Kurt E. von Kampen

Kurt E. von Kampen

Professor of Music

Chair of the Music Department
Director of Choral Activities 

Office: Music Center 116
Office phone: 402-643-7378
Email: Kurt.vonKampen@cune.edu


Kurt E. von Kampen is the fourth conductor in the 76-year history of the University A Cappella Choir. Before coming to Concordia in 1998, he served as head of the choral program at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and as director of music at Lutheran High School in Westland and Northwest in the Detroit area. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Nebraska Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education (MENC). From 2004 to 2007, he served on the LCMS Commission on Worship. In 2007 he received the university's annual award for excellence in teaching. Kurt has conducted the honor choir for the National Youth Gathering for the past four gatherings. He was awarded the 2012 Choral Director of the year award by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association.

In addition to conducting choirs, von Kampen enjoys composing music, leading youth choirs and clinics, and teaching courses related to choral music. His choral compositions are available from Concordia Publishing House and Colla Voce music publications. He and his wife Dory have four children: David, Paul, Rachel and Andrea.


Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.M., Oakland University
B.S., Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska

Courses taught

University A Cappella Choir, University Chamber Choir, Advanced Choral Conducting, Choral Literature, Voice