Chad Winterfeldt Named New Cantor at Gustavus

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt, who has served as an organist and adjunct instructor in the Music Department at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2004, has been named the College’s new Cantor. Dr. Winterfeldt will begin his new duties on August 1, 2014.

“The position of Cantor has been important to the community of Gustavus Adolphus College for decades,” President Jack Ohle said. “As we look to the future, this position will continue to be an essential leadership position for nurturing faith and building community at Gustavus. The search committee and I are confident that Dr. Winterfeldt is the right person for this role.”

The Cantor stewards the musical and liturgical gifts of the entire Gustavus community, building relationships with musicians and worship leaders and calling forth their gifts for the sake of planning and leading worship and events in Christ Chapel and around the campus. As a member of the Office of the Chaplains team, the Cantor works collaboratively with the Chaplains, students, and Music Department faculty to create faithful and beautiful worship and learning experiences for the entire Gustavus community.

Dr. Winterfeldt holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, a master in music degree in organ performance from Yale University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of numerous award and fellowships, including the Charles Ives Prize for an outstanding major in organ playing at Yale and the UNL Humanities Center Award for Graduate Research or Creative Activity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Winterfeldt is an accomplished organist.

Dr. Winterfeldt is an accomplished organist.

An accomplished performer, Dr. Winterfeldt has given more than fifty solo organ recitals around the country. He has served as Dean of the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the District Convener of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Region VI. In addition to his duties at Gustavus, Winterfeldt has recently served as Director of Music at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

Gustavus Chaplains Siri Erickson and Brian Konkol were pleased with the group of accomplished candidates that applied for the position from across the country and said that Dr. Winterfeldt rose to the top during the search process.

“Dr. Winterfeldt is an exceptional musician and gifted theologian. He is knowledgeable, wise, committed, and compassionate,” Chaplain Konkol said. “He is accomplished in both college and congregational settings. I fully believe that he will be a tremendous asset as we in the Office of the Chaplains continue to integrate faith and spirituality into the fullness of learning and life.”

“I am excited to have such a talented and passionate musician and worship leader joining our office,” Chaplain Erickson said. “Dr. Winterfeldt has shown a remarkable ability to recruit and engage students in all aspects of worship and music in Christ Chapel. I am confident that in this new role, he will continue to expand his connection with students in order to help them grow as musicians, leaders, and people of faith.”


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  1. Pastor Rod Anderson says:


    I am so pleased and excited for you and Gustavus…for students and the ministry of Christ Chapel!!

    Pastor Ambassador Rod Anderson

  2. James & Diane Stenson says:

    Chad: We are very happy for you and your family. Mostly, we are very pleased that your family will remain in St.Peter and continuing to worship at First Lutheran Church. Good Luck!! J&D

  3. Kathi Tunheim says:


    Congratulations! This is wonderful news.