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Reginald Klopfenstein

Reginald Klopfenstein
  • Title Professor of Music
  • Work Phone 574.807.7253
  • Office Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center, Room 122 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

Dr. Reginald Klopfenstein is Associate Professor of Music at Bethel College where his activities include directing the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. Additionally, he teaches courses in music theory, music history and applied percussion. From 1982-1991 Dr. Klopfenstein held the position of Associate Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, working with many of today’s leading conductors, including: Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, Joseph Silverstein, and Erich Kunzel. He has also held the posts of Principal Percussionist and Principal Timpanist with the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra and Percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

He remains active as a percussionist performing in solo recitals, chamber music, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Bethel Faculty Jazz Trio. His articles on percussion performance have been published in the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. He holds the D.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University School of Music, and the B.M. from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. While at Indiana University he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance in percussion. He and his wife Kay are the proud parents of two sons, Matthew and Joshua, both of whom are students at Bethel College.


Teaching Interests:
Applied Percussion Lessons, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Music Theory, Music History, Academic Advising
Publications and Research:
  • Various articles published in the journal of the Percussive Arts Society
  • Doctoral document: “The solo concertos for multiple percussion and orchestra by Donald Erb and Robert Suderburg; an analysis of the musical materials and performance problems”
Awards and Achievements:
  • Associate Principal Timpanist and Percussionist for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (1982-1991)
  • Principal Percussionist and Timpanist for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra (1992-1996)
  • Percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (1991-1995)
  • Awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance in percussion at Indiana University
Community Involvement:
  • Performing percussionist in solo recitals and chamber music
  • Performing with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra
Professional Associations:
  • Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
  • American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
Personal Interests:
Tennis, Basketball, Reading
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