Professor of Music
Dennis Friesen-Carper is Reddel Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, where he conducts the Symphony, oratorio and theatrical works, and teaches composition. He is concurrently Principal Guest Conductor of the Wenqin Symphony Orchestra at Zhejiang University in China. He served as Valparaiso University Composer-in-Residence for the 2014–2015 academic year.
He has served as music director for Indiana Opera North, the Pasadena Philharmonic, and the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony. Guest conducting appearances include the Jiangsu Symphony, the Zhejiang Symphony, South Bend Symphony, DuPage Symphony, the Elkhart Symphony, and the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.
Previous academic positions include teaching posts at Goshen College and Bethel College (Kansas) and in public schools. He has served as festival conductor and clinician from Texas to Ontario and overseas, conducting and performing in over 40 states, China, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Japan and with the Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic, Great Lakes, and Lutheran Summer Music camp orchestras. He holds DMA and M.Mus. degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a B.A. from Bethel College (Kansas).
Active as a composer and arranger, Professor Friesen-Carper has served as composer-in-residence for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and has fulfilled commissions for the Houston Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Houston Chamber Singers, South Bend Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony, colleges, seminaries, churches, and schools. All-State ensembles in Ohio and Pennsylvania have performed his music, and the oratorio Innocents, a setting of a libretto by Walter Wangerin, Jr., was awarded the 2010 Arlin G. Meyer Prize. His work has been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress, and Faith and Life Press and recorded by Minnesota Public Radio, Platshon, Valpo ArtsMedia, and Pro Arte.