Chad Winterfeldt

Faculty and Administrator

Adjunct Professor of Organ, Visiting Instructor of Handbells in Music, and Interim College Organist in Chaplains' Office, Music - Keyboard, and Music - Instrumental

Chad Winterfeldt teaches organ, music history and handbells at Gustavus and serves as the interim College Organist. He received a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Nebraska where he studied with George Ritchie and Quentin Faulkner. His doctoral document focused on the organ music of Pamela Decker, an American composer living in Arizona. His musical interests include music for the church and organ music of the 20th century.

Dr. Winterfeldt earned his bachelor's degree at Concordia College, Moorhead and his master's degree at Yale University. While at Yale, he won the Charles Ives Prize for an outstanding major in organ playing in 1994 and the Julia R. Sherman Prize for excellence in organ playing in 1995. At Yale, he studied with Thomas Murray and Charles Krigbaum. Other teachers include Clyde Holloway at Rice University and Peter Nygaard at Concordia College.

Career highlights include the solo performance in 2002 on the Bach organ (built in 1746 by Zacharias Hildebrandt) at Wenzelskirche in Naumburg, Germany and a three-year tenure as Associate Organist for Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas (home to an instrument based on the Central German designs of Hildebrandt and others.) In recent years, Dr. Winterfeldt has performed the complete La Nativite du Seigneur (The Birth of Our Lord), a set of nine meditations for organ by Olivier Messiaen at Christ Chapel in February 2009, the Hildegard Organ Cycle, a multi-movement set by American Frank Ferko, and the Great Eighteen organ chorales by J. S. Bach. 

In addition to his work at Gustavus, Chad serves First Lutheran Church, Saint Peter, as Director of Music. He has served his professional community as the Dean of the Sioux Trails chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Active in the Association of Lutheran Church musicians, he was the Secretary/Treasurer of Region 3 (2008 - 2010) and has presented materials at regional conferences. He is married to pianist Beth Winterfeldt; together they raise their three children Quentin, Eleanor, and Cecily.


B.M. Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.; M.M. Yale University; D.M.A. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln


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Courses Taught


MUS-178 (Handbell Choir), MUS-245 (Organ), and MUS-345 (Organ)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-178Handbell Choir322013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
MUS-345Organ42013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-245Organ32013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-374History of Western Music I22013/FA and 2012/FA