Plenary Speaker and Conference leaders

   Christoph Wolff is Adams University Research Professor at Harvard University. Born and educated in  Germany, he studied organ and historical keyboard instruments, musicology and art history at the Univesrities of Berlin, Erlangen, Toronto, Princeton, and Columbia Universities before joining the Harvard faculty in 1976 as Professor of Music. He has published widely on the history of music from the 15th to 20th centuries and has authored many books, including: Bach: Essays on His Life and Music, Johan Sebastian Bach:  The Learned Musician, and most recently, The Organs of J.S. Bach:  A Handbook (U of Illinois Press) and Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune:  Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791 (W.W. Norton). Wolff is a regular guest conductor in the Bach Cantata Series of Emmanuel Music in Boston and last year conducted the St. Matthew passion at the Winter Park Bach Festival.

James Bobb  is Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. Bobb holds performer’s certificates and Master of Music degrees in organ and harpsichord performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. He taught organ and organ literature at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio and has more than 20 years’ experience directing church music in Lutheran and United Church of Christ congregations, most recently First Congregational Church in Columbus.

David Cherwien, music director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer and organist. Cherwien holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and the Master of Arts degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota. He is a founding member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. In addition to his work as a composer, conductor and organist he serves as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Arthur Halbardier is a retired ELCA pastor who served congregations in Missouri and Illinois. Prior to his ordination, he was an organist and choral director for churches in New York City and Chicago. Halbardier received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. At Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, his dual interests in music and theology were reflected in his thesis, Johann Sebastian Bach as Theologian:  An Historical-Critical Analysis of His Clavierubung Part III, and Symbolum Nicenum from His Hohe Messe h-moll.

Catherine Rodland is artist in residence at St. Olaf College where she teaches organ and music theory. A graduate of St. Olaf, she received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. A specialist in both Baroque and 20th Century music, Rodland has presented masterclasses on Baroque performance practice and has been a regular participant in the Belvidere Chamber Music Festival in  Tennessee, which features yearly premieres and performances of music of living composers. Catherine has concertized throughout the United States, Canada and Germany.