Kurt Meyer, a native of the greater Chicagoland area, completed his undergraduate studies from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Since January 2020, Kurt also serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Scholastica Parish in Woodridge, IL. As an avid musician including roles as a pianist (and picking up the role of organist along the way), accompanist, clarinetist, handbell ringer, and composer and arranger for handbells, Kurt had his first piece of music accepted for publication at the age of 25, and has had original compositions and arrangements accepted at multiple publishing houses, including GIA Publications, Alfred Handbell, Sonology Music, From the Top Music, Jeffers Handbell, Grassy Meadow Music, Hope Publishing, and has also self-published music through Sheet Music Plus and J.W. Pepper.
In addition to handbell composing and arranging, Kurt also enjoys writing for solo and 4-hand piano, clarinet and woodwind chamber music, and expanded orchestral settings. Kurt's music highlights include performing on stage as a clarinetist at the Chicago Symphony Center for a world premiere commission in his junior high band days, and, most recently, as a clarinetist and handbell ringer with the First United Methodist Chancel Ringers of Downers Grove, IL, at the 2018 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar Hymn Festival in Grand Rapids, MI. Kurt has also performed as the audition, rehearsal, and pit orchestra piano accompanist with Little Mountain Community Theatre in Lemont, IL, and also enjoys assisting as an accompanist for after school choral programs and Solo & Ensemble functions. Additionally, Kurt enjoys watching and cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams (Go White Sox, Blackhawks, Bears, and Bulls!).