Denise Chigas Kirkland
Denise Chigas Kirkland, instructor of clarinet at Valparaiso University since 1994 is also principal clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Over the past 30 years she has also served on the orchestras staff as interim executive director, personnel manager and librarian. Her passion for music education is reflected in her service as a member of several boards of directors including the Northwest Indiana Symphony's education committee, the Regional Arts Council and Southlake Children’s Choir. While a member of the symphony staff, she created and implemented the successful “Toot & Doodle” and “Strings in Schools” programs to encourage young children to become interested in playing musical instruments. She was clarinet instructor at the IU summer music clinics for high school aged students from 1989-1999.