Wayne Kirby

223 Lipinsky Hall, CPO 2290
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm; Tuesdays 1:00– 2:00 pm; Thursdays by appointment.

Wayne Kirby was born in Paterson, New Jersey. In the mid-1960s, he moved to New York City to attend Juilliard, where he pursued composition studies and was a student of New York Philharmonic double bassist Frederick Zimmerman and bass virtuoso Gary Karr. While at Juilliard, Kirby formed a rock group with singer/actor Deborah Harry (later of Blondie). After recording two albums on Capitol Records—and sharing the bill with Jimi Hendrix, Leslie West (Mountain), Traffic, Bette Midler, Spooky Tooth, Rhinoceros, et al—Kirby left the group to pursue work as a performer, composer, arranger and conductor in New York theater, television, and records. From the late 1960s until the early 1980s, Kirby wrote arrangements and conducted for television shows including the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and Julie Andrews shows.


B.Mus., Juilliard School
M.Mus.,Yale University
D.Arts, New York University

Courses Taught

  • HW171 Sp Top in HW
  • MUSC364 Jazz Theory and Improv I
  • MUSC365 Jazz Theory and Improv II
  • MUSC386 Audio Engineering Tech II
  • MUSC387 Recording Studio Practicum II
  • MUSC488 Directed Studio Projects
  • MUSC490 Prof and Technical Internship
  • HW171 Sp Top in HW
  • MUSC384 Audio Engineering Technology I
  • MUSC385 Recording Studio Practicum I
  • MUSC499 Undergraduate Research in MUSC