taiko and Wind Ensemble

DECEMBER 10, 2016

Music for the Play Metamorphosis
by Mary Zimmerman
in collaboration with the Lafayette College
Department of Theater

APRIL, 2017



Kirk is the conductor of The Lafayette College Concert Band and the Lafayette College Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Previous to his Lafayette appointment, Kirk was an Assistant Conductor for the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the Timberline Symphony Orchestra (now the Boulder Symphony). He also appeared as a guest conductor with the Boulder Concert Band.

The Preludes Project
Ravello Recordings
Twenty-Six Preludes for Solo Piano

Strange Flowers
Ravello Records

High Notes
Centaur Records
Moments, Once Remembered
for Sopranino Saxophone and Guitar

Simple Gifts
EnF Records
Cathedral for Alto Saxophone
and Organ

Peter Richard Conte & the Grand Skinner E.M. Skinner Organ
Cathedral for Alto Saxophone
and Organ

Masterworks of the New Era, vol 15
ERM Media
River Lights for Orchestra


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Lafayette College
Easton, Pennsylvania


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