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.
Dr. Kurt von Kampen's Academic Programs
The Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy at Concordia Nebraska is the only program in Nebraska accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Here, you’ll become familiar with the professional work environment and apply your knowledge to clinical music therapy work with individuals, schools, nursing facilities and other agencies serving people of diverse needs.
A degree in music education from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to teach vocal and instrumental music to students K-12 in Lutheran, Christian, private or public schools. Some music teachers instruct students in a certain instrument, while others teach general music classes.
A degree in church music from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to lead and direct music in both traditional and contemporary worship settings. The degree also leads to rostered status in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod as a director of parish music for individuals who are members of an LCMS congregation.
As a music major at Concordia University, Nebraska, you will participate in ensembles, either choral or instrumental or both, as part of the requirements for your major. Since ensemble participation doesn’t necessarily factor into your official course load, you may find that you have more opportunities within your schedule to take additional electives that interest you to help round out your career options.