Dr. David Janssen Joins Music Theory Faculty

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 6, 2019) – Dr. David Janssen joined the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Division of Music in the School of Fine Arts and Communication.

Janssen earned a BM in composition from Oklahoma City University in 2005. He later completed an MM in composition from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2011, he earned a DMA in composition from Boston University.

As a K-12 piano instructor at the Boston Suzuki Institute (2012-2014) and the Advent School (2014-2017), Janssen worked with students at the beginner and intermediate level. At the collegiate level, Janssen served as an instructor or adjunct professor at Boston University, Boston Baptist College, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Middlesex Community College. Most recently, he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Janssen has won numerous awards in his field including winning first place at the Student Music Theory Conference at Oklahoma City University (2005) and being named a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Orchestra-Professional Division (2012). He has composed over 15 original musical works, some of which have been included in professional recordings.

He has handled all facets of concert performance and used crowdfunding platforms to produce recordings of his compositions. In 2017, Janssen co-directed Art Made Audible, a concert series that featured commissioned saxophone quartet music accompanied by seven manipulated prints by visual artist Jan Arrabas.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Janssen to the music faculty here at BJU.  Our students will benefit greatly from his musical expertise,” says Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communication.