David Fienen

Faculty and Emeriti

Emeritus Professor of Music in Music

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), and Director of General Education ( 2002- 2007). He also served the College as Chair of the Faculty Senate as well as chair or member of several other standing committees of the faculty.

He was chair of the Music Department (1983-1986 and 2005-2009) and was the Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Professor of Fine Arts (2003-2009). He received degrees from Indiana University, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and the University of Minnesota. He 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, and 2010). 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 has been 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.

Dr. Fienen was secretary/treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians ( 2001-2005), having previously served as founding president of Region III from (1986-1988), and as treasurer for the 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.

He 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. He edited five volumes of organ works by Bender for Concordia Publishing House, published as a Commemorative Edition in 2005.

Since coming to Gustavus, Dr. Fienen has been Organist/Cantor at Christ Chapel and Professor of Music. He was chair of the Music Department from 2005-2009, and held the Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Professorship of Fine Arts from 2003-2009. He received degrees from Indiana University, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and the University of Minnesota. He has appeared as organ recitalist widely in the United States and Europe. In addition to a solo recital tour through North Germany and Berlin in 1982, he has toured Central Europe with both the Gustavus Brass Ensembles (1989) and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra (1994, 2006, 2010). 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. He 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 Lubeck, Germany, and an organ recital at the Schlosskirche in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

He was secretary/treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians from 2001 to 2005, having previously served as founding president of Region III (1986 1988) and as treasurer for their 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 HimFavorite 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 and he has edited five volumes of organ works by Bender for Concordia Publishing House.

Recent publications:

"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.

Education

B.Mus. Indiana University; M.A.Rel. Concordia Seminary (St. Louis); D.M.A. University of Minnesota

Interests

bicycling, music, reading, and travel



Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-220Organ302008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-178Handbell Choir102003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
MUS-224Harpsichord72006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-390Senior Music Capstone62009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
MUS-345Organ52009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2008/FA
MUS-395Honors in Performance42009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
MUS-111Music Theory I42004/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
MUS-112Music Theory II32005/SP, 2003/SP, and 2000/SP
MUS-165Orchestra in E Europe22014/JN and 2006/JN
MUS-245Organ22009/SP and 2008/FA
MUS-156Gustavus Choir22007/FA
MUS-397Honors Project in History Literature12007/FA
MUS-301Church Music, Liturgics12002/SP
MUS-268Career Exploration12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.