Justin Knoepfel

Faculty

Associate Professor of Music (Chair of the Music Dept.) in Music, Music - Ensembles, and Music - Strings

Dr. Justin Knoepfel joined Gustavus in 2009, and currently teaches viola, violin, and is the chair of the Department of Music. He graduated from Luther College (B.A.), received his Master of Music degree in viola from the University of Minnesota, and 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 performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, South Dakota Symphony, Mankato Symphony, LaCrosse Symphony, and others. He has performed extensively 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 also 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. Additionally, Dr. Knoepfel has participated as a performer and faculty member in various programs including Dorian Music Festival, MNSOTA Summer String Camp, Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, Salem Music Academy, Bravo!, and the International Viola Congress. 

Recent performances have included solo, orchestral, and chamber music engagements -- most notably with the Bridge Chamber Music Festival, South Dakota Symphony, Ballet West, Minnesota Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Opera at Mill City, Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, World Piano e-Competition, and more. He has also had the pleasure of playing with Idina Menzel, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. His performing career is varied and exciting.

Dr. Knoepfel is married to Elisa and they have five children: Sieara, Micah, Levi, Lauryn, and Emilia. Regan the dog (a bernedoodle) and a cat named Avery (a ragdoll) are allowed to live in the house. Family is his life!

Education

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



Courses Taught

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 42 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 39 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 38 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 36 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 33 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 31 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 24 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 21 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 21 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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-363 Cello 21 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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-265 Harp 20 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 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 8 2019/FA, 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-390 Senior Music Major Capstone Experience 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-395 Honors in Performance 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 2 2019/FA and 2018/FA
MUS-170 Symphony Orchestra 2 2018/SP
MUS-374 History of Western Music I 2 2015/FA and 2014/FA
MUS-101 Music Appreciation 1 2017/SP