Nancy Kirkland Klein, PhD

Nancy Kirkland Klein

Title: Director
Company: F. Lidwig Diehn School of Music
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

Nancy Kirkland Klein, PhD, Director at F. Lidwig Diehn School of Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

Having long harbored a love for music, Dr. Klein initially sought to become a music teacher for public school students. However, she soon resolved that she could avail herself better to her field by training those who would go on to teach themselves. Before embarking upon her professional journey, she sought a formal education at the University of Richmond, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1976. Continuing her academic efforts apace, she next received a master’s degree in vocal performance from Eastern Kentucky University in 1982. Following this academic, Dr. Klein concluded her education at New York University, where she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in music in 1986.

In a career suffused with highlights, Dr. Klein is most proud to have toured Europe during the summer months of a six-year period with the Sound of America, an organization that involved recent high school graduates. In this capacity, she was gratified to conduct six concerts at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and to have chaperoned her students during their visits to major concert venues. Likewise, in 2017, Dr. Klein accompanied her choir group to Carnegie Hall in New York City, where they performed a beautiful solo concert.

Since 2017, Dr. Klein has served as the director of the Diehn School of Music at Old Dominion University. She has also maintained involvement as a professor of music since 2013 and a professor of choral music at Old Dominion University since 1986. As a testament to her success, Dr. Klein has received a Lifetime Achievement Award, an ALLI University Professor Designation Award, the Robert L. Stern Award and a Joel S. Lewis Award.

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