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 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.
Dr. Friesen-Carper has served congregations in the Mennonite, Disciples of Christ, and Lutheran denominations, and plays as a substitute keyboardist in worship at Valparaiso's Chapel of the Resurrection. His keyboard arrangements and compositions are published by both Mennonite and ELCA publishers. He has made presentations to national and regional meetings of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and led worship music with a mixed ensemble from Valpo at Jubilee 2000 in Chicago. He has also served as Village Musician many summers at Holden Village, Chelan, WA.
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