Chad Fothergill, Cantor

Regina Holmen Fryxell and Patricia Schad Leege Organ and Church Music Chair

The Paul Bouman Endowed Chapel Choir Chair


Chad Fothergill (LSM ‘00) received degrees in organ performance from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Iowa where he studied with David Feinen and Delbert Disselhorst. He presently holds a University Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his dissertation research examines Lutheran music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, particularly the musical, social, cultural, and economic threads that intersect in the office of Kantor

In addition, he serves Cambridge University Press as editorial assistant for the journal Eighteenth-Century Music, and is a frequent contributor—both as writer and composer—to worship planning resources of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). His work can be found in Sundays and Seasons, Living Lutheran, Reformation 500 Sourcebook, Augsburg Chorale Book, and the ALCM journals CrossAccent and In Tempo.

He previously served on faculties at the University of Delaware, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival where he taught a variety of secondary, undergraduate, and graduate courses in history, theory, organ performance, and church music. He remains active as an organist in liturgical, solo, and collaborative settings throughout the greater Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas, and has performed or presented papers, workshops, and lecture-recitals at gatherings of, among others, the American Guild of Organists (AGO), ALCM, ELCA, Haydn Society of North America, North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, and Society for Christian Scholarship in Music. 

He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.