Kurt's professional credentials are legendary in church music circles. For over forty years, he has influenced modern day church music and has helped usher in a new era in American Christian music. In November 2001, Kurt was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.
Crossing denominational boundaries, Kurt's compositions have found their way into many church hymnals. He has achieved subtle trend changes by maintaining sensitivity to music already widely accepted by the church, yet he has also managed to move into new and unexplored areas that have broadened the realm of worshipful, sacred music. The Lost Art of Listening project has been hailed as one of the finest recorded works available today.
Best known for the songs, Pass It On and Oh How He Loves You and Me, Kurt continues to compose traditional church music. He also conducts intensive choral workshops and is a highly respected producer and arranger for both national and international artists. Kurt recently served a term as President of the Waco Symphony Association. In 1992 ASCAP awarded Kurt a special Lifetime Achievement Award. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree from Trinity College in Illinois and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Baylor University in Waco. Kurt has recorded sixteen solo albums at the piano and he received a Dove Award for the recording titled, Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.
During the past four decades Kurt has copyrighted more than 200 songs, one of the latest being a Christmas piece, One Quiet Night, that was premiered by the Waco Symphony Orchestra in December 1999. Later that same month, Kurt was in Sweden at the request of the United States Ambassador. He had been invited to perform at a gala Christmas gathering of guests and dignitaries at the prestigious Museum of History in Stockholm. Kurt arranged and prepared a variety of musical selections for the evening's performance, and shared the stage with a gifted soprano and a string quartet. Kurt described the warm, yet festive, atmosphere of the evening as, "Not like tinsel, but like candlelight – or the sparkle in someone's eye."
Kurt's timeless compositions have helped insure that music in its purest form will continue to be embraced in the American church worship experience.