The King's Connection Magazine Volume 23 Number 2//Fall 2012 - Page 7

featured article Jacobus Kloppers Born in South Africa, Dr. Kloppers credits God’s providence with bringing his family to Canada in 1976. With no job offer and no job openings, he came directly to Edmonton and shortly after started at St John’s Anglican Church as the organist and music director, a position he still holds today. Growing up in a musical family, he began playing piano at the age of six and took up the organ at 17. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Honours degree at the University of Potchefstroom. In 1961 he received a scholarship from the University of South Africa to study Applied Organ at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main with Professor Helmut Walcha and Musicology at Frankfurt University. After completing his Ph.D degree with a thesis on the interpretation of Bach’s Organ Music in 1966, he returned to South Africa to teach at the University of the Orange Free State before coming to Canada in 1976. In addition to teaching at King’s, Dr. Kloppers teaches organ privately, and as a frequently-commissioned composer has created works for The South African Foundation for Creative Arts, the Friends of the Winspear, the CBC, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, various publishers and private sponsors. Of his time at King’s, Dr. Kloppers most enjoyed the challenge of building a music program from scratch. Alongside his colleagues from other disciplines, they worked collaboratively with the collective goal of offering a high-quality Christian liberal arts education. “My experience at King’s has offered me a lifetime of rewarding relationships nurturing students, developing a music program and sharing with my colleagues the fruits of our labours.” says Dr. Kloppers. ? What students have to say sum is a daunting “ ToOn theup my memories of Dr. Kloppersmemory of him task. other hand, choosing only one is like trying to take a sip out of a fire hydrant.  Quite simply, the man is iconic.  He’s a living legend — a monument to the renaissance of the European art of organ from the twentieth century onward.  I can attest to this given the words of my doctoral adviser who, flabbergasted to learn that I had studied with Dr. Kloppers, exclaimed “Kloppers? Jacobus Kloppers? The Kloppers? ” Leora Nauta (’08 B.Mus.) PhD Candidate, Universiteit Utrecht. highlight attending “ A special a teacher.ofMusicology,King’s was having Dr. Kloppers for Music History, and organ lessons would not have been the same without his expertise, passion and humour. But when university life got inevitably stressful, one thing stands out in my memory above everything else: coffee with Dr. Kloppers. His warm invitations for coffee and a chat helped to make the task of juggling student life with motherhood all the more bearable. His kindness and humour never failed to bring a smile to his students and others, and King’s would not have been the same without him! ” Jenna Nydam (’10 B.Mus.) “ Dr. Kloppers has been a significant figure in my King’s experience.  He was the first person I met when considering the Bachelor of Music program, and his impeccably genteel nature, quick wit and kind enthusiasm for students instantly won my heart.  He inspires respect and love from his students, which deepens with each year of study. He is the epitome of musical knowledge and simultaneous humility, combined with a treasure trove of witticisms that leave his class in stitches.  The music program is what it is today because of his vision and dedication; Dr. Kloppers is truly a tribute to King’s.    ” Cara-Joy Roeseler (’10 B. Mus.) The King’s Connection /// Fall 2012 /// 5