Ken attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received a bachelor's degree in professional music. Having taken a course in basic piano tuning at Berklee, Ken further expanded his knowledge at The American Conservatory of music in Chicago and shortly after apprenticed for and was hired full time by Kurt Saphir Pianos in Wilmette. Five years later, with young kids at home and one of the parents needing to be home-based, the time was right for Ken to leave Kurt Saphir and go into business for himself. At the end of 2016 and after thirty years in the business Ken retired from piano tuning to focus on his music ministry.
Ken has played with many groups including the John Moulder Ken Hall Duo, The Last Dance Band, Jazz Conceptions, The Lil' Cow Band, Damascus Road, The Message Ensemble, The Good On Sunday Band & the Hellhounds. Ken has also been an active church musician for over 30 years. Starting with bell choirs and moving to worship bands as a volunteer, eventually he was hired by St. James Lutheran Church to lead their worship band “Damascus Road”.
When “The Community Worship Hour” transitioned from Saturday nights to Sunday mornings and became “The Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff” Ken was hired as the music director and a few years later dubbed “Minister of Music”. With Ken’s diverse musical background, and the many connections he has with outstanding musicians in the Chicago area and beyond, the church was able to hire some of the most amazing musicians in their field. Ken created a diverse music program unlike any other to match founder Tom Dickelman's vision. After nearly twenty years Ken retired from his music minister position at the end of 2021 and was dubbed "Music Minister Emeritus".
When not spending time with his wife Chris who also retired at the end of 2021, visiting family, traveling to unique places, kayaking, sailing or playing disc golf, Ken looks forward to creating some very special music projects in his retirement.