David at St. Jacobi, Luebeck
organist, pianist, harpsichordist
Emeritus Professor of Music
Gustavus Adolphus College
mobile: (507) 420-9521
St. Peter, MN
David Fienen is Emeritus Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He retired in 2011 after 38 years as Cantor at Christ Chapel and Professor of Music. Most recently, he served for two years as Provost and Dean of the College, having previously been Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2000-2001), Associate Dean of the College from (1993-1996). He also served the College as Director of General Education ( 2002- 2007), Chair of the Faculty Senate as well as chair or member of several other standing committees of the faculty.
Chair of the Music Department (1983-1986 and 2005-2009) and the Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Professor of Fine Arts (2003-2009), he holds degrees from Indiana University, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and the University of Minnesota, and continues his active performance career in the United States and Europe. In addition to a solo recital tour through North Germany and Berlin, he has toured Central Europe with both the Gustavus Brass Ensembles (1989) and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra (1994, 2006, 2010, and will again in 2014). In June 1990, he was an artist/fellow with the Bach Aria Festival and Institute at Stony Brook, N.Y. Since 1988 he has been the keyboardist and occasional soloist with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, was Assistant Conductor of the Mankato-based choral group Musicorum during fall 1999, and for several years was the performance accompanist for both Musicorum and the St. Peter Choral Society. In July 2004, he played an Orgelvesper at St. Jacobi in Lübeck, Germany, and an organ recital at the Schlosskirche in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.He now collaborates with the JUSTHREE BRASS trio, serves as a frequent substitute organist for area churches, and is the Volunteer Archivist for First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
He was secretary/treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (2001-2005), having previously served as founding president of Region III (1986-1988), and as treasurer for ALCM 1993 and 1995 biennial conferences. From 1983 to 1986 he was on the executive board of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and from 1995 to 1997 he was on the board of directors and chair of the finance committee of The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Fienen has recorded Hymns and Fanfares (with Gustavus Brass Ensembles) and Let Us Adore Him; Favorite Swedish Hymns; and Favorite Norwegian Hymns (with the Gustavus Choir), which are available from the Book Mark at Gustavus Adolphus College. He also appears as organ or harpsichord soloist and accompanist on three CDs produced by Musicorum. His current research is focused on the life and works of Jan Bender.
"Jan Bender; Church Musician of the 20th Century", published in Perspectives on Organ Playing and Musical Interpretation; A Festschrift for Heinrich Fleischer at 90 (available from the Organ Historical Society).
The Master Organ Works of Jan Bender; A Commemorative Edition, 5 volumes, edited by David Fienen. St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 2005.
Last edited: May 2013