John Eggert is Emeritus Professor of Music at Concordia University, Saint Paul where he has taught organ, music theory, and composition. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Iowa (DMA in Organ Performance and Pedagogy) and Northwestern University (MM in Organ Performance). His mentors include Delbert Disselhorst, Robert Lodine, Richard Enright, and Charles Ore (organ), Gerhard Krapf (organ and improvisation), and Theodore Beck (theory and composition).
Dr. Eggert joined Concordia's music faculty in 1978 and retired in 2011. During his tenure he held a number of administrative posts, among them chair of the music department and coordinator of the director of parish music program. He was instrumental in establishing Concordia's Guest Artist Recital Series and chaired the recital committee from 1979 to 2002.
Dr. Eggert contributed to campus worship life as chapel organist and from 1985 to 1989 as director of chapel music and director of Jubilate, Concordia's chapel choir.
Dr. Eggert has presented recitals, workshops, and lectures for churches, colleges and chapters of the American Guild of Organists throughout the United States. In 1989 he received a faculty fellowship from the Blandin Foundation to perform and record a program of new organ music by Minnesota composers, a program that was aired on National Public Radio in 1993 and again in 2000.
Among Dr. Eggert's organ compositions are Six Hymn Preludes, Sets I-VI, sets of variations on five hymn tunes -- Wondrous Love, Nettleton, Shades Mountain, Slane and Foundation -- and Creative Hymn Accompaniments, all published by Concordia Publishing House.
Compositions for trumpet and organ include processionals on "Christ is the King" and "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," both published by Concordia Publishing House. Commissioned pieces for brass quartet and choir include "Sing with All the Saints in Glory," published by Concordia Publishing House and "Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)," published by GIA. "The Morning Trumpet," a piece for organ, brass quintet, and timpani and commissioned by Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, is published by Brassworks4.
Dr. Eggert's choral music has been published by CPH, Augsburg Fortress, GIA, MorningStar, and Northwestern Publishing House and includes hymn anthems, hymn concertos, psalm settings, and arrangements of African American spirituals.
Dr. Eggert and his wife, Linda, met at Concordia University, Nebraska when both were members of the chapel choir. They enjoy traveling, especially to parks and other natural areas around the country and have a strong interest in environmental issues. They are the parents of four children.