Ken attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received a bachelors 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 Ken retired from piano tuning to focus more on his music ministry and related skills.
Since graduating from Berklee, 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”. His responsibilities included choosing music, arranging, conducting and composing. A job he was well suited for with his education from a college specializing in contemporary music. He even took some of the traditional liturgy and put modern music to it which is still used and cherished by many of the St. James parishioners today.
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 has been able to hire some of the most amazing musicians in their field. This has translated directly into a diverse and unique music program unlike any other. At the end of 2021 Ken will retire to spend more time visiting family and working on original music projects.
In his free time Ken uses his musical abilities to raise funds for his favorite charities, including KidsUganda, Playing for Change, Beef4Hunger, COOL Ministries and The Alzheimer's Association. He also loves to sail and play disc golf, especially at his favorite spot in Northern Michigan where he and his wife, Chris, have a home. Ken also cherishes time with his wonderful family including a son, daughter, their spouses and five grandchildren.