Nancy Farndale studied at Iowa State University and completed her degree at St. Olaf College. She has worked in Rome, Italy, and in London, England. She was appointed chapel organist at Waldorf College in 1992 and she is also organist and choir director at the Forest City United Methodist Church. Mrs. Farndale lives in Forest City with her husband, a math and physics teacher at Waldorf, and her two young children. She has studied organ with Ruth Lee and Lynn Zeigler and composition with Iowa State University music graduate, Geoffrey Wilcken.
Carl Staplin is Head of the Keyboard Area at Drake University and Minister of Music at First Christian Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He has presented more than 150 recitals and workshops in the U.S., five European countries, and national and regional conventions of the AGO and MTNA. He was a featured artist for the 1996 national convention of the AGO in New York City. His CD recording of Bach's Clavierubung III is on the Calcante label, and his compositions and arrangements have been published by seven national publishing firms. His first teacher was Roberta Bitgood, followed by studies with Arthur Poister, Charles Krigbaum, Finn Videro, Howard Kelsey, and Anton Heiller at Syracuse University (BM), Yale University (MM), and Washington University (PhD). Studies in musicology and composition were with Paul Pisk, Ernst Bacon and Richard Donovan. European study was with Marie-Claire Alain and Andre Marchal, and he coached in improvisation with Jean Guillou. He also premiered Guillou's La Chapelle des Abimes.
Mary Nelson has been organist at Bethesda Lutheran
Church in Ames, Iowa for eighteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Music Education with an emphasis in Organ Performance from Augsburg College
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her career as a church organist began in high
school and has continued for 34 years. A former piano and organ teacher,
she has also taught vocal music in public schools in Iowa and Minnesota
and directed church choirs ranging in age from young children to adults.
Mary is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
William Kuhlman, Professor of Music at Luther College, has taught in Decorah since 1969. Prior to coming to Luther he was Professor of Organ at Jamestown College. He is a cum laude graduate of Saint Olaf College and Syracuse University where he received his advanced degree. Among his major instructors have been David N. Johnson, Arthur Poister, David Craighead, Grethe Krogh, and Harald Vogel
Mr. Kuhlman has been a recitalist throughout this country and abroad. In 1991 he concluded a ten concert tour of Norway which included an appearance at the prestigious Olavsdagene Festival at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. In the summer of 1992, he was invited as the only American organist to appear at the renowned Sommerfest in Vienna, Austria at the court church of St Augustin. In 1993, he was heard four times on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", "Saint Paul Sunday Morning," "Pipedreams," and "All Things Considered". He has Recorded on the large mechanical action organ at Luther College built by Robert Sipe and has received outstanding reviews in many national organ journals and newspapers. He has appeared as a guest speaker and performer at workshops and conclaves of various church bodies and the American Guild of Organists. His expert service playing is heard at daily and Sunday Chapel worship of the Luther College campus community.
Ruth Harris is Associate Music Director and Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines. Her formal organ studies began at Northwestern University, where she subsequently received the Bachelor of Music (with Highest Distinction) and Master of Music degrees in Church Music. Her organ teachers have included Andre Marchal and Jean Langlais while on a Fulbright grant to Paris, and Anton Heiller during a year's residency in Vienna. Following a year of doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Ms. Harris moved to Des Moines, where she has served as organist at Grace Methodist and Plymouth Congregational Churches, as accompanist for the Des Moines Concert Singers, the Des Moines Children's Choruses, and the Drake University Choirs, as well as, on occasion, organist with the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Choral Society. She has for several semesters served as visiting adjunct instructor of organ at Drake University.
Marilou Kratzenstein is Professor of Organ and Acting Director of the School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa. She came to the university in 1975 with experience on the faculties of Calvin College, Sam Houston State University, Dominican College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a B.A. degree from Calvin College, an M.A. degree from Ohio State University and a D.M.A. degree from the University of Iowa.
As a Fulbright scholar in Paris, Dr. Kratzenstein studied organ with Andre Marchal and Jean Langlais aud pursued additional musical studies with Nadia Boulanger and Norbert Dufourcq at the Ecole normale de la musique. She has since made several concert tours in Europe, performing in Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Constance, Hamburg, Cologne, Herford, Stockholm, Brussels and other cities. In 1968 and 1969, she was co-director of the American Organ Institute in Freiburg, West Germany.
Dr. Kratzenstein has also traveled extensively in the United States and Canada as a recitalist and lecturer, performing for colleges, universities, churches, and various chapters of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, she has written numerous articles on organ music and related topics. She is the author of A Survey of Organ Literature and Editions, which has been widely adopted as a textbook for university organ literature courses, and co-author with Jerald Hamilton of a discography entitled Four Centuries of Organ Music.
Larry Peterson, Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, since 1989, Received his education from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois in Organ Performance and the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music. He is certified and commissioned by the American Lutheran Church as a Church Staff Associate in Music Ministeries. Larry Peterson is currently in doctoral candidate in organ performance at the University of Iowa. He has given several recitals in the central United States. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of organists, Blackhawk Chapter, and regional convention chairman. Larry Peterson has worked extensively for the Association of Lutheran Church musicians as a conference organist and editor of publications. He has given clinics including the National Worship and Music Conferences, ALC. Mr. Peterson holds professional memberships in the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Armstrong Choristers Guild.
Dr. Davis L Folkerts, Professor of Music at Central College, Pella, Iowa; his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College; Master of Sacred Music Degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City; and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. The doctorate was awarded in the field of organ performance and pedagogy, the first degree of its kind conferred in Iowa.
Dr. Folkerts did additional work at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Reformed Church in America located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The emphasis was on church music and Christian education. His organ teachers include Eskill Randolph, Laurence Grooters, Russell Saunders, Robert Baker, Alec Wyton and Gerhard Krapf.
He has served as organist and/or choir director at the Forreston Reformed Church, Forreston, Illinois; Bethany Memorial Reformed Church in New York City; Second Reformed Church of Somerville, New Jersey; First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, North Dakota; and the First Baptist and Second Reformed Churches of Pella.
Dr. Folkerts served on the faculty of Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, prior to coming to Central College in 1967.
Widely acclaimed for his expertise on the organ. Dr. Folkerts has performed solo recitals at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Bethany Memorial Reformed Church in New York City, and in numerous churches throughout Iowa and Illinois, and in Nebraska, New Jersey, Arizona, Quebec, Canada, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and in York and London, England. In 1974 and 1985 he was one of several prominent Central Iowa organists invited to play in a six-hour Bach festival in Des Moines, Iowa.
He has organized and performed in numerous hymn festivals, one for the General Synod (national convention) of the Reformed Church in America. He is in frequent demand as an organ competition adjudicator, as a consultant for churches purchasing or renovating their organs, and as a church music workshop clinician.
Dr. Folkerts was recently named to Central College's first endowed chair, the Joan Kuyper Farver Professor of Music. He is a member of the American Choral Directors' Association, currently serving as regional chair for Church Music, the American Guild of Organists, a past dean of Central Iowa Chapter, the Organ Historical Society, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the Hymn Society of North America.
Dr. Folkerts and his wife, Alyce, are parents of four sons.
Royce Stroup Hubert holds both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Additional studies have also been taken at the Kirchenmusik-schule (Church Music School) in Spandau, Berlin, Germany. Her teachers in organ and composition have included E. F. Blackmer, Frederick F. Jackisch, Karl Hochreither, David L. Beyer, Jan Bender, and Renate and Heinz Werner Zimmermann. Ms. Hubert has served on synodical committees for Worship, Music and the Arts in the LCA and ALC, predecessor bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has given workshops in South Dakota and Iowa. She is organist and choir director of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa, and maintains Adoramus Studio in her home where she teaches privately on a five stop Nordlie tracker organ. She is the author of Creative Hymn Playing available from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis.
Jerry Asheim, Organist and Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Perry, Iowa, has been in the music ministry for the past twenty years. He has served in the Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic Church and United Methodist Church in the Twin Cities area and in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Asheim holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied organ with Heinrich Fleischer, and the Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. While doing graduate work with Dr. Fleischer, Mr. Asheim was an organ instructor at the University of Minnesota.
With a Chinese son, a Norwegian/Swedish daughter, two dogs, two cats, four parakeets and several dozen fish, Mr. Asheim lives in an old farmhouse in the woods near Dawson, Iowa.