Justin Knoepfel

Faculty

Assistant Professor of Viola, Conductor of the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra in Music, Music - Ensembles, and Music - Strings

Dr. Justin Knoepfel joined Gustavus in 2009. Dr. Knoepfel teaches viola, violin, music theory, string techniques, and is the conductor of the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Knoepfel graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in music. Two years later he received his Master of Music degree in viola from the University of Minnesota. Most recently Dr. Knoepfel received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in viola performance and a secondary emphasis in music theory at the University of Minnesota's School of Music.

Dr. Knoepfel has participated as a performer and faculty member in various programs including Dorian Music Festival, Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Salem Music Academy, Bravo!, and the International Viola Congress. In addition, Dr. Knoepfel is a substitute violist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and former principal violist of Exultate Chorus & Orchestra. He has performed throughout the United States and in Europe at such venues as Konzerthaus Wien, Orchestra Hall, Ordway Center, Le Jeune Lune Theatre, Bethel University, University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College and Luther College. He has performed extensively with members of the Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and others. His primary teachers have been Mr. Korey Konkol, Dr. Spencer Martin, and Mr. Tom Turner. His awards include the Clarence L. Torp Fellowship and the Berneking Fellowship.

Recent performances have included a guest artist recital at Luther College feauturing the music of Bach, Glinka, Schubert, and Shostakivch, a chamber music program at the Bridge Chamber Music Festival (Northfield, MN) playing Dvorak's Op. 97 Quintet, a solo recital of the music Rebecca Clarke, Stephen Paulus, and Handel, chamber music program of Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60, a program dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach (Brandenburg Concerto No. 6) soloist with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra playing Bruch's Concerto for Clarinet and Viola in E Minor, Op. 88 along with clarinetist Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson, and a recent solo recital of music for violin and viola (Britten Lachrymae, Mozart Violin Sonata K. 304, Bach Sonata for da Gamba and Keyboard in G Major, BWV 1027, Gabriela Lena Frank's Cinco Danza da Chambi). Other performances have included the world premiere of Steven Puts' Silent Night, Madame Butterfly, Werther, and Lucia di Lamermoor (Minnesota Opera). In the Spring of 2013 Dr. Knoepfel was featured as viola soloist with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra during their Spring national tour performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

Dr. Knoepfel is married to Elisa and they have four children, Sieara, Micah, Levi, Lauryn and a cat named Avery. Family is his life!

Education

B.A. Luther College, M.M. University of Minnesota, D.M.A. University of Minnesota

Interests

Cooking, Golf, The Bible, Family, and Star Wars



Courses Taught

MUS-171 (Philharmonic Orchestra), MUS-173 (Chamber Ensemble), MUS-261 (Violin), MUS-262 (Viola), MUS-263 (Cello), MUS-264 (String Bass), MUS-265 (Harp), MUS-361 (Violin), MUS-362 (Viola), MUS-363 (Cello), and MUS-364 (String Bass)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-173 String Ensemble 36 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-171 Philharmonic Orchestra 34 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-261 Violin 31 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-262 Viola 30 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
MUS-362 Viola 27 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
MUS-361 Violin 23 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-364 String Bass 18 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
MUS-263 Cello 17 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-363 Cello 17 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-264 String Bass 17 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
MUS-265 Harp 16 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
MUS-111 Music Theory I 7 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2013/FA, and 2012/FA
CUR-220 Musical Understanding 6 2019/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, 2015/JN, and 2014/JN
FTS-100 FTS:Berlin Wall Music 4 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
MUS-332 String Techniques 4 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, and 2012/SP
MUS-170 Symphony Orchestra 2 2018/SP
MUS-374 History of Western Music I 2 2015/FA and 2014/FA
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 1 2018/FA
MUS-101 Music Appreciation 1 2017/SP