Velma J. MacMillan Assistant Professor of Music and College Organist
B.M., Kansas State University
M.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A.,University of Iowa
D.M.A., University of Iowa
Brett Wolgast teaches organ, piano, and music theory-related courses. He is also Cantor at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, IA, where his responsibilities include serving as organist, accompanist, and director of instrumental ensembles.
Professor Wolgast received his Bachelor of Music degree and Performance Certificate in Piano and Organ from Kansas State University graduating magna cum laude. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. His primary teachers include: Mary Ellen Sutton, Catharine Crozier, Delbert Disselhorst, and Delores Bruch - Organ; and Robert Edwards and John Simms - Piano.
Dr. Wolgast achieved nation-wide recognition by winning the American Guild of Organists Open Competition in Organ Playing, and the Ft. Wayne, Indiana National Organ Competition. He has performed throughout the United States as a guest recitalist for AGO chapters and conventions as well as church and civic concert series. He is also active in the field of church music, having served as organist/choir director/worship coordinator for several churches in the Midwest as well as a clinician for sacred music workshops and classes. A member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Dr. Wolgast has been involved with regional and national boards and planning committees, and has published articles and reviews in the Association's periodical Cross Accents.